Swing Vote - BD [Blu-ray]
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One Ordinary Guy Is Giving The Candidates A Reason To Run. Kevin Costner (The Guardian) stars in Swing Vote, as Bud Johnson as an ordinary dad drifting through life, caring about nothing except his overachieving daughter Molly. Trying to encourage him to get involved, Molly accidentally sets off a chain of events on Election Day that ends with the presidential race coming down to one vote-Bud's.
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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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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.
It begins with Molly (beautifully played by Madeline Carroll), a civically-intelligent young adolescent, giving her class a speech regarding the upcoming election. That night, she is meeting her father at the polling station. Unfortunately, Bud (in a mediocre performance by Kevin Costner) is a slacking, ignorant, ineducable man incapable of holding down the simplest job...and, oh, yes, a drunkard. He fails to show up and she finds him in a drunken stupor in his truck. Completely let down by him, Molly sneaks into the nearby voting station to vote in his place. Unfortunately, the power goes out just before the computer could record "his" vote.
The outrageousness is in the next part, where the vote is so close that one more vote is all that is needed to break the tie and allow the current incumbent, Andrew Boone, remain in office (Kelsey Grammer, who turns in an uninspired performance) or turn the country over to the fireball Donald Greenleaf (in a delightfully fun role by Dennis Hopper). While Bud is barely understanding of anything remotely connect with politics or today's social issues, he is suddenly in the middle of a media vrenzy as the computer for the voting system spits out his name as the final person to cast a ballot: a ballot HE never cast.
Suddenly, Bud is the hottest ticket in their tiny, unknown town, a national figure, now that the news has found him. Both the President and the candidate show up, with lures designed solely for Bud, such as Richard Petty and Willie Nelson. Both try to convince the ever-useless Bud to vote for him, and attempt to dangle issues that directly affect him either socially or monetarily. As the two fight for his vote, he gets into trouble when speaking reporters who are wholly unaware of just how, well, painfully stupid he is, ask him questions about subjects he does not grasp at all. When he states that he is pro-life, not realising that the term applies to foetuses, not being "in favour of living", the candidate, Mr. Greenleaf, who supports a pro-choice platform, finds himself convinced by his manager (the ever-wonderful Nathan Lane) filming a commercial favouring a pro-life platform. The President, who is clearly a conservative, is conned into making an advertisement praising undeveloped land after Bud confides in him that a nearby fishing area may be dozed over for putting up a building. As the candidates see themselves turning their backs on their own beliefs in effort to earn this one man's vote they are learning just what this fighting may truly get them.
The outcome at the very end is amusing. The messages in the film are obvious. The actors are a good mix, but the role of Bud could have been done so much better, and Costner's performance was quite lacklustre. The scene with Molly's mother would have been better just a reference than actually filming it; the support cast, along with Madeline's part as Molly were all quite delightful. It is worth it to see it once.
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.
While the Blu-ray touts high def (HD) picture and sound, the picture quality is nice but not much more than that as unfortunately there is just not much impressive scenery throughout the film to really wow the audience with. What is there looks nice, and there are a couple of what could be called scenic shots, but much of the film takes place indoors and/or is compromised of a bunch of close-up shots of the characters that really drive the film.
The story itself is cute but quite predictable election and family relationship comedy with Kevin Costner and Madeline Carroll. Costner plays the part of a bum that is nicknamed Bud, about to lose his job because he takes too much sick time and can't seem to stay sober enough to get to work on time and/or not make a mess by accident. Getting to work shouldn't be that difficult as his daughter Molly (Madeline Carroll) serves more as his guardian rather than the other way around. Unfortunately, like Bud's work habits, his parenting skills are quite poor and it leaves Molly repeatedly disappointed in his efforts or lack there of.
One of those disappointments comes when Molly is working on a school project that involves watching Bud practice his civic responsibility by voting in the national election. Bud winds up drinking himself into a stupor when he's supposed to meet Molly at the polling place, and Molly takes matters into her own hands (again) and sneaks into the polling place and actual voting booth to register Bud's vote for him. As things turn out the vote is never registered thanks to an error with the voting machine, yet Molly still has the receipt for the ballot. Things go more than a little crazy from there when we learn that the election is a dead heat with the state of New Mexico up for grabs, the same state that (coincidentally) Molly and Bud live in. It seems that even within the county that Bud lives in there's a dead heat, so Bud's 'one vote' must be cast to determine who the next President of the United States will be.
Over the course of the nearly 2 hour running length we see Molly and Bud's relationship warts and all, and we might, just might, also see some growth from Bud as his 15 minutes of fame starts to flame out leaving his friends disappointed and jealous. What makes the film a bit more fun is that viewers are treated to a total lampooning of both of the political parties and their sacred platforms. In the effort to win the one all important vote the political operatives and candidates from those parties (played primarily by Stanley Tucci, Nathan Lane, Kelsey Grammer and Dennis Hopper) make promises to Bud and steal issues from each others sides so they can demonstrate to Bud why he needs to vote for their side.
Sadly, while I found the film enjoyable, I don't think it would hold up to multiple viewings and therefore rates more of a 'rent it' rating from me rather than a buy it.
Family viewers should be warned that Bud's language is coarse and could be objectionable. Consider the PG-13 rating well deserved.