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Swingers (15)



Review: Jack Foley

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES: Commentary with Doug Liman and editor Stephen Mirrone. Commentary with Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn. 4 featurettes. Outtakes. Deleted scenes.

DOUG Liman's swinging look at the LA singles scene of the early 90s has become something of a cult classic, based on the strong word of mouth it generated during its cinema release.

The film deserves its status as a modern gem because of the way it manages to put a totally different spin on the classic tale of failed relationships in the modern era, making it bitingly funny and achingly poignant in equal measure.

The film essentially focuses on two men - the insecure Mike (Jon Favreau, who also wrote the script) and his best friend, the smooth-talking ladies man, Trent (Vince Vaughn).

Mike is a struggling actor still attempting to piece his life back together following a traumatic break-up with his New York girlfriend, yet he is frequently dragged out into the nightlife of Hollywood and Vegas by Mike, who is determined to ease his pain.

It's a simple premise, yet it works wonders because of the world that Liman and Favreau have created for their characters.

Trent seems to exist on his own planet at times, devising his own rhetoric to refer to people as 'so money' or 'babies/sweet honies'.

He is probably the most insecure of the lot, but hides it well, frequently displaying acts of male bravado that all too often have viewers laughing at his expense.

Yet his double-act with the understated Favreau is perfectly played and seldom feels heavy-handed (rather, as natural as any relationship you've ever had while cruising the singles scene of your own local neighbourhood).

The predicaments Liman places them in are often inspired, whether it be in the casinos of Vegas, attempting to woo the cocktail waitresses, or at parties and nightspots in LA, where Mike continually gets himself into trouble through just being awkward.

One particularly cringe-inducing episode finds Mike attempting to call a girl he has just met and leaving repeated messages on her answering machine, each time sounding more and more desperate. You will be urging him to hang up and give up, until the object of his affection does it for him.

The scene has rightly been hailed as a classic in its own right.

But there is so much else to enjoy in the film, not least the camaraderie that exists between all of the male players, as well as the sweet resolution, where Mike eventually finds happiness and makes the right choices.

Its the effortless blend of humour and drama that makes Swingers so shamelessly enjoyable.

Needless to say, the two-disc collectors' edition comes packed with extras, including interviews, commentaries, deleted scenes and featurettes.

It's a nice, easygoing accompaniment to a film that's so on the money that you won't mind forking out your own to possess it.

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