Swingers

1996

Swingers

Critics Consensus

Funny, heartfelt, and effortlessly cool, Swingers made stars out of Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau, established Doug Liman as a director to watch.

87%

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89%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 58,512
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Movie Info

An ensemble comedy about five guys, all in their 20s, all coping with the mysteries of life and women, set in the back streets and sometimes hidden clubs of Hollywood. It's a story told in the language of the "cocktail nation," a growing 20-something, retro-Swing dance movement that's taken Hollywood by storm and is beginning to sweep the nation. Mike is down in the dumps because he left his girlfriend behind in New York when he came to Hollywood to seek his acting fortune. Instead, he's found loneliness and the blues. Now, after six months of dealing with Mike, his buddy Trent and the other swingers have had enough. It's time to bring Mike back to life.

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Cast

Alex Désert
as Charles
Deena Martin
as Christy
Blake Lindsley
as Girl with Cigar
Kevin James Kelly
as Vegas Dealer
Stephanie Ittleson
as Vegas Waitress
Vernon Vaughn
as $100 Gambler
Maddie Corman
as Peek-a-Boo Girl
Jan Dykstra
as Girl at Party
Marty and Elayne
as Dresden Lounge Act
Stasea Rosenblum
as $100 Gambler
Sheri Rosenblum
as $100 Gambler
Pamela Shaw
as $5 Gambler
Tom Alley
as Pit Boss
Phil Dixon
as Lounge Lizard
Jay Diola
as Member of Skully's Crew/Derby Dancer
Nicholas Gagliarducci
as Member of Skully's Crew
David Gould
as Member of Skully's Crew
Bill Phillips
as Member of Skully's Crew
Mensur Hamud
as Pink Dot Guy
Ahmed Ahmed
as Party Mystery Guy
Eufemia Plimpton
as Derby Lady
Melinda Starr
as Derby Lady
Samantha Lemole
as Dresden Lady
Jessica Buchman
as Dresden Lady
Caroline O'Meara
as Diner Waitress
Gary Aurbach
as Derby Doorman
Brad Halvorson
as Derby Doorman
Edward L. Rissien
as Diner Patron
Jenna Rissien
as Diner Patron
Mark Smith
as Diner Patron
John Abraham
as Derby Dancer
Rachel Gallagan
as Derby Dancer
Lisa Guerriero
as Derby Dancer
Thomas Hall
as Derby Dancer
Damiana Kamishin
as Derby Dancer
Curtis Lindersmith
as Derby Dancer
Jennifer Lucero
as Derby Dancer
Pinki Marsolek
as Derby Dancer
Rhonda Martin
as Derby Dancer
Martina Migenes
as Derby Dancer
Paul Mojica
as Derby Dancer
Sam Mollo
as Derby Dancer
Jacob Morris
as Derby Dancer
Michael Scott
as Derby Dancer
Bernard Serrano
as Derby Dancer
Rosalind Smith
as Derby Dancer
Molly R. Stern
as Derby Dancer
Johnny Walker
as Derby Dancer
Lisa Wolstein
as Derby Dancer
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Critic Reviews for Swingers

All Critics (54) | Top Critics (13)

  • "Swingers" doesn't really add up to much -- except a good time. But it's smart, funny and cute. With all that going for you, who needs to be money?

    Mar 4, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Four guys hang out, kid one another, get into scuffles and flash their gonadal searchlight for available women. Yikes, haven't there been enough variations on the multiple-buddy movie? Actually, no.

    Oct 4, 2009 | Full Review…
  • A winningly confident snapshot of the nightlives of a bunch of young showbiz wannabes in a very upto-the-minute Hollywood.

    Jun 16, 2008

    Todd McCarthy

    Variety
    Top Critic
  • Ninety minutes spent learning how not to pick up girls. This is what the movies were made for, isn't it?

    Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…

    Geoff Andrew

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • Mr. Favreau wrote this screenplay with his real friends in mind. And the cast's camaraderie is appealingly clear.

    May 20, 2003 | Rating: 3.5/4
  • A guy film that gives you something to latch onto, that makes male bonding both believable and appealing.

    Feb 14, 2001 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Swingers

  • Oct 12, 2016
    So many quotable moments, this movie brings a cool vibe to any twenty something looking for their next phase in life. The young days of John Favreau and Vince Vaughn are highlighted here, with two hip dudes out on the town in search of ladies and a wild night life. I recommend this movie to any and everyone. "You're so money, you don't even know it."
    Jessica S Super Reviewer
  • Jun 19, 2014
    With some great performances and a plot that is probably relatable to many people, "Swingers" is the type of film that may not break records or become a classic, but it is definitely a great film that many can enjoy endlessly. I found myself engaged in what each character was doing and the friendships felt hilariously realistic. Vince Vaughn's character is really the only one that get's to be a tad annoying after a while, but once you are used to him, you become more forgiving. From losers to players in a matter of one night, these guys make you wish you had the balls to do some of the things that they can do. In the end, I would surely recommend this to annoying who either wants to enjoy a great drama or a fun comedy, because it equally delivers both. There are a few slow moments where the film feels like it is about to drag, but it is quickly picked back up again. "Swingers" is a lot of fun!
    KJ P Super Reviewer
  • Oct 31, 2012
    Vince Vaughn replicated this role in other movies like Wedding Crashers and the Dilemma but this is the true star turn. One of the better attempts at the buddy movie.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Aug 02, 2012
    ***1/2 out of **** Aspiring celebrities and golfers by day and passionate nighthawks by dark; the characters of Doug Liman's "Swingers" are perhaps the definitive male film personalities for this generation in particular. They embody the desire and all the fun of their era, although it's confusing to which one they belong. In 1996 when the film was released, America was experiencing a sort of swing revival and so the film immerses itself in this cultural comeback. But this is clearly not the 1960's, so are the boys a part of Generation X? Regardless of what generation they belong to, they walk the walk and talk the talk. There's Mike (Jon Favreau), a comedian struggling to get a gig and to get over a recent break-up (he and the girl were together for six years. Then his buddy Trent (Vince Vaughn) comes into the picture and takes his friend to Las Vegas to get his ponderous mind off of the matter. Trent wants to push Mike back into the wide world of women, and he believes that after a night of gambling and cocktails, Vegas will be the ideal place to start anew. The film follows Mike as he awkwardly tries to get back into the game; his failure to court women is almost astounding, or at least it would be to most, just maybe not to me (I too am a rather inept soul when it comes to the social scene). Whereas Trent is at his prime and knows how to get women through his rudeness and straight-forward nature, Mike is his polar opposite. Mike tries to be sociable with the women he meets at bars. Every time, the same outcome. He might come as far as getting the girl's number, but his inability to let go of the past that isn't too far behind him gets in the way every time. Sometimes, the women are sympathetic; other times, they are beyond impatient. The same could be said for Trent and Mike's two friends; the kindly Rob (Ron Livingston) and the hot-headed Sue (Patrick Van Horn), who accompany the duo on most of their wild nights out. For its kind, the film is damn near flawless. If "Swingers" has a fatal flaw to its style, it is the pace at which the story moves; which often times, like a lot of comedies, moves a little too fast for its own good. Luckily, the characters are so real that they pretty much arrive on scene already developed, and the film is just long enough to develop them a bit more along the way. Mike is an interesting character and earns out sympathy early on; and I'm not kidding when I say that I somehow really related to this guy's insecurities and inner turmoil. Favreau, who also wrote and produced, plays the character with such raw honesty that you can't help but fall in love with him and his gang of swingers. He is more or less the main attraction here; and it's baffling to me that Vaughn's character, also important but somewhat less so, would appear on the film's poster instead. The film is fairly low-budget, but I can't say it really shows. The camerawork isn't anything too fancy but it does utilize the Vegas locations quite well, and the bar scenes are well-handled and perfectly atmospheric. But what matters here the most, I suppose, is not the visualization of events but the writing and character drama. The screenplay is truly witty in the sense that there are a few great scenes in which the characters uphold long, yet engaging, conversations. For instance, I liked the scene where the "swingers" talked about cinema such as "Reservoir Dogs" and "Goodfellas". The film makes a lot of references to earlier movies. There's even a steadicam sequence meant to mimic the famous one from the aforementioned Scorsese classic. And who can forget the "Reservoir Dogs" homage and the "Jaws" theme music playing when Trent is in the club and on pursuit. And of course you've gotta have a "Casino" reference thrown in for good measure. Indeed, that's one other thing I didn't like about the movie. But what it all boils down to is two major (or even minor, depending on just how you decide to look at it) things about the picture that I don't necessarily like nor love. Everything else is pretty much sheer bliss. "Swingers" is perhaps marketed wrong in the sense that you probably go in expecting something a little more slapstick and goofy. There are goofy moments, but it's mostly a human comedy that gets laughs because we've been there; "there" being, well, wherever these sorry souls are. I found the blend of humor and realistic drama kind of touching and genuine by the end. And a few fun facts: the film popularized the term "Wingman" as well as the phrase "Money" to describe something that is "cool", "good", or of quality. I'm not sure if the 90's Swing revival can measure up to the one of the 1960's, but it's probably best to just live it up like these fun-loving guys rather than dwell on which is superior to another. Cocktail in hand, just enjoy the hell out of "Swingers" because it offers up entertainment that is both consistent and surprisingly thoughtful. I know I liked it more than I had expected to.
    Ryan M Super Reviewer

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