|Swingers (15) *****|
(Dir: Doug Liman, 96 mins) Imagine ‘Diner’ rewritten by Quentin Tarantino, but cut out the violence and pump it full of Woody Allen one-liners. Cast a group of unknown but fiendishly charismatic young actors, shoot guerilla-style in LA’s grooviest nightspots, and dress the whole thing up in ‘50s retro chic. A deliriously hip comedy about male insecurity and bullshit artistry among a gang of wise-cracking aspiring Hollywood actors, the semi-autobiographical ‘Swingers’ was written by and co-stars Jon Favreau as Mike, who ruins every new relationship because he can’t forget his former girlfriend. His buddies, led by Trent (Vince Vaughn) valiantly attempt to get him back into the dating game. Director Doug Liman drops in some great pastiches of ‘Reservoir Dogs’ and ‘Goodfellas’, and the supporting actors are all old pals of Favreau’s which gives the ensemble playing a relaxed and natural charm. A funny, life-affirming delight.