Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5. USA, 1996. Doug Liman Productions, Independent Pictures, The Alfred Shay Company Inc.. Screenplay by Jon Favreau. Cinematography by Doug Liman. Produced by Victor Simpkins. Music by Justin Reinhardt. Production Design by Brad Halvorson. Costume Design by Genevieve Tyrrell. Film Editing by Stephen Mirrione. Toronto International Film Festival 1996.
Doug Liman broke through the independent scene and made his mark with this swanky comedy that takes place in the world of swing clubs (and was responsible for starting a major trend of a similar ilk around the time of its release). Jon Favreau has moved out to California to reunite with his best friend (Vince Vaughn in the role that convinced Steven Spielberg to cast him in The Lost World) and get over his heartbreaking relationship with a girl who dumped him. Looking for a new Ms. Right is no easy task, however, and in between the many failed attempts at connecting with anyone special, these two guys and their buddies spend all their free time hanging out in retro-diners discussing what they think is “money” (their term to describe the ultimate in quality) and what isn’t. Heather Graham as adorable as the deus ex machina, and while I can’t say the film really worked it’s way completely over on me, I will say it’s so hip, it’s money.