CINEMA: MEN BEHAVING COOLLY

A RETRO ROMANCE FILLED WITH WIT, CRAFT AND HEART

Four guys hang out, kid one another, get into scuffles and flash their gonadal searchlight for available women. Yikes, haven't there been enough variations on the multiple-buddy movie? Actually, no. The funniest thing about the comedy Swingers, written by its lead actor, Jon Favreau, and directed by Doug Liman, is how smartly it spiffs up a tired formula. Just add wit, craft and--it's a dirty word, but we've got to say it--heart.

Swingers: that word is not so much dirty as stale. It evokes the musty air of Rat Pack swagger, when Frank and Dino passed for arbiters of hip machismo....

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