Swingers (1996) starring Jon Favreau, Vince Vaughn, Ron Livingston, Patrick Van Horn, Alex Désert, Heather Graham, Deena Martin, Katherine Kendall, Brooke Langton, Blake Lindsley directed by Doug Liman Movie Review

Swingers (1996)   3/53/53/53/53/5

Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn in Swingers (1996)

Money, Maybe

Having moved to L.A. to become an actor/ comedian Mike (Jon Favreau) cannot get the girl he left behind out of his head, something which his friends are very aware of. In an attempt to get Mike out of his own personal stench his friend Trent (Vince Vaughn) forces Mike to go out, first to a trip to Vegas and then out on the L.A. party scene.

Okay guys "Swingers" is for some reason an incredibly popular movie, it is one of those movies which has attained an almost legendary status which means as a movie fan you feel obliged to watch it at least once to see what all the fuss is about. Well after watching "Swingers" not once but twice I am still kind of wondering what all the fuss is about as whilst not a bad movie I don't get why it is so loved.

Now I can appreciate that "Swingers" was one of those low budget, independent movies which was better than your usual low budget and independent stuff. Heck this is the movie which really kick started the careers of Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn. But very little which happened in "Swingers" either spoke to me or made me laugh. Oh there is some funny stuff; the answering phone which sounds like Stephen Hawkins and speaks to Mike is funny as is another gag featuring an answering phone but for the most it left me wondering what all the fuss is about.

In the end the most memorable thing about "Swingers" is how young and thin both Favreau and Vaughn look to the point that Favreau isn't immediately recognizable. But that is it and after watching it twice "Swingers" still mystifies me as to why it is such a legendary movie.

What this all boils down to is that as a low budget independent movie "Swingers" sort of impresses for not looking cheap. But beyond that it just fails to speak to me like it seems to have for so many people and despite trying to get what is so good about it each time I have watched it I have been left bemused.