Wednesday 28 December 2005

Swingers (1996) - ickleReview (DVD)

Dialogue-heavy comedy about a guy called Mike Peters (Jon Favreau), who has just split up with his girlfriend of six years. His buddies in downtown LA, led by Trent Walker (Vince Vaughn) try to encourage him back into the game. And it is a game, whose rules they try to obey: don't call her for two days after getting her number ("the industry standard"). Pretend to forget her when you break up and then gradually you will; then when you have forgotten her, she will call.

"Dialogue-heavy" is an observation; not a criticism; in fact, it is a joy to have so much wit and humour. Trent takes Mike to Vegas in an attempt to look "money" and get laid. Mike is still too much like a guy in a PG-13 movie: too cute and likeable to score. Eventually he retrieves his self-esteem back in LA after numerous attempts gone wrong, accompanied by his good group of friends.

Nugget: great fun, with some sharp perceptions of what it's like trying to meet girls. Biased to the guys's point of view.

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