- Rated: SIMMERING
It has taken me a while to catch up with this film, but I'm glad I did.
Friends had been telling me that I'd really like it (now that I've seen
it, that makes me a bit nervous). And I did.
It is a stylish little film , with a good ensemble cast, quite a witty
script, and lots of hip and not-so-hip detail. It is set in Los Angeles
and Las Vegas (two of my favourite cities - perverse person that I am).
And incidentally, have you noticed how many films these days are shot
in whole or in part in Las Vegas? Leaving Las Vegas and Honeymoon in
Las Vegas of course, but also Con Air, Mars Attacks, Austin Powers, etc
etc. They just need that "tack" factor, and so does Swingers.
Swingers has a good heart, and a nice self-awareness that doesn't ever
go overboard, even in the scenes aping Reservoir Dogs, Goodfellas, and
Saturday Night Fever. The film, and even the characters themselves,
seem aware how preposterous their posing is, and how vulnerable these
tough guys really are. Nice to see buddies looking after the emotional
problems of a mate, too.
Director Doug Liman has a sure hand and knows his subject. He has the
benefit of a script written by the star, Jon Favreau, from life.
Chasing Amy is a much better film on a similar topic, but Swingers has
something to offer too, especially on behalf of those who are under-
(or over-) confident and underemployed.