Thanks to the scene it takes place in, Swingers has an Old Hollywood style with a contemporary edge. Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn have great chemistry and make this movie. It's also good it didn't rely too heavily on the swing revival, or else I would've felt a bit alienated. Instead, it's quite universal. It has a nice disorienting feel to it as well. It's an L.A. movie but it's not.
As close to a film about nothing as you can get, and there's something very joyful in that. A small-scale look at a group of friends - the fact they're actors is almost incidental. Well centred in the "neo-lounge scene", but the meat of the film is in Favreau and Vaughn's interactions and their attempts to pick up women. Very funny and Vaughn manages to be endearing when he could easily have not been. Great film.
We've all been Favreau in this moment. There's rhythm in the dialogue, the pacing and obviously in the use of movement to a jazz and funk soundtrack. These guys are full of empathy for each other, I want them as buddies. Vince Vaughn was briefly on fire here in his career. The dance scene at the end so, so well demonstrates that moment you let go of everything and come out of your own head. Satisfying and perfect.
All of the characters are annoying - either horrible stupid womanisers or whiney and stupid. I've only seen Vaughan and Favreau do awful strings and was expecting this film to live up to the hype and show me that they were good before Holywood corrupted them. Sorry to say that this film is dull, unfunny and dated....