Swingers suggests that utmost good intentions and patronizing attitudes may go hand in hand in the crafting of collective memorials, that friendship is an exchange of correct intuitions within telepathic parlour games, and that a doxa is never erroneous when it is organically articulated to serve as empathetic surgery. Compatibilities are ad-libs, they are more than just ornaments indicated by conscious signposts.
I admire actors who aren't afraid to be assholes. Remember Paul Newman? I caught a virus from watching this film. I can't stop describing people as being 'money'. Vince Vaughn is so 'money' he doesn't even realize how 'money' he is.
So funny! So perfectly Los Angeles ("Yeah, this place is dead anyway.") This is a story of a bunch of transplants trying to fake it 'til they make it. The 90's-ness of it is delectible, with a very young and charismatic Vince Vaughn and Heather Graham. Favreau is just the right amount of annoying, all redeemed in the penultimate scene. 4.5/5
The film works as an amusing peek at 'bro' culture. However, I wish the film acted as more of an indictment of the culture than it does. The main characters in this film are misogynistic assholes, and they don't deserve the happy ending, (or the suggestion of a happy ending), that the film affords them.
A very dialogue-driven movie, and merely subtly humorous, were it not for the two leads I might have even found this film a tad boring. But Favreau & Vaughn's characters are so likable, so on-the-nose, that a few VERY obvious homages can pass (barely) under the radar. Not the masterpiece that a few people have spouted (and notably low-budget), but still worthy of at least one watch.
A heartfelt man-children-come-of-age comedy (the kind Vaughn would later turn into a hideous "genre") that also provides a bit of a nostalgic kick for me as someone who was very much into the sillyness of 90s "swing" music.