Reviews for Swingers ( 1996 ) 1080p

Definitely worth checking out.

By: lewiskendell
"The point is, Mike, that it all depends on how you look at it."

Swingers is the quintessential guy movie. Not to say that a woman won't enjoy it, or that it's a stereotypical collection of all the things that men are supposed to love in movies, like a non-stop testosterone-fueled orgy of naked women, explosions, and violence.?

Nope, Swingers is the quintessential guy movie because almost every guy can relate to at least part of it at some time during his life. The uncertainty about your career, the lingering pain of losing a girlfriend you truly loved, the camaraderie (and annoyances) of your friends, the frustrating world of dating and the games and "rules" that come along with it, and the feeling of that moment when you finally realize that your life can go on without that other person it revolved around so long.

The story focuses on Mike (Jon Favreau), an aspiring comedian in Los Angeles who has recently gone through a break-up with his long-term girlfriend back east, and his group of friends. Most of whom try to help Mike get over his break-up by meeting women in and around L.A. and Las Vegas. Especially his two best friends, ladies man Trent (Vince Vaughn) and Rob (Ron Livingston) ?Most of the movie follows the group on their nightly romps through the city, or Mike as he struggles with the loss of the relationship that he was very much invested in.

I enjoyed the casual conversations the guys had about women, video games, their job efforts, and other things. Swingers really nailed the dynamics of how guys act with each other.

It's also pretty funny, though it's not a total comedy by any means. A lot of the humor derives from Mike's painful attempts to talk to women, after six long years off the market. There's a really hysterical sequence about Mike and a woman's answering machine later in the movie that will have you howling.?

I got the sense that Swingers is the kind of movie that holds up well after repeated viewings, and maybe even gets better. It's not amazing, or anything like that, but it is hard to imagine anyone (especially guys aged 20-29) not appreciating it.

Dispointing

By: tommy_68
After hearing tons and tons of great reviews and recommendations i thought i would give this film a try, and seeing as Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau are, at the moment, some of the best comedy performers/directors in Hollywood, i was really waiting to be amazed by Swingers.

All i can say is what a letdown! The first 20 minutes had me going as i was getting into the swing of things but the movie just appeared to drag on and on and half way through the movie i simply didn't care. The acting is spot-on and the chemistry between the two main characters is unique, what this film lacked was it's storyline.

Swingers dragged on so much that i nearly drifted off into a deep sleep, and this was half 2 in the afternoon. I turned the film off after an hour, hugely disappointed and in disbelief that this was the film that made these two actors who they are today.

Swingers may be fun for a lot of people but it certainly wasn't for me, and it has been one of the most disappointing films i have seen for a long time.

Tripe from start to finish. Unlikeable characters.

By: Thomas_S
Nothing interesting goes on in this movie. Nothing funny. No likable characters. Terrible acting; faces like stone. Endless idiotic bickering. Even the sets are uninteresting. I gave it until the first commercial break and then let it finish as background noise while I finished a proofreading, occasionally glancing at the movie to see if the director should have changed his mind to the better, but the disappointment was the same at every glimpse. What's the idea with this movie? I don't get it. Did I overlook something? Like the director had to fill the movie with something, so I am told by the system that I have to fill in some more lines for this comment to be allowed. I hope these last phrases do the job.

Money Baby? NOT!

By: C G
This movie aspires to be funny but misses the mark. The few really funny moments mired down in all of the pathetic lumberings of the main characters who are pretty much a bunch of losers.

There is no apparent plot, which really keeps the pace of the film slow. And, as films are usually an escape for us, the events are too close to real life for comfort. The acting however, is superb, as the lead character Mike, pulls you down into his doldrums. Perhaps the plot of the film rings too true, as most of us can appreciate trying to get over a relationship, trying to 'swing' in the dating world, and getting along with your buds. Vince Vaugn certainly steals the show in this, as his character is the most interesting and animated.

One is also preoccupied by the film apparently trying to be ambiguous as to the time it was taking place it. The characters drive old cars, wear 50's attire, speak in 50's lingo, but use digital answering machines, and a Playstation. One finds this to be more distracting to everything, rather that visually interesting. It also really highlights the fact that these characters are trying to be cool, something they are not.

I was really expecting a comedy, but found it to be a drama with few funny moments. That was disappointing. However, the film features great acting, and a superb soundtrack.

Money Baby? NOT!

By: marimbadaddy
This movie aspires to be funny but misses the mark. The few really funny moments mired down in all of the pathetic lumberings of the main characters who are pretty much a bunch of losers.

There is no apparent plot, which really keeps the pace of the film slow. And, as films are usually an escape for us, the events are too close to real life for comfort. The acting however, is superb, as the lead character Mike, pulls you down into his doldrums. Perhaps the plot of the film rings too true, as most of us can appreciate trying to get over a relationship, trying to 'swing' in the dating world, and getting along with your buds. Vince Vaugn certainly steals the show in this, as his character is the most interesting and animated.

One is also preoccupied by the film apparently trying to be ambiguous as to the time it was taking place it. The characters drive old cars, wear 50's attire, speak in 50's lingo, but use digital answering machines, and a Playstation. One finds this to be more distracting to everything, rather that visually interesting. It also really highlights the fact that these characters are trying to be cool, something they are not.

I was really expecting a comedy, but found it to be a drama with few funny moments. That was disappointing. However, the film features great acting, and a superb soundtrack.

Real Swingers

By: lickikiti
This movie is a joke i hated it and the title "swingers" is misued, swingers are primarily couples that swap partners for intercourse, for more on this is what the encyclopedia has to say - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swinging. So two lonely guys trying to get laid in a caravan is really not representing the title of this movie at all. The acting is also at best mediocre and the "one liners" are tacky. I do not recommend this movie to anyone, it demeans swingers, single guys and single women. Looking at the comments I cannot perceive how anyone enjoyed this or found it funny, everyone to their own I guess, but don't tell me i haven't warned you

Tedious and annoying

By: faded_Glory
I really don't understand why so many people think this movie is fun. I thought it absolutely boring, annoying and utterly tedious. After plodding through the first 30 minutes or so I zapped to some of the remaining scenes in the hope to catch at least one funny moment, but nothing there, so I switched it off. I will now write this review and then erase it from my memory forever.

This is not a film but an extended sitcom episode full of the worst of the genre. The only reason I give it more than 1 star is that Thank God at least they didn't include canned laughter.

The characters are ultra boring, their conversations are empty, flat, repetitive, decidedly non-funny, and annoying to the point where you cover your ears to avoid screaming . There is no plot, no development, no humour whatsoever. Just to take the Vegas casino scene - it is so predictable, so obvious, so slow, so pathetic in its painful attempts to scream in our faces 'Look How Funny I Am!' that I felt personally insulted. And all that after first having to sit through an endless scene where the guys sit in the car on the road to Vegas and basically do nothing else but repeat the word 'Vegas' a million time in the same droning voices. Yeah, I really needed to see that.

Is this humour? It feels more like a permanent hangover. Get a life.

fG

I wanted to call all of my friends after I first saw this film!

By: adzrussell
I chanced upon Swigers one evening after reading an article on writer/star Jon Favreau, and trying to figure out which character he played in Friends (it's Pete Becker by the way); don't you love it when you uncover a gem. From the opening credits, set to Dean Martin crooning "You're Nobody Until Somebody Loves You", I knew that this film was the very personification of cool, spawning one of the coolest characters in any film...ever, that being Trent Walker played by Vince Vaughn, with a swinging soundtrack and a real sense of fun which you don't often get in mainstream Hollywood; and this film is effortless in a way which Tarantino could only dream about.

The story centres around Favreau's loser-in-love Mikey, trying to make a living as an actor in L.A after leaving his long-term girlfriend behind in New York. His best buddy, Trent, tries incessantly to get Mikey back 'into the game' so to speak; cue a trawl around L.A's hippest night-spots, some hilarious insight into dating rituals (when is it cool to call? 2 days?), and a trip to Las Vegas in which Trent tries to 'pull a Fredo' (bedding cocktail waitresses two at a time). The central duo are ably supported by a cast of lovable rogues, all intent on getting laid.

Doug Liman directs in a laid-back manner, befitting of the film, and Favreau's script (based on Vaughn and himself) is full of witty insights and in-jokes, as well as enough movie references to keep everyone happy.

Although the characters are almost impossibly cool, they never appear obnoxious due to the over-riding sense that they are just a bunch of lovable losers trying to con their way into the beds of L.A's female population; sometimes succeeding, sometimes not, and there is a certain sweetness added by Favreau's predicament. The pay-off is cool, Favreau finally 'getting digits' and we are left with a role-reversal between the two main protagonists as Trent makes a fool of himself with a woman in the closing scene.

Altogether a classy, breezy, often hilarious film, a certain cult classic, and a fine addition to the date movie genre.

I must have missed something here....

By: cjorissen
...namely, the plot of this movie. What was this movie supposed to be about? Given the sensationalism that surrounds this film whenever it comes up in a conversation, I really expected to sit and be entertained and laugh hysterically. Neither happened. There's this little clique of guys that seem to know everyone in Hollywood (other aspiring actors and club bouncers) yet are unable to get employment. The group goes from party to club to apartment (where they call each other 'bitch' while playing video games). As a bonus for the moviegoer sitting through this wretch of a production, Mike, the main character, has this annoying emotional baggage he carries around, and it goes on and on and on ad nauseum. I finally reached my breaking point when he left his seventh message on the answering machine IN A ROW. I walked out on this movie, and I was on an airplane! Two thumbs down!

The coolest ever

By: sundancer-1
This film is one of my absolute all time favourites... The scene where they first talk about slow motion scene from Reservoir dogs, and then re enact it is absolutely genius!!! Another scene that I especially like is where they enter the club at the end of the film, the camera follows the guys as they walk through the kitchen into the club, excellent camera!!

I really think this movie deserves a lot more attention! There are so many hidden little hints all through the movie (e.g. they talk about the scene from Goodfellas where they walk through the kitchen, and later in the movie the guys also walk through a kitchen)

The coolest ever

By: Henrik Bonnichsen
This film is one of my absolute all time favourites... The scene where they first talk about slow motion scene from Reservoir dogs, and then re enact it is absolutely genius!!! Another scene that I especially like is where they enter the club at the end of the film, the camera follows the guys as they walk through the kitchen into the club, excellent camera!!

I really think this movie deserves a lot more attention! There are so many hidden little hints all through the movie (e.g. they talk about the scene from Goodfellas where they walk through the kitchen, and later in the movie the guys also walk through a kitchen)

boring...boring...boring

By: jdeck02
this was a comedy?????? jon faverou at his self-important worst! a big SO WHAT to this one!!!!!! I cant even come up with the required ten lines for this most forgetable enterprise Vince Vaughn needs to shut up Oh yeah referencing goodfellas and reservoir dogs Brilliant!! when you cant come up with your own ideas reference someone elses' blah blah blah

Best movie ever

By: MaraJade27
I saw that someone commented this is the perfect guy movie. I'd like to add that it's not just for guys. The characters in it are just as easy to relate to for girls. If you think girls don't pathetically chase after guys the same way the men of Swingers were going after girls, you need to get out more.(Not meant to be an insult.) My favorite character in it (though I love them all) is Rob. His insecurity is cute, but of course he's also a loyal friend. You can't beat that. And I love the goofy quote. "Hi, Mom. I'm goofy. Send more money." That's great! This is one of those movies that I love to watch over and over again. I will never get sick of it. Plus my husband (then boyfriend) introduced me to it so of course I love it. He even picked me up from my classes once by yelling, "Hey, do you know where all the high school girls hang out??" from across the street. This movie was incredibly funny and deserves a lot more praise than it gets.

A Must-See for All 20-Something Males

By: Zuhalter
Let me preface this review by saying that this is my favorite film of all time. I'm not saying it was the best, most artistic, original, or most innovative...but it is my favorite. It's a movie about a 20-something man getting over a nasty break-up, living in Los Angeles. Pretty simple stuff, but the honesty in the film is amazing. This film boasts the most realistic, and interesting depictions of male friendship I've ever seen. Some might simply pawn this movie off as a buddy flick, but it goes so much deeper than that. Mikey (Favreau) deals with insecurity, rejection, depression, an overwhelming feeling of inadequacy. Something almost everyone can relate to. And, as an audience member, you live and die with the poor guy. The supporting cast is very strong, popping in and out as the assortment of friends populating Mikey's social life. Each is trying, in his own way, to get their buddy out of his post-break up funk, which meet with varying degrees of success. Swingers is chock full of laugh-out-loud moments, and oft-quoted lines ("Our baby's all grows up!") that could very easily lead to repeated viewings of this masterpiece.

This movie is so money!

By: mattymatt4ever
Before watching "Swingers," I saw Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn paired off in "Made." Now, I didn't like "Made" all that much, but that didn't lower my expectations when watching "Swingers." I already knew the two actors had a great chemistry and as long as the script is well-written, they can really go places. "Swingers" is a thoroughly original, wonderfully written comedy that's filled with big laughs.

Favreau and Vaughn's characters are like polar opposites, and it's hilarious to watch them argue. The rest of the actors are also good (I think the black guy is the blind character from "Becker"--I could be wrong), but Vince Vaughn steals the show as the smooth-talking Trent. We all have friends like Trent. Some of us aspire to be like Trent. Some of us are Trent. I admit, I would compare myself more to Favreau's character--the more reserved, sensitive type. But the great thing about a film like this is it's down to earth. It's about everyday people in everyday situations, and I guarantee many of us can relate to the characters in "Swingers" in one way or another, just like how many of us relate to the characters on "Seinfeld." This isn't a plot-driven film, so you can call this a movie about nothing. It's simply about a group of studs on the prowl, hitting the clubs and casinos, and sharing their philosophies on sex and dating. There are several films that tried to replicate this format and failed ("Whipped" comes to mind).

If you're in the mood to laugh hysterically and be wildly entertained, "Swingers" is the movie for you. About my only criticisms would be a few lame attempts to be stylish. Come on, would 5 guys really drive in their own cars and follow each other all the way without anyone cutting them off?

My score: 8 (out of 10)

One of the most over rated films of all time

By: nick69
That is not a mis-quote. I hated this movie. I hated every character in the film. This movie is an affront to modern civilization. Gee, good looking white guys trying to live like the rat pack. Give me a break. This movie reeks.

Too cool for words

By: countincrw
Swingers is just about the coolest film on the planet. It's so laid back it's horizontal. There aren't enough words in a thesaurus to describe how good this movie is! Watch and enjoy. The direction from Doug Liman is awesome and the acting matches. It's funny but not in your face, it's hip but doesn't care and it just makes for a great picture. Heather Graham looks gorgeous at the end as an added bonus for the guys too!

One of that years worst films!

By: daveyboy-7
To sum it up, and put it in a mild way, this movie is just horrible! The acting is pitiful, the script: absurd, the directing: pathetic, the actors: untalented, and the story is nonexistent! I hated this movie. Its stupid!!! The writer of this film felt that instead of a coherent story line, he'd use toilet-based, rock-jock jokes, tetosterone laced bumbles and moron antics to weave a nothing of a story about wannabe actors attempts to cheer up a friend whos 6-year relationship just went belly up. Yawn! So without a story, without any likable characters, without inspired directing, without talented cast and crew the viewer is left with celluloid trash! Its hard to imagine who would like this film, but there are people who do. Hummm! Most of them seem to be moron guys who are balding failures. Hummm! Whatever. Showgirls had more artistic merit!!!

As enjoyable as any film in recent memory.

By: svswinger-2
I think a few of the readers who have commented on this film seem to be missing the point. While it can be said that this movie has no plot to speak of and no central point to it, my response is: so what? Not every movie is made to teach you how to live your life. Some of us can watch a movie simply for the pure enjoyment of listening to characters interact. Swingers does a better job of achieving this than the majority of movies ever made. Anybody can make Godzilla or Independence Day, but it takes a truly special movie to become a "cult hit" with nothing more at it's disposal than no-name actors (at the time) and catchy dialogue. This movie was the springboard for virtually every actor in it, with each going on to more well known parts.

Ok, enough preaching, pure and simple this movie is great. Vince Vaughn's character is one of the most likable characters you'll see in a movie. Even if you have nothing in common with someone like him, you can't help but like him. He's hilarious, smooth, and a loyal friend, and he has some of the most quotable lines in the movie. Everyone else on this site has quoted it time and again, so no need for me to, but let's just say it's funny stuff. John Favreau's character, Mikey, makes you laugh while at the same time wanting to slap him for being so stupid. There's so many funny scenes in this movie, I can't even begin to describe them. But the best by far always involve Vaughn, and the part where he's in the trailer describing his experience auditioning for a pilot is classic. You know he's feeding the girls a line the whole time, but it's so convincing and everyone is so in awe of him, it's hysterical. And when Mikey tries to act cool in front of the waitresses they meet, and fails to do so, only to see Trent tell them he's a producer and watch them swoon, I can't see how people don't find that funny.

Anyways, if you haven't seen this movie yet, do yourself a favor and go rent it. The buildup offered on this site is only a fraction of what you'll actually get out of watching it. 10+/10

"Vegas Baby, Vegas!"

By: Adriane
Upon hearing about this movie from friends, I was told that it was "money". They were right. This is "so money and they don't even know it." Entertaining comedy about letting go, and finding new romance and who your real friends are. Enough one-liners to quote for years, friends still quote it today! Nothing but beautiful babies, and a great upbeat soundtrack to get you dancing!