"What, are you afraid someone's gonna step to you, Snoop Dogg?"
Hilarious and well-done.Now that you've been saying "money" and "beautiful baby" for the last few years and still don't have a clue where the phrases came from, it's time to see the little movie that started it.
Swingers tells the tale of Mike (Jon Favreau) and Trent (Vince Vaughn, in a career starting role) and their revolving circle of friends that includes a boy named Sue (Patrick Van Horn), whose father was obviously a big Johnny Cash fan. All of the guys live in Hollywood, and Mike's a recent New York transplant. He left a girl back there, and he still pines for her. He still talks about her, even with other women he meets. Trent is determined to hook Mike up, and make him forget about the girl. They roadtrip to Vegas, where Trent scores a cocktail waitress and Mike hooks up with a "Dorothy," a woman dressed like the character from the Wizard of Oz who walks around the floor of the MGM Grand casino. They head back to Dorothy and her friend's airstream trailer. Mike and Dorothy talk (about Mike's old girlfriend), then Mike interrupts Trent (already getting intimate with the waitress) to use the phone to call his ex. All the while, the movie's loaded with the pop culture references and dialogue that's become the staples of indie cinema. The group of guys sit around playing Sega hockey, trying to make their video opponent's head bleed, talking about movies (like in Clerks) and mention Scorsese and Tarantino. Later in the film, obvious lifts from those movies show up, and you can't help but laugh.
The strengths of the film are obivously the dialogue and the characters. Favreau wrote the script, so you can assume that he knows about everything he's written and it is at times possibly even autobiographical. His Mike's not necessarily a loser, but he's certainly a sympathetic character. Trent may be the boisterous guy you very probably hated in high school, but you start to smile every time he shows up on screen, wondering what he'll say (as Trent swaggers up to a bar: "Glenlivet, Glenfiddich, any Glen.") or do next.
Will Mike eventually find love and forget about the girl back east? Maybe. Well, Heather Graham's in this movie, so it's probably a good sign that he will. I think any guy would forget about their ex for Heather Graham.Funny and really just a sweet movie.