Swinging with the Finkels

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Swinging with the Finkels
Swinging with the Finkels Poster.jpg
U.K. Theatrical release poster
Directed by Jonathan Newman
Produced by Thomas Augsberger
David Mutch
Deepak Nayar
Philip von Alvensleben
Screenplay by Jonathan Newman
Starring Mandy Moore
Martin Freeman
Melissa George
Music by Mark Thomas
Cinematography Dirk Nel
Edited by Eddie Hamilton
Kintop Pictures
Starlight Films
Distributed by Moving Pictures Film and Television (United States)
Freestyle Releasing (U.S.)
Release date
  • 17 June 2011 (2011-06-17) (United Kingdom)
  • 26 August 2011 (2011-08-26) (United States)
Running time
85 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Swinging with the Finkels is a 2011 British comedy film directed by Jonathan Newman and starring Mandy Moore, Martin Freeman and Melissa George. The screenplay concerns a wealthy London who couple decide to take up "swinging" (as in "partner swapping") in an attempt to save their struggling marriage.[1][2] The film was picked up by Freestyle Releasing and had a limited release date in the United States on 26 August 2011.[3]



Critics mostly focused on its crude, stale humour, one-dimensional characters, and portrayal of marriage. It currently holds a 0% 'rotten' critical score on Rotten Tomatoes based on 19 reviews, and a 20% audience score based on 899 reviews (as of September 2015), together indicating generally negative reviews. It is not listed on Metacritic.

It has been described as 'a contempo contribution to the august British tradition of lame, unfunny sex comedies' by Leslie Felperin of Variety, 'occasionally loathsome' by Brian Orndorf of BrianOrndorf.com, 'excruciatingly wrongheaded and outdated' by Mary Ann Johanson of Flick Filosopher and 'a bit crude for its own good' by Blake French of Filmcritic.com.

Xan Brooks of The Guardian wrote 'short of having a urethral swab or inserting a cucumber up yourself, it's hard to imagine a more queasy form of torture than this dismal British sex comedy - about a man who has a urethral swab and a woman who inserts a cucumber up herself' and Peter Sobczynski of eFilmCritic.com wrote 'Imagine the world's longest, lamest and smuttiest episode of the redoubtable TV classic "Love, American Style" and you have only begun to conceptualize the mind and genital-numbing horror that is Swinging with the Finkels'.

In a more positive review, Mike McGranaghan of Aisle Seat wrote 'I'm right down the middle on this one. It's not great, but it's not terrible either'.


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