Swingers (1996)



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

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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.
R (for language throughout)
Comedy , Drama
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Alex Désert
as Charles
Deena Martin
as Christy
Blake Lindsley
as Girl with Cigar
Heather Graham
as Lorraine
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
Rio Hackford
as Skully
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
Ashley M. Rogers
as Bartender
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
Christopher A. Joyce
as Diner Patron
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 (53) | Top Critics (12)

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.

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

Full Review… | June 15, 2008
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
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Mr. Favreau wrote this screenplay with his real friends in mind. And the cast's camaraderie is appealingly clear.

May 20, 2003
New York Times
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A guy film that gives you something to latch onto, that makes male bonding both believable and appealing.

Full Review… | February 13, 2001
Los Angeles Times
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Swingers is uneven, amateurish and borderline misogynistic. But it's also very funny, and it never loses its cool.

December 31, 1999
USA Today
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Audience Reviews for Swingers

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 Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer


'Swingers'. One of the most authentic movies about guys and their nature I've ever seen. Even though it's in a time and place that I never experienced, the dialogue by Favreau feels so real, and their little world at the time, captured perfectly. If it isn't enough that he wrote a darn good screenplay, Favreau plays the lead character, Mike, admirably. He's a lovable dude, even when you can't believe some of the idiocy on display when he's in his relationship funk. And that voicemail scene?! Ouch. I almost wanted to block out the screen, while laughing out loud at the same time. Surely the most memorable Favreau scene in his filmography. The movie transitions very nicely from this buddy ensemble to a sweet romance in one scene at the bar, and you can't help but cheer when he hangs up on his ex, knowing that he's ready to move on. Money, baby, money!


Super Reviewer

"You're money and you don't even know it!" Wannabe actors become regulars in the stylish neo-lounge scene; Trent teaches his friend Mike the unwritten rules of the scene.

When released in 1996, "Swingers" became an indie film sensation on par with "Sex, Lies, and Videotape" and "Reservoir Dogs" earlier. To be honest, it didn't really deserve that status, because it doesn't have the power either of those flicks held. Still, its quite enjoyable and easy to see why it became a favorite among dissatisfied twenty something males, with whom the flick touched a nerve. The characters spend their time cruising the hip nightspots of Hollywood trying to pick up chicks, and often failing either due to their bloated egoism or social awkwardness. Some critics of the film thought it was a bit misogynistic, and maybe it was, but it was also a rather accurate depiction of how many males in similar circumstances feel. The technical credits all around are quite good for a low-budget picture. The direction by Doug Liman isn't anything extraordinary, but it keeps the film moving at a quick pace. Its a shame that after this and the equally enjoyable "Go", he graduated to lousy mainstream products. The script by Jon Favreau is full of memorable dialog, classic scenes, and surprisingly a sympathetic protagonist. As the main character, Favreau creates a likable individual and Vaughn is charismatic here, but hasn't really done anything worthwhile since. All in all, this isn't an extremely powerful motion picture or anything like that, but its a breezy and amusing way to kill an hour and a half.

Lorenzo von Matterhorn
Lorenzo von Matterhorn

Super Reviewer

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