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Swing Vote [Blu-ray]

Kevin Costner , Paula Patton , Joshua Michael Stern    PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   Blu-ray
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Swing Vote


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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Washington comes to Mr Nobody Sept. 21 2009
Format:DVD
An amiable enough movie that Hollywood turns out with ease: a sort of topical plot involving voting with well known actors to pull in the public. As this is a Hollywood product for the masses I didn't expect anything too hard hitting which made it slightly frustrating viewing.

One man's vote is going to decide who runs America for the next four years and the two main parties pitch their policies in the media based on their interpretation of his views. Here was a chance, with TV ads and political speeches to do some biting satire on the contemporary US political landscape but the opportunity was passed by. See 'Wag the dog' or HBO's brilliant 'Recount' for the satirical potential of American politics.

The action and situations were all rather over-the-top as the movie progressed, with Kevin Costner playing the hero Bud, a local drunk and unemployed layabout who lives in a trailer with his daughter Molly. Part of the appeal of the movie, for US audiences only, is the way Costner plays easy-going Bud. In the rest of the world I would expect viewers to get fed up with him pretty quickly. His twelve-year-old daughter Molly, played by a very competent Madeline Carroll, was probably the bright spark in the whole movie. Kelsey Grammer, Dennis Hopper and Stanley Tucci seemed only to be there to give the production some credibility. Their parts could have been played by any number of Hollywood character actors.

I thought 'Swing vote' was a lightweight family feel-good movie, rather too US oriented to be much fun for anybody else.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny Political Parody June 23 2010
By W. Easley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
"Swing Vote" is a delightful parody of the American political system. If the viewer can put aside their credulity - their sense of the logical - this film can be humorous and generally entertaining.

Kevin Costner plays the part of Bud Johnson, a man who mostly drifts mentally, and
simply does not care about politics and current affairs. Bud is sort of a poor man's playboy.

Bud has a daughter Molly, played by Madeline Carroll, who is smart, peppy, and knows much about American government and politics. Molly is a pre-teen who has a serious sense of public responsibility. Molly cares for her wayward father since her mother left when she was very young.

A Presidential election occurs and, Molly sneaks into the voting booth and signs a voter card for her father after he fails to arrive at the voting station before closing time.
Then, when the election results are counted they yield a perfect tie with one unfinished ballot that did not vote for the federal offices due to a power outage. The one vote to break the tie has Bud's name on it. He, alone, will determine the next president.

When the news becomes public, news media, lobbyists, politicians, and curious voters descend on Bud's home town like a plague of locust. Into that mess, both Precedential candidates and their staff come to seek an audience with Bud to get his vote.

The scenes are a riot. Pressure groups and politicians come prepared to offer Bud anything he desires in exchange for his vote. The interaction of the many organizations is very funny and educational. This part of the film is a must see for anyone interested in politics .

I highly recommend "Swing Vote". It is a fun movie.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Portrayal of Americans? Feb. 22 2009
By TDM - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Swing Vote surprised me, it was actually a decently entertaining movie. I thought it was as well written as it could have been for a movie that is somewhat limited in the direction it could take. There were laugh out loud moments and other moments of pure corniness. Kevin Costner plays a great Drunk and uniformed father but I thought the special role was played by his co star on screen daughter.

The movie fell short in some areas:

#1 once again the portrayal of American politicians whether democrat or republican was harsh and phony. How stupid can we make our president look?.

#2 This would have been better if they cut out the swear words and made it into more of a PG family film. It was right in that gray area where I wouldn't want young kids to watch but it could have been a great movie if they hadn't tried to make it more of an adult hit.

#3 If they actually wanted to make this movie more for adults then they didn't go far enough and they made every single character except for the daughter look too stupid to even live life. Or was that the point?

#4 Personally the way the movie sums up is a little rough. But that is for you to decide.

Overall will you enjoy this movie? Yeah I think so but it could have been better and I think you will wish the same thing? Is it better than a lot of movies out there? Yes so it isn't a complete life waster. Just warning you though it is somewhat enjoyable you will probably wish for changes by the end.
17 of 23 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars One clever idea turned into a long, predictable movie Jan. 9 2009
By GeValero - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
If you enjoy 2 hours of Kevin Costner acting like a slob and 2 minutes (at the very end) of his heroic customary speeches in which his voice cracks down while defending his less fortunate fellow men, well, this is the movie for you. Personally I found this very similar to ARTHUR in which the prospect of watching the part of a stupid drunk for a long time gets more and more annoying. I also had a hard time buying his wholesome daughter and after watching her Mom and Dad it becomes impossible to understand how she could turn out that wonderful. The movie itself is all one clever idea with very mediocre dialogue, flat jokes and lacking any surprises.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars 90 minutes of yawns followed by an OK speech May 24 2009
By T. Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
I fell asleep a couple times during this movie because it was so boring. Kevin Costner's acting was less than stellar. The girl was OK but the movie was too boring for me to care. It all felt completely contrived. There was no depth to anything in the movie either, except for the final speech which was the only 2 minutes of the movie worth watching.

Really the whole message of that speech is that Americans (yes Kevin represents most of us) are lazy, ignorant, selfish people who deserve the politicians that we put in office with our ignorance and falling for their manipulative advertisements. After I gave it a little thought, I find this highly offensive.

Regardless, the movie was boring, bland, predictable, and I wish I had not wasted my time watching it. It's not HORRIBLE it's just not good.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding movie with one major problem Feb. 8 2014
By Gamaliel Isaac - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
This is a very clever movie. It considers what would happen if the man chosen to be president depended on the vote of one man. It asks the question of how far politicians would go to win the vote of that one man. It is very good and showing how politicians can make beautiful rhetoric to defend any position.
The problem with this movie is that it suffers from left wing political correctness. The incumbent is the Republican and his advisor tells him in the movie to have tough Aryan looking people at the polls to scare away the Jews. There was an incident in real life where tough looking people scared away voters, that occurred in Philadelphia on Election Day 2008 when two Black Panthers in paramilitary garb stood by a polling place. One of them,brandished a nightstick at the entrance and pointed it at voters and both made racial threats. Mr. Bull says he heard one yell "You are about to be ruled by the black man, cracker!"
The movie makers didn't want to show such politically incorrect truths so they changed it into Republicans threatening Jews. Unfortunately this type of politically correct shifting of blame is very common in Hollywood, terrorists in movies for example are never Muslim.
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