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
The picture premiered in a U.S. Presidential election year, the race being between Republican incumbent president George W. Bush and Democratic Party candidate and later Secretary of State Senator John Kerry. The movie debuted stateside in February of that year with the American federal election being held later in November. See more »
The President points out a meteor to Sally as he is walking her to her door. However it is raining (and thus cloudy) and would be impossible to see. See more »
[Sound of flushing of a toilet at Monroe Cole's house; Handy Harrison emerges out of the bathroom in front of astounded ex-president]
I'm all done in here.
[Realizing that was double-entendre]
I mean, I'm done fixing it.
That flashing you heard - that's work-related, not personal.
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Donald Petrie's political comedy is spot-on for me, i mean its not an amazing social commentary or anything, but it provides some good laughs, good performances, decent story and plot. I liked Schulman's wit some of the dialogues were pretty funny and Petrie's direction suited the comedic manner in which this film was intended for. Hackman was very good while Romano was not bad either much better here than Grilled, meanwhile Marcia Gay Harden, Fred Savage and Rip Torn were also pretty good. Overall a decent comedy, solid film, no complaints here, should have a higher overall IMDb rating in my opinion.-- IMDb rating: 5.3, my rating: 8/10
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