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SWINGERS (1996) Movie Review: The Thing I Liked…

Swingers (1996), Jon Favreau, Vince Vaughn
Swingers (1996), Jon Favreau, Vince Vaughn

Since I tend to enjoy so much of Jon Favreau’s recent work, I wanted to check out one of his earlier projects. I chose Swingers, a Favreau written comedy in which Favreau plays Mike, a twenty something aspiring actor in Hollywood. Mike is down in the dumps because he left his girlfriend behind in New York. Mike’s friends who are also coping with the mysteries of life and women decide to help him feel less lonely.

To get straight to the point, I enjoyed some humorous moments in Swingers and I’m sure the film was a special feat at the time of release. Nevertheless, I didn’t fall in love with Swingers. Reason one being just how annoying Mike became because of the seemingly ceaseless moping. I actually spent a good portion of the movie wondering about when his friends were going to lose patience with him because I already did, a while back. Reason two, the overuse of the phrase ‘you’re money.’ I’m sure it was likely very cool for some people to say that and often, back then but in the present day, I personally have little to no time for ‘you’re money.’

I know that Swingers isn’t exactly a terrible movie. Granted it’s definitely a film guys will likely enjoy more than ladies. Still, the best I can say is that there was a slight Superbad (2007) vibe – if Superbad was set several years post high school. It’s of course not lost on me the idea that Swingers probably inspired Superbad, That still doesn’t mean that I have to like it now; does it?

Have you seen Swingers? Is there something great that I missed to recognise about this movie? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Happy Film loving

G