January Blind Spot Review: Swingers (1996)

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“Everybody steals from everybody, that’s Hollywood.”
– Trent

SYNOPSIS: Wannabe actors become regulars in the stylish neo-lounge scene; Trent teaches his friend Mike the unwritten rules of the scene. – via IMDB

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GRADE 7Alrighty, so I can finally cross this off of my to watch list, and goodness knows it has been on there forever because I like both Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau. I found this to be entertaining but not great, though it did have places where it slumped a bit, which was disappointing. I found the antics of these guys to be so crazy, but on the other hand, I could understand it. These guys have uprooted their lives to make it big in show business, but it is not as easy as it would seem. They have settled into a rhythm of “fake it until you make it” and have built up night life and partying for themselves to sort of live their dream. These guys are at that age where pretty  much every human being finds themselves in life – wondering what you are doing and where you are going, both in life as well as your career. The performances were good, and watching these guys trying to figure things out with each other was pretty good. Just the way some things were said made me laugh quite a bit, and money has taken on a whole new meaning for me. Mike annoyed me somewhat by being so exceptionally hung up on his ex – he was so whiny. I sort of got what his friends were going through, being irritated and exasperated about that situation constantly coming up. It made him someone I just wanted to slap, and watching him grow and change was not always a gratifying experience. Until the last third, that is. Then it was great to see the changes in him, and how the relationships shift between him, his ex, his friends. The humour, while good, it a little stiff in places, but that might have to do with how the times have changed. Overall, I found the film to be decent, and I am happy to say that I have watched it now when I get asked (trust Murphy, it won’t be frequently anymore now that I can say I have).

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