There’s a grotesque TV ad in which a man in shirt and tie flaunts his Beyoncé-like behind and is described as “so Money Supermarket”. This tagline improbably originated in this cult low-budget American comedy of male manners written by Jon Favreau. He also stars as an out-of-work New York actor adrift in LA, hurting after a break-up. Pals Vince Vaughn (in his first major film role), Ron Livingston and Patrick Van Horn, also actors, attempt to rehabilitate him, and their attendant misadventures trying to pick up women form the meat of the film. It’s Vaughn who insists, in the barstool argot that the friends use: “You’re so money and you don’t even know it.” Directed by then-newcomer Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity), Swingers releases great comic equity from yet another group of movie men who should know better. These are losers who carry themselves with a certain 90s panache. The sequence with the multiple phone messages is a modern classic.
You get more Michael Keaton for your money in Harold Ramis’s quirky fantasy comedy. He plays a stressed-out man who clones himself multiple times in order to deal with the pressures of work and home. Unsurprisingly, it’s not a case of the more the merrier.
It’s déjâ vu all over again. Colin Farrell fills the shoes of Arnold Schwarznegger in this remake of the 1990 sci-fi classic and he manages not to flip-flop around as the man on the run from brainwashing baddies.
Quentin Tarantino’s twisted history-bending homage to war movies stars Brad Pitt as a Nazi-hunting commander on a mission to blow up Hitler in Paris. But it’s Christoph Waltz as a despicable SS officer who steals the show (and won an Oscar).