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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 colorful 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, this time-capsule comedy seized its moment in the spotlight, launched several promising careers, and continues to maintain its lasting appeal. --Jeff Shannon
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Mike is the heart of the film. His painful, awkward attempts to forget long-time girlfriend Michele and move on with his life made me laugh and cringe. The support and empathy that he receives from his friends adds a dimension to those characters and rescues them from becoming one-dimensional party boys. Despite the inherent shallowness of the club scene that provides the milieu for this film, director Doug Liman and writer Favreau show where their heart really lies in the film's resolution: Mike's problems are not solved by acheiving success in the entertainment industry, but by making a breakthrough in his personal life.
The movie itself is about five young, aspiring actors who are trying to make it out in Hollywood. The main charecter(played by Favreau)recently moved out onto the west coast and seems to be having a hard time dealing with the fact he just can't get a decent job in show buisness. Not only that he just broke up with his girlfriend back in New York and that doesn't help matters much either. Bring in his friend Trent(Vaughn)to get him out on the town to help him get on with his life and you have a movie about the adventures of five 20 something guys in Los Angeles.
Definitly an anti-MTV generation type movie, this movie really exposes the complications between relationships not only between lovers, but between friends. It showcases the short lived swing craze of the middle 90's that has died way too fast. Also a diverse soundtrack including Big Bad voodoo Daddies, George Jones and Bobby Darin.
You'll probably find the special edition DVD is chocked full of fun extras including two commentaries in which hardcore fans of Swingers have been watering at the mouth for what seems like an eternity.
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I love this movie, but when I ordered it on Amazon.ca the case was damaged where you open it to take out the DVD. Read morePublished on May 25 2009 by foudaddy
I recommend this film to all my friends who just got left in the dust of a long relationship. Good story line. Good Writing. Well directed. Read morePublished on Feb. 4 2004 by RJ
i haven't seen this movie but guys i know tell me i need to watch it if i want to understand men. :) this should be interesting.Published on Dec 21 2003 by mika
I rented this movie in hopes of the two great people who are in it. I wish I hadn't! It was the worst movie ever.Published on May 8 2003 by Amanda
Jon "Favs" is a master writer. Vinnie V is a master smooth talker. The two together knock my socks off. Read morePublished on Feb. 27 2003 by Kathleen from Los Angeles
This film is without a doubt the greatest movie for guys of its generation.
As has been said in other reviews what makes this film so enjoyable to watch besides the clever... Read more
Perhaps one of the best movies that I have ever seen. I think I have watched this movie at least a dozen times and I still laugh out loud. Read morePublished on Jan. 24 2003