Every Friday throughout the summer, we’ll be posting a movie that someone on our staff has picked as one of their favorite Miramax films. While the summer blockbusters invade the theaters, consider watching one of the staff picks over the weekend instead.
Today’s pick, Swingers, is from Executive Assistant, Andrea Kerr. The film stars Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn, still unknowns at the time, yet able to get the Favreau-penned flick made on a very low budget. It premiered at the Venice Film Festival and was picked up for distribution at the Toronto Film Festival premiere in 1996. Topping many critics’ lists, within six months it had also made stars of both Favreau and Vaughn and grossed $4.5 million at the box office.
Doug Liman’s debut comedy Swingers stars Jon Favreau as the sensitive Mike. Mike is a struggling actor and stand-up comic looking for romance in the wake of his dissolution of a six-year relationship. During this, he navigates his way through the Hollywood scene with his group of friends that are so close to fame they can touch it, yet so far away they can’t pay for the check. From Vegas to LA hot spots, Mike is continually schooled by his friends on the rules of seduction only to find that he just needed to be himself and let go of the Hollywood pretenses to find what it was he was looking for.
A broken heart and friends that think they have all the answers to your recovery – a story that I am sure we have all experienced at one point or another. I speak on behalf of many singles out there trying to date in LA, it can be a bit of a challenge to say the least. Many people feel like they have to date by a certain code or set of rules to be successful in this city, yet most single people complain about how hard it is to date here. Perhaps we need to take some advice from Mike, and a little less from his cronies, and just be ourselves.
However, no matter how many times I watch this film, I am always thoroughly entertained and can relate in so many ways. From the video game hockey tournaments, to the elaborate rules that Trent (Vince Vauhn) has for Mike on dating, and classic phrases like “Vegas baby”, “You’re so money” and “Look at all the beautiful babies”, I am sure this film is one we will still be talking about for many years to come.
- Trent convinces Mike that the only way to get over his ex is to get way out of town. In this scene: Mike (Jon Favreau), Rob (Ron Livingston), Trent (Vince Vaughn)
- After their night in Vegas ends in the friend zone, Trent gives Mike the pep talk he needs to get his head back in the dating game. In this scene: Trent (Vince Vaughn), Mike (Jon Favreau), Rob (Ron Livingston)