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Welcome to Mooseport (2004)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  20 February 2004 (USA)
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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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This town isn't small enough for the both of them.

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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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20 February 2004 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$26,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$6,775,132 (USA) (20 February 2004)

Gross:

$14,469,428 (USA) (7 May 2004)
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Mooseport is actually Port Perry, Ontario. See more »

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When Grace comes to the former president to tell him of her feelings, the shot looking at him (from her perspective) shows it to be almost sunset with a very orange sky. When looking back to her (from his perspective) the sky is very blue. See more »

Quotes

Sally Mannis: What does it matter what color my underwear are?
Handy Harrison: It's an unconscious indicator of your subconscious intentions.
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Referenced in King of the Hill: Stressed for Success (2004) See more »

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For He's a Jolly Good Fellow
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a nice political comedy
31 December 2004 | by (TN) – See all my reviews

While not laugh out loud funny, this movie was entertaining and amusing. Gene Hackman played the best character, a popular ex-President who moves to his vacation home only to find himself running for mayor. His character is very stereo-typical of what people think of politicians being, which is a good thing. When making speeches, he says what the audience wants to hear, he tries to dig up dirt on the opponent, etc... And Ray Romano is the opponent, Handy who everyone in town knows. He doesn't like to take risks and isn't opinionated. He's been dating Sally for six years, but hasn't popped the question.

Not only do the two run for mayor, they also but heads over Sally. The recently divorced President asks Sally out and she accepts. Of course, his people call the press and they are hounded by cameras. The Pres starts losing book deals and speech tours, so he wants to step down from running but doesn't want it to look like he got beat by his plumber. And the race ends in the happiest way possible.

Some of my favorite scenes were the president's golf game, the ex-first lady calling out the secret service in the woods who are there to throw golf balls for the president. Fred SAvage and his line of sight with the pres; the architect who keeps having to shrink the model of the presidential library. A lot of the political humor was just tongue in cheek.

FINAL VERDICT: I liked it. At least the plot made sense and it was amusing, which is more than I can say for a lot of movies now days. So, if you are looking for some entertainment, I recommend it.


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