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SWINGERS

SYNOPSIS:
Swingers is a behind the scenes look at a close group of male friends, who talk about "babes" and commiserate about their rotten luck. It explores male bonding and menís private insecurities in the language of the 90ís retro-Swing movement. Mike (Favreau) is a struggling actor/comedian, who has left the love of his life on the East coast, as he tries to make it in Hollywood. His friends Trent (Vaughn), Rob (Livingston), Sue (Van Horn) and Charles (Desert) try to get Mike back into the game - the game of looking for babes and having fun - from the tables at Las Vegas to the bars and nightspots of LA. But Mike doesnít want to play, until . . .

"Swingers is a delight. It has an energetic, snappy script, punctuated by countless great lines, a strong ensemble cast, while Doug Limanís direction is fresh and alive. The mood and characters are so well established, it is easy and enjoyable to jump in head first and coast along with this bunch of guys, full of egos, insecurities and sexist jokes: "Sheís business - big butt, canít fly coach." Jon Favreau, who also produced and co-ordinated the lively soundtrack, gives a terrific performance as Mike, the sensitive new age guy, trapped in a world with loud-mouthed, vulgar, sexist males, Vince Vaughn, recently seen in Lost World, his perfect counterpart. The trip to Las Vegas is a hoot. Watch out for the scene at the blackjack table, which is priceless. Swingers is painfully honest: sometimes the truth hurts - especially if you laugh as much as I did. The spontaneity is reflected in the sometimes hand-held camera work. Itís a friendship movie, taking a forthright look at male bonding and what guys talk about in pursuit of the elusive babes. And then Mike meets a girl with a name like a quicheÖ The musical score will keep toes tapping and reflects the mood succinctly: from Dean Martinís Youíre Nobody Till Somebody Loves You to King of the Road, Go Daddy-O and Iím Beginning To See The Light."
Louise Keller

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JON FAVREAU INTERVIEW

SWINGERS (M)
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The music you hear on this page (if you have Shockwave Sound) is from the soundtrack of Swingers; it is Pick Up The Pieces performed by Average White Band.


CAST: Jon Favreau, Vince Vaughn, Ron Livingston, Patrick Van Horn, Alex Desert, Deena Martin, Katherine Kendall, Brooke Langton, Blake Lindsley and Heather Graham

DIRECTOR: Doug Liman

PRODUCER: Victor Simpkins

SCRIPT: Jon Favreau

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Doug Liman

EDITOR: Stephen Mirrione

MUSIC: Justin Reinhardt

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Brad Halvorson

RUNNING TIME: 96 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: REP

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: June 5, 1997

AUSTRALIAN VIDEO DISTRIBUTOR: POLYGRAM

AUSTRALIAN VIDEO RELEASE: AUGUST 12, 1998







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