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PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 20 February 2004 (USA)
A US president who has retired after two terms in office returns to his hometown of Mooseport, Maine and decides to run for Mayor against another local candidate.

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Monroe "Eagle" Cole is a former U.S. President ready to settle into a quaint little town named Mooseport. He's ready to take in the lion's share of endorsement deals and speaking engagements while developing his own presidential library. Meanwhile, Handy Harrison is a local hardware store owner with a girlfriend ready to throw in the towel on their relationship. Just as Monroe is offered the local mayor's position, he's found an unlikely opponent in Handy. But ultimately, both men have a lot to lose when the stakes are raised and a simple competition turns into an all out war. Written by mystic80

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May the best man lose. See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for some brief sexual comments and nudity | See all certifications »

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Budget:

$26,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$6,775,132 (USA) (22 February 2004)

Gross:

$14,469,428 (USA) (9 May 2004)
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When the town elders ask former American President Monroe Cole (Gene Hackman) to be mayor, the picture on the wall of the previous mayor is David Chapman, the movie's production designer. See more »

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When the President picks up a knife to study in the hardware store, reflections of the camera man and crew are visible. See more »

Quotes

Sally Mannis: Are you doing the plumbing for the whole town now?
Handy Harrison: No I came to see you.
Sally Mannis: Through the drain?
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For He's a Jolly Good Fellow
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Politics...with some humour.
1 August 2006 | by (Singapore) – See all my reviews

I somehow do not get it why some don't really like this. I mean, it's meant to be a comedy. Anyone living in a small town will kind of relate to this. I may be coming from someone growing up in an urban environment, but all the excitement of someone famous coming to live in a town is always so fun and surreal.

Monroe 'Eagle' Cole (Gene Hackman) had served two successful terms as the president. All he wanted to do is to enjoy his retirement. But his arrival to his hometown of Mooseport had caused some spectacle of sorts.

The last thing on Monroe's mind is to run for Mayor but then he was being persuaded by the local authorities to be one. But then he also had an opponent and it's in the form of local resident Handy Harrison (Ray Romano).

What was meant to be a fair fight for the mayor position had led to an all-out war of sorts, given the ex-president is meeting Handy's girlfriend Sally (Maura Tierney). It was meant to be a casual meeting between Monroe and Sally about discussing about having a pet, but the media had made it into a spectacle. Also around the same time, the former first lady Charlotte Cole (Christine Baranski) had shown up in Mooseport to support Handy to be the mayor.

On the polling day, it was quite a close fight. In fact, very close. It was like no surprise who won in the end.

My knowledge of small-town politics is not that wide, but then I am aware of the humour being thrown into it.

It's meant to be a fun movie, and nothing else. I do kind of like it.


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