Swingers (1996)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: October 18, 1996
DVD Release Date: July 21, 1998
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Critic Score: 87% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

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

Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

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.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

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

Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

What it lacks as a cutting character drama, it makes up for in easily quaffable lifestyle porn, though it's up for debate whether one of those things is equal to the other.

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Todd McCarthy

A winningly confident snapshot of the nightlives of a bunch of young showbiz wannabes in a very upto-the-minute Hollywood.

Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

A guy film that gives you something to latch onto, that makes male bonding both believable and appealing.

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Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt

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.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

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

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

It's no masterpiece, but it's real.

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TV Guide

Director-cinematographer Doug Liman gets points for breathing a bit of life into an already tired indie sub genre.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
KJ Proulx
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… More
Reid Volk
Finally got around to seeing this and I must say I'm glad that I did. It is an interesting look at the desperation of young single wannabe superstars in… More
'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… More
Spencer S.
This is the closest thing to a 90's cultural milieu. It's another commentary on life "back then" showing a group of men living in Los… More
Lorenzo von Matterhorn
<i>"You're money and you don't even know it!"</i> Wannabe actors become regulars in the stylish neo-lounge scene; Trent teaches… More
Melvin White
Trent: So, what'd you think of that Dorothy girl? Mike: The whole Judy Garland thing kinda turned me on. Does that make me some kind of fag? Trent: No,… More

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