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By Will Fertman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Funny modern comedy of manners and cool.

Movie R 1996 96 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 15+

Loved this movie

The language is laced with obscenities and there are a lot of sexual references, but it's a fun movie. Also you should be prepared to talk about responsible use of alcohol and drugs because the characters are not exactly role models.

This title has:

Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 17+

90s cult hit is still money

Jon Favreau's writing debut still retains some hedonistic, sexist and homophobic terminology that pervaded the 90s, but it's so charming I almost want to give it a scot-free pass. The film allowed Vince Vaughn to break out to the public, and he's kept his fast-talking, charm your pants off persona ever since...but he doesn't change that much. It's Favreau's Mike who undergoes the arc, and it takes a while to get to like him 'cause he's such a pathetic sad sack sometimes. But the film has a lot of funny moments, and you eventually start to feel sorry for Mike rather than wanting to slap him on the head. You have the handful of moments that are unbelievable as well: not astonishing comedy but unbelievable in you don't buy that certain things are happening. Ultimately, it's a harmless, breezy ride with this ragtag band of swingers, and gives you a little taste of the 90s in all its plaid-wearing, weird lingo glory.

This title has:

Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (2 ):

A modern comedy of manners and cool, SWINGERS will entertain and embarrass teenagers and their parents. Teenagers will probably (hopefully!) find the 10-years-ago swing revival aesthetic too square for words, while parents may find themselves reflecting back on their own youthful excesses. But charming, funny performances by the cast, especially Vince Vaughn and Ron Livingston, will make it worth the pain.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: July 11, 1996
  • On DVD or streaming: September 24, 2002
  • Cast: Heather Graham , Jon Favreau , Vince Vaughn
  • Director: Doug Liman
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors, Middle Eastern/North African actors
  • Studio: Miramax
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Run time: 96 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: language
  • Last updated: January 2, 2023

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