SWINGERS (1996) – Comedy
Directed by: Doug Liman
Starring: Vince Vaughn, Jon Favreau
I thought long and hard about what movie I wanted to be included as our first BuzzNtheBurgh At Home Movie Rental of the Week. It had to be a movie that made an impact on me in some way. I wanted it to have some actors that are established, but not be one of their well known works. And most importantly, I wanted it to be quotable, and Swingers qualifies in all three.
I’ll never forget seeing this movie for the first time. I had little to no expectations of the movie itself. I had remember hearing that it was one of Vince Vaughn’s early films, but knew little else. The film actually almost didn’t get made at all. A piece from Grantland details the story behind that here. I recommend reading that after you’ve watched the film first, but it wouldn’t be detrimental the other way around. Jon Favreau not only co-stars, but he also wrote the film and nearly directed as well. Most of you probably recognize him more for his roles in Vaughn’s films such as Couples Retreat or Four Christmases. He’s also more prominently known for directing Iron Man, Iron Man 2, and Elf. Swingers details his life as aspiring comedic actor, Mike, in Los Angeles in the 90’s and his recent breakup from his girlfriend back in New York. Vince Vaughn shines as Trent, one of his fellow aspiring actor friends, who does everything he can to help Mike find a new girl and forget about the breakup.
If you are a fan of Vince Vaughn, this film is a must see. His talent is undeniable, and it’s no wonder Swingers is known as a springboard for his eventual success. He looks so young it’s almost scary, but makes it that much more entertaining. There are plenty of other familiar faces as well. John Livingston, known famously for his role as Peter in Office Space, also plays a fellow friend and aspiring actor. Heather Graham makes an appearance as Mike’s new love interest as well. It’s a feel good film. You find yourself feeling like a part of their group. You’re rooting for Mike. Trent is the best friend you always wanted. I consider Swingers to be one of my favorite films of all time, mainly due to the ever so quotable script. To simultaneously sum it up and steal a quote, It’s “so money and it doesn’t even know it.”
Enjoy, friends and fellow Pittsburghers! I would love to hear thoughts and opinions from the readers.