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Review of "Swingers" 
1st-Jan-2011 02:37 pm

Swingers (Liman, 1996)

They say, write what you know, and you know what? I’m glad most people don’t take that advice, otherwise 90% of all movies would be like “Swinger”. Unemployed actors in Hollywood trying to make it, while dealing with issues related to their age group and jokes that the writer would hear in his inner circle and feel was hilarious.

“Bad books on writing and thoughtless English professors solemnly tell beginners to 'Write What You Know', which explains why so many mediocre novels are about English professors contemplating adultery." – Science-fiction author Joe Haldeman

"Creative writing teachers should be purged until every last instructor who has uttered the words "Write what you know" is confined to a labor camp. Please, talented scribblers, write what you don't. The blind guy with the funny little harp who composed The Iliad , how much combat do you think he saw?"
- P.J. O'Rourke

“Swingers” is focused on a young man going through a breakup, and he is constantly whining, even though it has been six months. His friends, patient for some reason, listen to him and try to get him back in the game. Noteworthy among the friends is young, really young Vince Vaughn, playing the smooth-talking, ladies-man who is always giving advice on how to score with girls. We have seen characters like Vaughn in a lot of movies, but never so badly acted. He seems stiff and boring. Interestingly, I am currently watching the show “How I Met Your Mother” which has Neil Patrick Harris playing the same sort of character, and while “How I Met Your Mother” is only a sitcom (and not always that amusing), NPH’s role of the charismatic, ladies man is funny and even believable. You WANT to hang out with Neil Patrick Harris, but I wouldn’t want to Vaughn’s character, who only speaks in some sort of derivative 90s slang of calling everything “money”, as in, “You are so money!”

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