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[[caption-width-right:303:So Fuckin' Money!]]

A 1996 romantic comedy directed by Doug Liman, starring Creator/JonFavreau, Creator/VinceVaughn, and Ron Livingston (otherwise known as "that guy from ''Film/OfficeSpace''") as three young actors living in L.A. in the early 90's hanging around in the eponymous subculture (the swing music revival one, not [[{{Polyamory}} that one]]), and struggling to get their careers and personal lives going. Favreau plays Mike, an aspiring comic from New York who has moved to Los Angeles in pursuit of a career after being dumped by his longtime girlfriend at home and has been in a romantic slump ever since he arrived, and Vaughn is Trent, his cocky, charismatic, and occasionally obnoxious party animal of a best friend. Also part of their circle are Rob (Livingston), an aspiring actor having trouble finding a gig better than dressing as a cartoon character at Disneyland, Sue (Patrick Van Horn), whose name was inspired by his parents' love of the Johnny Cash song, and Charles (Alex Desert).

The film begins with Trent persuading Mikey to take a road trip to Las Vegas, during which he quickly loses most of his rent money for the month in a futile attempt to impress a woman; Trent is more successful and manages to pick up a cocktail waitress working at the casino. After the pair returns to L.A., more adventures in the same vein follow, with Mike and friends going out to various clubs and parties around L.A. and trying (mostly unsuccessfully) to be cool and meet women. Eventually, things start to turn around for Mike romantically, if not professionally.

The movie is considered a CultClassic by many and is much-loved for its likable characters and extremely quotable screenplay. It was the first major success for Favreau, Vaughn and Liman and sent them on to the successful careers they continue to enjoy today.

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!! This Movie Contains Examples Of:

* BeardOfSorrow: Mike grows one at one point.
* BerserkButton: Sue doesn't care for people making fun of his name.
* BoyMeetsGirl: Realistically and amusingly subverted; Mike meets several possible love interests early in the movie, but manages to screw things up with each of them thanks to his mopey state of mind and lack of dating experience.
* BreakUpToMakeUp: Mike gets over his ex-girlfriend just in time to turn her down when she asks him if he wants to get back together.
* TheCasino: In one of the movie's first scenes.
* CatchPhrase: Describing something good as "money" is the catchphrase of the entire group.
* TheCharmer: Trent, to the annoyance of Mike.
* ClassicallyTrainedExtra: Rob is a trained Shakespearean actor but fails to land a job playing Goofy at Disneyland.
* CoversAlwaysLie: Heather Graham is featured on the cover of the DVD, implying that she is one of the main characters in the film. In reality she only appears in a single scene.
* DoggedNiceGuy: Mike.
* FunnyAnsweringMachine: Inverted: it's not the answering machine message itself that's funny, it's the series of embarrassing messages Mike leaves in response to it that is.
* GenderBlenderName: Sue, in reference to the Johnny Cash song "Boy Named Sue."
* HairTriggerTemper: [[{{Deconstruction}} Deconstructed]] with Sue. He frequently loses his temper with the others, who yell right back at him rather than cowering; the one time he threatens violence, by pulling a gun after exchanging words with some wannabe thugs in a parking lot, his friends pull him away and immediately and realistically call him out for acting like an idiot.
* HandsomeLech: Trent.
* HomageShot: Tons, to various movies beloved of the filmmakers.
** One shot, of the guys sitting around the kitchen table talking about movies in their apartment, is a direct {{homage}} to ''Film/ReservoirDogs'', follows by another homage as they walk out to their cars in slow motion.
** The guys entering a club through the kitchen entrance is an homage to a similar scene in ''Film/GoodFellas''.
* IrrevocableMessage: Mike leaves a series of increasingly embarrassing messages on the machine of a girl he's just met.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Trent, who's an obnoxious womanizer, but genuinely does care about his friends and tries to snap Mike out of his depressive funk.
* UsefulNotes/LosAngeles: For once portrayed realistically.
* LoveHurts: One of the movie's major themes.
* MinorFlawMajorBreakup:
-->Mike: Hi, how are you ladies doing this evening?
-->Girl at Party: What do you drive?
-->Mike: A Cavalier. (as she turns and walks away) It's red...it's a red Cavalier...
* OddCouple: Mike and Trent.
* OddFriendship: Mike finds Trent obnoxious and Trent finds Mike mopey and depressing, but they are close friends.
* OnTheRebound: Mike is assured that his ex's new relationship won't last, as it's just a rebound. Mike points out his relationship with her also started as a rebound.
* RedOniBlueOni: Trent and Mike have similar backgrounds and personal and career goals, but very different approaches to life; neither is right all the time and the two tend to pull each other away from their own respective worst tendencies.
* RomanticWingman: Mike's friends attempt to play this role for him with varying degrees of success.
* SenseiForScoundrels: Trent employs some of this with Mike.
* ShoutOut: As with the {{homage}}s listed above, there are quite a few, to ''Film/{{Jaws}}'', ''Film/TheGodfather'', ''American Graffiti'', and ''Rain Man'', among other movies, not to mention nods to Johnny Cash, ''NHL '94'' for the Sega Genesis, and ''You Bet Your Life''. Trent calling Mike "the guy behind the guy behind the guy" at a casino is an obscure reference to Creator/DavidMamet's ''Film/ThingsChange''.
* TheOner: A homage to TheOner in GoodFellas.
* VivaLasVegas: Or as Trent puts it, 'Vegas, baby! Vegas!'
* YouNeedToGetLaid: What Trent thinks Mike needs to get over his breakup with his ex.

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