Swingers

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Wannabe actors become regulars in the stylish neo-lounge scene; Trent teaches his friend Mike the unwritten rules of the scene.
Directors
Doug Liman
Starring
Vince Vaughn
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ComedyDrama
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English [CC]
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English
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joel wingReviewed in the United States on February 25, 2021
4.0 out of 5 starsCan Favreau get over a bad break-up by hanging out with his friends?
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Jon Favreau stars in this movie he helped write and produce. It’s about him hanging out with his friends played by Vince Vaughn, Ron Livingston, Patrick Van Horn and Alex Desert as he tries to get over a bad break-up. They go to Vegas, parties, bars, etc. It’s all about the conversations and the situations they get into. For instance in Vegas they meet two girls. Vaughn makes his move while Favreau starts talking about his ex. Another time Favreau meets a woman in a bar and goes home and calls her over five times a row. That sets up his character as being hopeless, neurotic and insecure. Can he get out of his funk is the theme of this enjoyable film.
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Ohana FilmsReviewed in the United States on July 27, 2020
4.0 out of 5 starsWhy were they friends with Mikey?
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The first time I saw Swingers was at a screening in Chicago before it was released. Before we went into the theater there was this guy standing outside who just seemed cool somehow. It of course turned out to be Vince Vaughn and, although he was unknown, he stood out in the crowd as he did in the movie.

I had not seen the movie in 15+ years and I noticed this time around that I really disliked Mikey. What's to like about this guy? He's not fun or funny, he's a constant wet blanket who ruins everyone's fun, he never stops complaining, he has nothing going for him but he STILL acts cocky and superior to the various women he meets. I was actively rooting against him. Mikey sucks.

Luckily all of the other performances save the movie. Plus, it has a heavy dose of nostalgia and I love a good indie film success story. Can we make a special edition that removes Mikey and is just the other guys having fun?
ANJANI W.Reviewed in the United States on May 21, 2015
5.0 out of 5 starsi shouldn't love this movie
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i shouldn't love this movie. for 3/4 of the film I hated it, almost. but i wanted to see how it would end. so i had to concede the story and characters had me hooked. i'm an old school soul sister, alright? this is definitely a "guy" film in the best sense of the word. a white guy culture film for sure--and on the money sweet. very natural acting. realistic to the utmost possible. believable and honest and sincere. no pretensions. the characters are pretentious because they're supposed to be. average guys trying to seem hip and cool. any guy of any race could relate. i could relate because this film showed how guys think and feel during a breakup and how their friends support them. very funny in the last 30% of the film. priceless. i'm so glad i hung in to the last portion of the film. well worth it in every way. the first comment on this page nails all the reasons one should watch this film. thought i'd add my two cents.
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Sylvia DonnellReviewed in the United States on August 26, 2018
1.0 out of 5 starsSo boring.
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Look, I know a lot of people have a special place in their heart for this movie, and I won't take that away from them by dogging it, but it just was NOT for me. It did feel real and genuine for sure, which is impressive to be sure, but also kind of the problem for me. It legitimately felt like I was watching a few days in the lives of these people, which is really not that entertaining. Most of our lives aren't. There's nothing wrong with that; it just means most of our lives wouldn't make great movies. I do know, however, that that's also part of what a lot of people really love about this movie, and like I said before, I won't dog on those people for it. To each their own. So, if you're one of those people, or think you might be, go right ahead and keep/start enjoying the flick. Me? Well, I've marked one more off my film bucket list, and won't be adding another to my personal rewatchables.
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Chucfijg JohnsonReviewed in the United States on July 5, 2011
5.0 out of 5 stars"2 days is industry standard but 3 days is money"
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Watch this if you just got dumped! (some spoilers below) This will make you feel slightly better. Its about a guy (Favereau) who just broke up/dumped (same thing) with his long time girlfriend and yearns to get back together with her (you know, you been there, he's checking his phone messages, praying that she leaves a message). This was filmed before cell phones were ubiquitous. His best friend (Vaughn) encourages him to go out on the "game", partly to help Favereau forget about his girlfriend but also partly for his own selfish reasons, as he wants a "wingman" to help him score.

They decide to go Vegas to gamble and to pick up women but all Favereau can think about is his ex girlfriend. He has a chance to get laid with some cocktail waitress but ends up talking to her about his ex-girlfriend. Its so bad that he even uses the phone in her friends trailer to call her and in the meantime, cockblocks Vaughn. Anyway you get jist, the guy can't let go. He's talking about her non-stop, because he is still in love with her. While playing golf he tells his other friend, Livingston that he hasn't mentioned her once today.

Vaughn together with Livingston persists in trying to get Favereau to get over his girlfriend, playing videogames, going to parties and bars. One hilarious moment is when Favereau tries to pick up this girl at a party and the first thing she asks him "is what car he drives".
Favereau's reluctance to let go ultimately annoys one of Vaughn's friends who speaks the truth and calls him a "whiny little bitch who hasn't got laid in a year". Favereau then plucks up the courage to call a girl (on the same night, ignoring the 2 days industry standard) whom he picks up in a bar, only to be cut off by her answering machine many times. He continues to leave messages, telling her about his relationship and even at one point breaking up with the girl he just picked up. The girl ultimately picks and tells him not to ever call again.
Favereau then slips into despair and spends 2 days in his apartment reminiscing about his girlfriend. Livingston then visits him and reminds him his glass is half full and tells him to get over his girlfriend. Its only when Livingston recounts his break up experiences, that Favereau finally wakes up.

He then goes out with the guys and back on the game, where he picks up the gorgeous, young Heather Graham at a bar.

If you just broke up with your girl (no guy admits he's been dumped) then you should watch his. It may not ease the pain, but hopefully it will wake you up.
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Captain CriticalReviewed in the United States on July 25, 2020
1.0 out of 5 starsAmazingly Overrated
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How is it this low budget dog ended up making a fortune and launching the very moderately talented Doug Liman and John Favreau? I wonder what connections they had. Anyway, the mentality of 14 year old boys. I slogged all the way through it, but wish I had that time back.
JonathanReviewed in the United States on March 17, 2014
5.0 out of 5 starsMoney!
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I thoroughly enjoyed this movie, it's definitely a good guy film that really gives you an inside look into playing the game, rejection, male bonding, and just what being bros is truly all about. It was paced well, the scenes were relevant to the movie, the comedic scenes were nicely layered throughout and it's ultimately what made Vince Vaughn's career as an actor. Believe it or not it even teaches you a good life lessen by the end of the movie, especially if you've found yourself in a little bit of relationship difficulties recently in your life. A quality Blu-Ray which certainly deserves a spot in your collection of classic guy movies right beside Rambo, Predator, and the A-Team, and for less than $10 you can't beat the deal.
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Douglas D. GolupskiReviewed in the United States on December 18, 2014
5.0 out of 5 starsFantastic movie only you can answer the question to buy the HD version.
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Swingers is a phenomenal movie from the 90's that reflects the part of the style of the time. More importantly it show a guys perspective of a break up and then trying to get back into dating. You have probably see this movie already so you know this stuff so the real question would be should you spend the money on the HD version. So the HD movie, yeah its not really HD it looks like the DVD I have. Im not disappointed, I own the movie on DVD but really didnt want to leave my bed to find it that night. Your not going to get improved quality in this so it will just come down to do you want to have a disc floating around or buy the streaming version? Only you can answer that part.

If you havent seen this movie. SEE IT. Its Favreau and Vaughn at some of their best, they were money then and they didnt know it. Oh and be prepared to cringe in horror for the answering machine scene.
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