Swing Vote Movie Reviews

Swing Vote

Swing Vote

Release Date: Aug 01, 2008

Genre: Comedy

Rating: (PG-13)

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  • 4
    I didnt have high expectations but i thought the movie was great-hilarious ! The filming isnt the best but for a movie coming from Kevin Costner I was shocked that that was the only thing wrong with the movie. Take my advice and see it!
  • 3
    Very simple yet, provocative movie. The plot of one man being the deciding factor for the Presidency is a little far fetched, but with they way the two previous elections went... it\'s hard to say. this is a great example of what politicians will do for a vote. The movie made a good move by not taking either side of political affiliation. Kevin\'s character performance is very likable. Paula Patton, is proof of future stardom!!
  • 3
    This movie surprisingly held my interest. Costner was, refreshingly, a very BELIEVABLE dead-beat dad and although I appreciated his acting ability, I would have appreciated him more without the continuous cursing. The movie is patriotic in a humorous way and it does make you think.
  • 3
    Both Barack Obama and John McCain should see Swing Vote. This timely comedy about presidential elections might help them understand how ridiculous pandering to voters during a campaign looks, especially in our age of mass communications gone wild. And I wouldn’t be surprised if they'd get a kick out of Kelsey Grammer and Dennis Hopper’s humorous performances as two opposing candidates vying for the support of one man after a bizarre set of circ**stances makes his vote the deciding one in the election. Who is this person holding the fate of the nation in his hands? None other than Bud Johnson (Kevin Costner), who just happens to be a disheveled, uninformed, beer-drinking slacker. In fact, Bud’s only saving grace is his very smart and civically savvy 12-year-old daughter Molly (Madeline Carroll). Watching these two for only a few minutes makes it clear the parent/child relationship is reversed in their case. Molly wakes Bud up in the morning, leaves notes reminding him what not to forget during the day and chastises him frequently about his foul language and lack of motivation. She’s even gone so far as to register him for the upcoming election and to make him promise he’ll show up to cast his vote. But it’s Molly herself who ends up sneaking into the voting booth when Bud fails to appear at his scheduled time. Unfortunately, something goes wrong with the power, and “Bud’s” vote is not completed. Of course, Bud can’t expose his daughter’s action, so he becomes the man of the hour. The election is a tie, and he must vote again to decide the winner. And that’s when the fun begins! Presid ent Andrew Boone (Grammer) and opposition candidate Daniel Greenleaf (Hopper) put all their energies into obtaining Bud’s vote. They change their positions as often as Paris Hilton dons fashionable new outfits. Their campaign managers (Stanley Tucci and Nathan Lane) kow-tow to Bud’s every whim. And the media goes crazy over Bud. Because of so much publicity, Bud receives letters from people all over America asking him to help them. Who answers those letters? Molly, naturally, even though she’s unhappy with Bud’s frivolous reaction to all the attention he’s getting. Despite an emphasis on comedy, Swing Vote uses its political backdrop to explore a troubled father/daughter relationship. Fortunately, Costner (Mr. Brooks) and Carroll (the White Queen in Resident Evil: Extinction) deliver amazing performances as Bud and Molly here. Both actors manage to show how much their characters care for each other, no matter how often they argue. It’s amusing to watch so many of their combative conversations end with each one saying, “Fine!” It’s also a treat to see the changes in Costner’s “Bud” as he begins to realize the seriousness of his situation. But the biggest “wow” factor in Swing Vote involves Madeline Carroll’s impressive screen presence. She’s a power to be reckoned with, so watch your backs, Abigail Breslin and Dakota Fanning! Also, lovely Paula Patton, playing a sensitive TV reporter who admires Molly, reinforces the star potential she displayed in Déjà vu. My only criticism of this film relates to a totally depressing scene in which Molly visits her drug addict mother (the usually wonderful Mare Winningham). It seems to belong in another movie entirely. Besides being entertaining, Swing Vote reminds us of how important it is to carry out both our personal and civic responsibilitie s. The timing of the film's release couldn’t be better, for many viewers are now trying to decide not only whether or not to vote in the upcoming 2008 presidential election -- but also which candidate deserves their support.
  • 4
    I can see why It was rated PG-13. Kevin Costner used a lot of square words. There was a lot of political comedy In It but It had a good point. Madeline Carroll who played Molly should get nominated for an Oscar. I give Swing Vote 4 stars.
  • 3
    The movie was surprisingly bi-partasan and did not favor one political side over another despite having liberal actor Kevin Costner in it. If your in to politics its a good movie to see. It just barely gets 3 stars in my book.

    The movie is based off a redneck who lives in a seemingly unknown town on the border of Texas and New Mexico. Bud is a drunkard who has recentlty lost his job at an egg factory. His daughter on the other hand is an intelegent youth living with her devorced father. She votes in place of his father who is late to pick her up when the janitors working at the voting booth unplug the voting machine and so the vote doesnt count. The next day the feds show up at his house and require him to revote. Over the next 10 days Bud expresses his personal veiws whitch send the two political candidates in a frenzy and makes them change their stances.

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