Swingers, Multiplicity, Total Recall: films on TV today

Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau are so money, the more Michael Keatons the merrier, and Colin Farrell follows Arnie to Mars: the RadioTimes team’s pick of free-to-air films on TV today




Swingers ★★★★
12 midnight-1.30am BBC1 

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.

Multiplicity ★★★
6.45-9.00pm Film Four 

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.

Total Recall ★★★
9.00-11.15pm 5★ 

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.     

From Russia with Love ★★★★★
9.00-11.25pm ITV4 

Sean Connery stars in one of the most popular Bond movies – a thrilling adventure, shot on location in pre-touristy Istanbul, in which 007 comes up against criminal organisation Spectre.    

Inglourious Basterds ★★★
10.20pm-1.30am More4 

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). 


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