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Swingers Review

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  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
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  • 100

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    The beauty of Swingers lies in the irony of its title: Despite their lounge-lizard posing, these guys will never really live up to their Rat Pack dreams.

  • 63

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    Enjoyable in a shallow way, but there's nothing so special here that it warrants more than a cursory glance.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Andy Seiler

    Uneven, amateurish and borderline misogynistic. But it's also very funny, and it never loses its cool.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The movie is sweet, funny, observant and goofy with a small ``g,'' which means you don't get paid, but at least you don't have to wear the suit.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    Doesn't really add up to much -- except a good time. But it's smart, funny and cute. With all that going for you, who needs to be money? [25 October 1996, Friday, p.H]

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 15+

Funny modern comedy of manners and cool.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this film contains a lot of very strong language, which the main characters use freely. Mike and Trent spend a lot of the film discussing women in unflattering ways. Although there are no scenes of nudity, but ther'is a scene where Mike interrupts Trent and a woman during sex. Much of the film takes place in bars, and the main characters drink a lot of alcohol, smoke, and gamble. There]s also a scene of potential violence where a gun is drawn during a fight but not fired.

  • Families can talk about the different ways the main characters deal with women and one another. What is the cost of Trent's predatory, manipulative behavior? Why does he lose his cool in the diner at the end of the movie? The film looks at both positive and negative aspects of peer pressure -- in the scene where Sue pulls out a gun, his friends make it crystal clear what a major violation of cool he's committed. How does this contrast with their other behavior?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Not an issue

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: A scene of potential violence where a gun is drawn during a fight, but not fired.

  • sex false3

    Sex: No nudity, but there is a scene where Mike interrupts Trent and a woman during sex.

  • language false5

    Language: Very strong language.

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false5

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: The main characters drink a lot of alcohol and smoke.