Having been single over Christmas in the past, I recognise the resolution and belief that the following year could be the one where I meet Miss Right (thankfully, that has now happened). But it is so much easier said than done: I’m certainly no expert, but the National Lottery phrase of “You have to be in it to win it” could seldom be more apt. To get yourself out there watch Swingers. It’s not about “those” sort of swingers, so no need to worry that the New Year is also bringing an alternative lifestyle choice. Swingers is the 1996 film that first put the likes of Vince Vaughan, Doug Liman and Jon Favreau on their way to Hollywood success. Favreau wrote and stars in this movie about a down on his luck comic in LA who has just been dumped by his girlfriend back home. His friends (Vaughan amongst them) have varying methods and views on how he can do this with hilarious and emotional results. Picture Vaughan’s and Van Horn’s (Trent & Sue respectively) rapid fire delivery of a pep talk to Favreau’s Mike:
Trent: You know what you are? You’re like a big bear with claws and with fangs…
Sue: Big fucking teeth, man.
Trent: Yeah, big fuckin’ teeth on ya’. And she’s just like this little bunny, who’s just kinda cowering in the corner.
Trent: Yeah, man just kinda, you know, you got these claws and you’re staring at these claws and your thinking to yourself, and with these claws you’re thinking, “How am I supposed to kill this bunny, how am I supposed to kill this bunny?”
Sue: And you’re poking at it, you’re poking at it.
Trent: Yeah, you’re not hurting it. You’re just kinda gently batting the bunny around, you know what I mean? And the bunny’s scared Mike, the bunny’s scared of you, shivering.
Sue: And you got these fucking claws and these fangs…
Trent: And you got these fucking claws and these fangs, man! And you’re looking at your claws and you’re looking at your fangs. And you’re thinking to yourself, you don’t know what to do, man. “I don’t know how to kill the bunny.” With *this* you don’t know how to kill the bunny, do you know what I mean?
Sue: You’re like a big bear, man.
Mike: So you’re not just like fucking with me?
Trent: No I’m not fucking with you.
Sue: Honestly, man.
One to watch: Swingers
Further viewing: Annie Hall; The 40 year old Virgin; Knocked Up; Sliding Doors; 10; Casablanca; The Man Who Loved Women; The Graduate.
Avoid: Taxi Driver