Monday, June 9, 2014

Swingers (1996)

Director: Doug Liman
Writer:    Jon Favreau
Cast:       Jon Favreau, Vince Vaughn, Heather Graham, Ron Livingston

Mike (Jon Favreau) is a struggling comedian living in LA after shifting from New-York. He is suffering from depression after breaking up with his girlfriend of six years, six months ago. His mates, other struggling actors, are trying to get him to stop wallowing about the past and get him out into the dating scene of the 1990s swing revival.

We don't see characters getting walked through the dating process in many films. Mike is having a struggle after not being in the game since his college days where he hooked up with his ex-girlfriend.  It is really a funny film with plenty of references thrown about other films like Goodfellas and Reservoir Dogs. They even recreate the Goodfellas 'Copacabana' single tracking shot scene and Reservoir Dogs' slow-mo walk. One would also be reminded of several 'Seinfeld' situations as well. It is a great film that captures the atmosphere of those times.

Doug Liman started his career very strongly with 'Swingers' and 'Go' before getting into all the big budget action shenanigans. Hearing good things about his latest feature 'Edge of Tomorrow'. He is certainly a very dependable director.

Rating: 4.5/5