Swingers

Swingers

4.3 10
Director: Doug Liman

Cast: Doug Liman, Jon Favreau, Vince Vaughn, Ron Livingston

     
 

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A knowing examination of the psyche of the modern American male, Doug Liman's debut comedy Swingers stars screenwriter Jon Favreau as the sensitive Mike, a struggling actor and stand-up comic looking for romance in the wake of the dissolution of a six-year relationship. Against his better judgment, he hits the town with his pal Trent (Vince Vaughn, in aSee more details below

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A knowing examination of the psyche of the modern American male, Doug Liman's debut comedy Swingers stars screenwriter Jon Favreau as the sensitive Mike, a struggling actor and stand-up comic looking for romance in the wake of the dissolution of a six-year relationship. Against his better judgment, he hits the town with his pal Trent (Vince Vaughn, in a star-making performance), a retro-hip smooth-talker who calls women "babies" and feels compelled to illustrate to Mike the error of his gentlemanly ways. First in Las Vegas and later in a series of hip L.A. nightspots, the duo and their other pals, including a guy named Sue (Patrick Van Horn), prowl for women, looking for kicks and cheap thrills. The difference is that while Trent wants sex, Mike wants love and romance. Only when he learns to simply be himself does he find what he's looking for.

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No film better captures the mix of frustration, ennui, thrills, and hipness that characterizes working and socializing in the LA "biz" crowd, in which dynamos like Vince Vaughn's Trent and homesick East Coasters like Jon Favreau's Mikey nomadically slink from bar to bar and party to party (each in his own car, of course). Vaughn's career was born with his incredibly loose supporting role as the bright-eyed, sarcastic, eternally self-confident, and surprisingly sweet Trent. Where a lesser movie might make Trent invincible, or give him nasty feet of clay, Swingers instead reveals its superman simply to be human. That's why Swingers is so successful, both comically and dramatically: it is true not only to the surreal LA scene but also to the people who inhabit it. Swingers shows them for what they are: talented, rootless socialites in a fairyland in which they're always a few steps from stardom and a half-step from working at Starbucks. They're like young adults everywhere, only with better dialogue, snazzier lingo, and cooler shirts. Doug Liman's direction and Favreau's sharp script are both "money," though Favreau's sullen Mikey is a little too much of a whiner, one of the film's few weaknesses. It should also be said that, owing to its faithful depiction of LA, the movie is funnier once you've spent even a single evening in the city of the beautiful and unemployed. Nevertheless, Swingers is a dead-on comic snapshot that will resonate with anyone who's ever experienced the terrifying and exhilarating world of young, single adulthood.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/15/2011
UPC:
0031398134770
Original Release:
1996
Source:
Miramax Lionsgate
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:36:00
Sales rank:
8,416

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jon Favreau Mike
Vince Vaughn Trent
Ron Livingston Rob
Patrick Van Horn Sue
Alex Désert Actor
Heather Graham Lorraine
Deena Martin Actor
Brooke Langton Actor
Blake Lindsley Actor

Technical Credits
Doug Liman Director,Cinematographer
Jon Favreau Co-producer,Screenwriter
Brad Halvorson Production Designer
Julianne Kelley Musical Direction/Supervision
Avram Ludwig Associate Producer,Asst. Director
Stephen Mirrione Editor
Justin Reinhardt Songwriter
Alan B. Samuels Sound/Sound Designer
Bradford L. Schlei Associate Producer
Victor Simpkins Producer
Genevieve Tyrrell Costumes/Costume Designer
Cary Woods Executive Producer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Credits
2. The Rub
3. Double Down
4. Big Winners
5. Trailer Park
6. Buddies
7. Night on the Town
8. Local Hangout
9. Short-Term Relationship
10. You & Me & the Bottle Make Three
11. Lorraine
12. Late Breakfast
13. New Day, New Man
14. End Credits

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