The film that launched the Favreau-Vaughn bromance. (Well… on screen at least). Even after watching this i’m not sure if this was a rewatch or not, either way I enjoyed it.
Outwardly this is a film about aspiring actors doing and the LA Bar scene. Inwardly its about John Favreau recovering from a break up and going on a journey of sorts and growing as a person.
Vaughn is probably setting the high watermark for his schtick. Fast talking, obnoxious, amusing and strangely charming. Favreau is doing his droopy dog, kinda cynical, kinda amusing straight man thing…. and it really works. The two have genuine chemistry. They’re fun to watch, probably not to hang out with (well Vaughn anyway).
It’s a little dated now but it holds up. Everyone is ‘Baby’ or a ‘Skank’ and everything good is ‘Money’. Some of the singles stuff is enjoyable and rings true - all that “what about now? Is she looking at me now?” and playing the two day delay game. We all know people that have done it, we may have done 2000s equivalents ourselves - you have to wait at least half an hour before you reply to that text man!
There is a nice Reservoir Dogs pastiche a lovely Jaws reference, lots of awkward humour and a sentimental heart underpinning this. I found it thoroughly enjoyable.
“Trent, the beautiful babies don’t work the midnight to six shift on a Wednesday. This is like the skank shift.”
"Vegas baby Vegas!"
“Any scotch will do, as long as it’s not a blend, of course. Single malt, Glen Livet, Glen Galley, perhaps, any Glen”.
“Baby, that was money! Tell me that wasn’t money”.
"Baby you are so money and you don’t even know it!"
“Haven’t you seen Boyz N The Hood? Now one of us is going to get shot”.
“Don’t tell me we didn’t make it. We made it! We are here. And everything that is past is prologued to this”.