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"Cocktails first. Questions later."

Swingers is an innovative comedy that is set in the early 1990s in Los Angeles during the reinvigoration of the swing music revival. It was written by one of the film's stars, Jon Favreau. The film also starred up-and-coming Hollywood stars Vince Vaughn, Ron Livingston, Alex Desert and Heather Graham. The story's central character is Mike Peters. He is a down-on-his-luck actor and comedian. He is dealing with some homesickness and an emotional break-up with his longtime girlfriend. His group of friends, who are also struggling actors, try to get Mike back out and on the market. He is reluctant to let go of his relationship and is considering a move back to his home town in New Jersey. Mike's best friend in LA is Trent Walker, played by Vaughn. Trent is a free spirit and is never afraid to speak his mind.

Mike's friends spend a good portion of their time talking to him about his ex-girlfriend and also find some time to discuss video games, movie auditions, Tarantino movies, when to call girls back and the downsides of playing "Goofy" at Disney Land.

Trent talks Mike into taking a quick road trip to Las Vegas. Mike loses big on his first hand of blackjack, and Trent tries to make Mike feel better by getting them dates with a couple of Vegas waitresses. Mike is still unable to shake his feelings for his girlfriend and spends the evening talking to his date about his failed relationship.

Trent takes Mike and his friends out to a swank party that ends up moving to a Los Angeles swing dance club. Mike meets an actress named Lorraine who has a similar back story to his. They hit it off, and she gets Mike to dance with her. The end of the film comes with a call from Mike's ex. Will he talk to her or call Lorraine?

| 1996 | 1 hr 34 min | 7.3/10 | 71/100
Doug Liman

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