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Swingers (1996)

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A wannabe actor has a hard time moving on from a break-up, but he is lucky to have supportive friends.

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Doug Liman

Writer:

Jon Favreau
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3 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jon Favreau ... Mike
Vince Vaughn ... Trent
Ron Livingston ... Rob
Patrick Van Horn ... Sue
Alex Désert ... Charles (as Alex Desert)
Heather Graham ... Lorraine
Deena Martin Deena Martin ... Christy
Katherine Kendall ... Lisa
Brooke Langton ... Nikki
Blake Lindsley ... Girl with Cigar
Kevin James Kelly Kevin James Kelly ... Vegas Dealer
Stephanie Ittleson Stephanie Ittleson ... Vegas Waitress
Vernon Vaughn ... $100 Gambler
Joan Favreau Joan Favreau ... $5 Winner
Rio Hackford ... Skully
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Storyline

This is a story about Mike, a guy who left his girl in New York when he came to LA to be a star. It's been six months since his girlfriend left him and he's not doing so good. So, his pal and some other friends try and get him back in the social scene and forget about his 6 year relationship. Written by Kevin Gillease <gillease@scf.usc.edu>

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cocktails first. questions later. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language throughout | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The crew shot at the Derby with actual customers as unpaid extras. It was awkward for Jon Favreau, who admitted that he had probably (unsuccessfully) hit on some of the women who were being filmed. He also had to tell a man who sat down next to Heather Graham to leave so that the Mike/Lorraine meet cute could be shot. See more »

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Mike wakes up clean shaven. See more »

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Trent: I'm gonna make Gretzky's head bleed for super fan 99 over here.
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the movie when the cast is shown (3 pic) the names of the starring actors' parents appear again: $100 Gambler: Vernon Vaughn and $5 Winner: Joan Favreau See more »

Alternate Versions

Italian theatrical and video release omit a scene set in Las Vegas in the trailer park, where Trent tells the girl the story about his audition for the role of "brother". See more »

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Featured in WatchMojo: Top 10 Cringe Inducing Movie Scenes (2017) See more »

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Jaws Theme
Performed by The Jazz Jury
Written by John Williams
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Definitely worth checking out.
5 February 2011 | by lewiskendellSee all my reviews

"The point is, Mike, that it all depends on how you look at it."

Swingers is the quintessential guy movie. Not to say that a woman won't enjoy it, or that it's a stereotypical collection of all the things that men are supposed to love in movies, like a non-stop testosterone-fueled orgy of naked women, explosions, and violence. 

Nope, Swingers is the quintessential guy movie because almost every guy can relate to at least part of it at some time during his life. The uncertainty about your career, the lingering pain of losing a girlfriend you truly loved, the camaraderie (and annoyances) of your friends, the frustrating world of dating and the games and "rules" that come along with it, and the feeling of that moment when you finally realize that your life can go on without that other person it revolved around so long.

The story focuses on Mike (Jon Favreau), an aspiring comedian in Los Angeles who has recently gone through a break-up with his long-term girlfriend back east, and his group of friends. Most of whom try to help Mike get over his break-up by meeting women in and around L.A. and Las Vegas. Especially his two best friends, ladies man Trent (Vince Vaughn) and Rob (Ron Livingston)  Most of the movie follows the group on their nightly romps through the city, or Mike as he struggles with the loss of the relationship that he was very much invested in.

I enjoyed the casual conversations the guys had about women, video games, their job efforts, and other things. Swingers really nailed the dynamics of how guys act with each other.

It's also pretty funny, though it's not a total comedy by any means. A lot of the humor derives from Mike's painful attempts to talk to women, after six long years off the market. There's a really hysterical sequence about Mike and a woman's answering machine later in the movie that will have you howling. 

I got the sense that Swingers is the kind of movie that holds up well after repeated viewings, and maybe even gets better. It's not amazing, or anything like that, but it is hard to imagine anyone (especially guys aged 20-29) not appreciating it.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 April 1997 (Brazil) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$74,118, 20 October 1996

Gross USA:

$4,555,020

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,555,020
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Dolby

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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