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A knowing examination of the psyche of the modern American male, Doug Liman's debut comedy Swingers stars screenwriter Jon Favreau as the sensitive Mike, a struggling actor and stand-up comic looking for romance in the wake of the dissolution of a six-year relationship. Against his better judgment, he hits the town with his pal Trent (Vince Vaughn, in a star-making performance), a retro-hip smooth-talker who calls women "babies" and feels compelled to illustrate to Mike the error of his gentlemanly ways. First in Las Vegas and later in a series of hip L.A. nightspots, the duo and… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
"Mr. Favreau wrote this screenplay with his real friends in mind. And the cast's camaraderie is appealingly clear."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"It's not the most creative of plots, but it captures a generation and the down-on-your-luck-in-so-many-ways motif effectively: it's like comfort food, with more heart than Liman usually provides."
‑ Gabe Leibowitz, Film and Felt
"The arc is nothing new, but the writing and pacing make it fresh and energetic, at least enough for it to have became a cult classic."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"This exercise in indie hipster cool is 'money'--and that's no joke, baby."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"A winningly confident snapshot of the nightlives of a bunch of young showbiz wannabes in a very upto-the-minute Hollywood."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"A guy film that gives you something to latch onto, that makes male bonding both believable and appealing."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"Director-cinematographer Doug Liman gets points for breathing a bit of life into an already tired indie sub genre."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Liman and Favreau concoct a consciously derivative world for these guys, and though it's appropriate to the movie, I got tired of it after a while."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"This movie is definitely "money," baby!"
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Ninety minutes spent learning how not to pick up girls. This is what the movies were made for, isn't it?"
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"It's no masterpiece, but it's real."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"One of the sharpest male-oriented comedies of the 1990s."
‑ Jon Fortgang, Film4
"Directed in flair by Doug Liman, with winning performances from Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn, this comedy is the most successful since Diner of what could be described as a cycle of "walking and talking" and "hanging out" pictures."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Blessed with a brilliantly quotable screenplay, one of the most electric and insightful ever written."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
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