Swinging to the Left: A film critique of the mid-90's movie Swingers.

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Swinging to the Left

Swingers is a trendy comedy set in mid-90's Hollywood at the height of the rebirth of swing dancing. It's the story of a group of friends who spend their days searching for acting work and pass the nights by drinking and looking for "love." Being an independent film, Swingers doesn't have the best script or award-winning actors. It doesn't have high tech camera angles or flashy soundstages and costumes. This movie does, however, have a strong plot and a great deal of humor. Swingers goes out of its way to prove that a film doesn't have to be a blockbuster with a huge budget to be hilarious and teach a valuable lesson.

Jon Favreau stars as Mike, a starving stand-up comedian and actor, who finds himself in an emotional rut after breaking up with his girlfriend of six years, Michelle. Mike is boring everyone with his recap of their relationship, moping around his apartment, and even having long discussions with his answering machine.

Mike's fast-talking and smooth buddy, Trent, played by Vince Vaughn, decides enough is enough. Trent concludes it's time to show Mike how to move on with life by taking him to Vegas on a-spur-of-the-moment road trip in search of a fast time. Instead, they find themselves at a casino that seems to be the hot spot for everyone over sixty. Mike and Trent soon go from studs to duds when they strike out with a couple of casino waitresses because Mike can't stop talking about Michelle.

When the boys get back to Hollywood, they meet up with their friends: Rob, Sue, and Charles, played by Ron Livingston, Patrick Van Horn, and Alex Desert. The five of them caravan all around Los Angeles, each in his own car, going from party to party...