2.15.2006

How do I kill the bunny with these claws?

One of my favorite and probably most repeatedly watched movies of the 90's, Swingers, is going to have a 10th-anniversary reunion this year. (Damn, has it been that long?):
    The U.S. Comedy Arts Festival announced Monday that its centerpiece showcase next month will be a 10th-anniversary celebration of the 1996 film “Swingers,” which made “money” the coinage of cool. The festival, set to run March 8th-12th in Aspen, Colo., will reunite the film’s cast — Vince Vaughn, Jon Favreau (who also wrote the movie) and Ron Livingston...

    The film was ahead of its time, Favreau said, setting the stage for the type of comedy found in more recent box office hits “Old School” and “Wedding Crashers.”

    “Now it seems all so familiar, but at the time it was cutting edge and we were grouped with all that independent film stuff,” Favreau said. But, he continued, “Vince and I and [director] Doug Liman too, and Ron, we’ve hit the mainstream as we’re closing in on 40 years old and now we’re the system.”
Besides launching the careers of John Favreau, Vince Vaughn, Ron Livingston, and uber-director Doug Liman, for better or worse the film inadvertently spurring the resurgence of swing music. The film deserves its cult status as a funny, light, edgy romp through one man's newfound single status and his friend's attempts to show him how's he's so money. Beyond that, aside from being credited with infusing the phrase 'You're so money' into the American lexicon, the film is as fresh today as it was when it became a sleeper hit in 1996. Still an occasional staple of the late-night DVD viewing.

3 comments:

Aaron said...

I haven't seen Wedding Crashers , or Old School , but from trailers and media clips I've used at work, Swingers seems to me to be a much smarter movie.

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