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With: Jon Favreau, Vince Vaughn, Ron Livingston, Patrick Van Horn, Alex Desert, Heather Graham, Deena Martin, Katherine Kendall, Brooke Langton, Rio Hackford
Written by: Jon Favreau
Directed by: Doug Liman
MPAA Rating: R for language throughout
Running Time: 96
Date: 08/31/1996

Swingers (1996)

3 Stars (out of 4)

Vegas, Baby

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Director Doug Liman, actor/writer Jon Favreau and actors Vince Vaughn and Ron Livingston all made their breakthroughs with this amiable indie comedy, filled with catchy slang ("that's so money!"). It's all about trying to make it big. Wannabe comedian Mike (Favreau) has been dumped and fast-talking Trent (Vaughn) and his other buddies try to cheer him up. They eventually head to Vegas for a big blowout. The arc is nothing new, but the writing and pacing make it fresh and energetic, at least enough for it to have became a cult classic.

In 2011, Lionsgate, which acquired Blu-Ray rights for some of the Miramax library, released a very good Blu-Ray edition of this cult classic. (It's, you know, totally "money.") Extras include an audio commentary track with director Doug Liman and editor Stephen Mirrione, a commentary with writer/actor Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn, "Making it Hollywood" documentary series, a short film, Swingblade, deleted footage taken from raw dailies, and a trailer.

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