In 1996, Doug Liman helmed Swingers, the breakout buddy film largely responsible for your friends saying things like, “You’re so money and you don’t even know it!” and that guy in your dormitory signing up for swing lessons. In other words, Swingers’ influence on popular culture may not have been profound, but it was briefly unavoidable.
For his follow-up, Liman took on a small-budget ensemble comedy called Go, which aspired to do for the teen-rave underground what Swingers did for zoot suits. It also happened to star a young Katie Holmes, fresh off of her first year of Dawson’s Creek, and a handsome actor named Timothy Olyphant, who would later anchor prestige-TV favorites Deadwood and Justified. While Go made far less of an impact upon its release than Swingers, I preferred the one that centered around a bunch of dirtbag kids who worked at a supermarket and sought a weekend of reckless excess. Being a dirtbag, 20-year-old raver who worked in a mall at the time, I could relate.