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Swingers [VHS] [1997]

Vince Vaughn , Heather Graham , Doug Liman    Suitable for 15 years and over   VHS Tape
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Vince Vaughn, Heather Graham, Jon Favreau, Ron Livingston, Patrick Van Horn
  • Directors: Doug Liman
  • Writers: Jon Favreau
  • Producers: Jon Favreau, Avram Ludwig, Bradford L. Schlei, Cary Woods, Nicole LaLoggia
  • Language: English
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Pathe
  • VHS Release Date: 1 Oct 1999
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CVNP
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 387,037 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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For anyone who wants to catch a glimpse of the Los Angeles "lounge" scene that was in vogue during the early and mid-1990s, here's the movie that virtually defined that brief but colourful nightlife milieu. As an added bonus, it just happens to be a very funny, observant story about love, loss and male bonding among a group of friends who struggle to find decent jobs by day, and lurk through Hollywood's hottest nightclubs by night. A sort of latter-day Rat Pack, they include Mike (writer-actor Jon Favreau) and his closest buddy, Trent (Vince Vaughn), who are waiting for the big show-biz break that seems to be eluding them. Mike's twisted up about the girlfriend he left back East to pursue his going-nowhere standup comedy career, and Trent uses the word "money" as an adjective ("Man, we look totally money tonight") with such frequency that you may find yourself slipping into lounge-lizard mode after watching the movie. One of the most noteworthy indie-film success stories of the 90s, Swingers is a time-capsule comedy that seized its moment in the spotlight, launched several promising careers and continues to maintain its lasting appeal. --Jeff Shannon

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Struggling actor Mike (Jon Favreau) left a six-year relationship behind in New York when he moved to Hollywood in search of stardom. But he cannot get over his ex, Michelle, who has now embarked on a new relationship. In an attempt to cheer Mike up, his friends take him out for a night on the town, hitting various clubs and bars. Their attempts to find solace in the arms of willing females find varying degrees of success.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate 'bloke flick' 13 Sep 2005
I first saw this film with a group of my mates at Uni and it was almost the perfect audience for this film. There are many so-called 'chick flicks' that combine tales of relationship with humour and "that's me" moments (or so I'm told) - think Bridget Jones - but few of the same for guys.
Well, Swingers fills that void. Instead of being a story about a group of guys getting into slapstick scrapes and unfeasible situations with women, like Old School or Road Trip, it goes deeper and has a more sensitive edge - but with a wicked wit that ever prevents it becoming sentimental.

The comedy is subtle and clever, having some of that uncomfortably realistic and awkward quality that made "The Office" so unwatchably watchable. Favreau and Vaughn's breakthrough performances create rounded characters that are right on the 'money'. Doug Liman (of later Bourne Identity fame) makes superb use of the low budget set up and borrowed locations to bring to life an atmospheric, cool but unglamorous Los Angeles, that is by turns unpretentious and overblown.
The real genius here, though, is Favreau's script, which contains the kind of true-to-life, quickfire, vernacular-filled dialogue that a group of guys can evolve amongst themselves. It will be easily recognisable to any chaps watching and the emotions expressed through it, ranging from anxiety over how best to chat up a girl to wondering why she hasn't called, will also be all too familiar.
Buy it. Oh, and get used to the words 'Money' and 'Baby'!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Boys keep swinging 23 Jun 2005
By russell clarke TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
I expect anyone who's a fan of this film will already own it on DVD, but here nearly ten years after its theatrical release (1996) is the Special Edition. Whether you buy depends on how much you love the film and how badly you want to hear the various commentaries or the making of or the deleted scenes. Worth seeing/hearing though they undoubtedly are, the real reason for owning this is the movie , a series of pacy fast talking comedy vignettes set in the L.A. lounge social scene and revolving around a bunch of young studs all out to have as good a time as possible as young guys are wont to do.
This is the debut feature of Doug Liman ("Go", The Bourne Identity") who clearly wasn't blessed with a large budget but directs in a metricious understated manner and is privileged to have a cracking script from Jon Favreau who also plays the lead role of Mike Peters, a jobless actor who is still hung up on the split from his ex- girlfriend. Peters is by turns annoyed and cajoled by his rapaciously slick best mate Trent who is played superbly by Vince Vaughn, as he attempts to cure his friend of his moribund obsession with his ex. They go to bars, have confrontations with other men, argue and try to pull women. It doesn't sound much but it's very funny and furnishes us with a some unforgettable scenes. There is one involving an answering machine that comes close to genius and Vaughn's attempted seduction of a young women across the seats of a bar diner is almost as good. Best of all though is the scene where Mike finally hit's it lucky, dancing with vertiginous glee to the swinging Big Bad Voodoo Daddy which brilliantly encapsulates the thrill of meeting someone new and just letting go.
This is a terrific hugely enjoyable film, crackling with energy and spiky wit.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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I enjoy this quirky movie quite a bit, and get more out of it with each subsequent viewing. Okay, so it's got Vince Vaughn playing yet another semi-obnoxious lothario. It's got a displaced New Yorker who is -- SURPRISE! -- neurotic and whiny, something we've only ever seen in almost every single Woody Allen film (amongst others). It's got the Token Cool African-American Friend Who Doesn't Have That Many Lines. Yet at the same time, this was actually Vince's FIRST semi-obnoxious lothario role (which no doubt set him up for being cast in further such roles), and his character does redeem himself by being sincerely concerned about his friends, going above and beyond the call of duty to help them. The Neurotic Displaced New Yorker actually grows as a person with the help of his friends, and becomes balanced and likeable. And the Token Cool African-American Friend STAYS cool throughout the film without any over-the-top comedic cracking of the veneer during stressful moments.

The music is excellent, especially if you're into Swing, Big Band, and Jazz. I think it was the music (and the attendant anachronistic zoot suits) that caught my fancy on the first time through, and the plot and characters kinda grew on me in subsequent viewings. The excessive use of pseudo-hipster slang either enchants you or grates on your nerves; it's not a take-it-or-leave-it part of the film. Personally, if I hear anyone using "money" as an adjective ever again, my first response will be physical violence. And that's the ONLY reason I haven't given this film full marks. But it IS a fairly big reason for me.

Still, this is one of those films where the popularity and fan base started out slow and small but grew to cult status with exponential speed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 1 month ago by Pen Name
4.0 out of 5 stars A great little gem
I discovered this movies many years ago, when it was released on VHS in the Sates. It arrived to Italy years later, and it was already a classic to me. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Elleppi
4.0 out of 5 stars If Goodfellas was comedy...
Swingers is about five guys who are dealing with single life in various different ways, all sharing experiences as they go from one L.A. bar to the next. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Albatross
5.0 out of 5 stars Got a mate moping too long over a lost love ?
Got a mate moping too long over a lost love ?

Then this is the movie for you gather a few mates round hand them a beer sit them down and turn on the movie. Read more
Published 16 months ago by bigbill
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film, looks fantastic on blu-ray
The film is very funny and entertaining. One you can watch many times. PQ is excellent in my opinion. It looks as good as is supposed to. Read more
Published 17 months ago by F. J. Prado
5.0 out of 5 stars This film is so money!
A friend told me about this film years ago but never really sold it to me. It was only recently I got around to watching with a friend and instantly bought myself a copy! Read more
Published 18 months ago by vincef13
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this film
First watched this back in 1998. After having lived in LA for a while, i can relate to the weird and wonderful life of a wanna-be-actor can be like, particulalry on the hollywood... Read more
Published 19 months ago by ssisodia
5.0 out of 5 stars So Money It Doesn't Even Know It!
Swingers is John Favreau's semi autobiographical account of a group of struggling actors headed west to get their foot on the slippery showbiz ladder in LA. Read more
Published on 3 Sep 2011 by Curlysaurus
5.0 out of 5 stars Quadrophenia set in LA but better
Having spent a great deal of time, money and effort building a collection of classic films I soon realised that most films aren't suited to repeat viewing. Read more
Published on 24 Dec 2010 by Mr. Simon Green
5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny and unique
There aren't too many films like this around. It's kind of a Sex in the City for guys, although I think it came along before the SATC series. Read more
Published on 20 Nov 2010 by Scott
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