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Swing Vote (2008)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  1 August 2008 (USA)
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In a remarkable turn-of-events, the result of the presidential election comes down to one man's vote.

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November, 2004, New Mexico. Bud is a slacker with one good thing in his life, his engaging fifth-grade daughter Molly. On election day, Bud is supposed to meet her at the polling place. When he doesn't show, she sneaks a ballot and is about to vote when the power goes off. It turns out that New Mexico's electoral votes will decide the contest, and there it's tied with one vote needing recasting - Bud's. The world's media and both presidential candidates, including the current President, descend on Bud in anticipation of his re-vote in two weeks. Can the clueless Bud, even with the help of Molly and a local TV reporter, handle this responsibility? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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One ordinary guy is giving the candidates a reason to run.

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated PG-13 for language | See all certifications »

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1 August 2008 (USA)  »

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$21,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$6,230,669 (USA) (1 August 2008)

Gross:

$16,284,360 (USA) (10 October 2008)
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An unofficial remake of El disputado voto del señor Cayo (1986). See more »

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When the election officials visit Bud and Molly for the second time, Bud asks if they can move the news people further back, because they did't get much sleep the night before. One of the election officials turns and signals the agent with ear piece standing behind them to go sort it out. As he walks off, he lifts his left sleeve to speak into the microphone, then quickly switches to his right sleeve once he realizes his mistake. See more »

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Radio Announcer: After a hotly contested race Americans go to the polls today for what promises to be a very close election. The Republican incumbent Andrew Carrington is hoping to hold on to the Oval Office, taking on Democratic challenger...
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"and introducing Madeline Carroll" See more »

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References Larry King Live (1985) See more »

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Take the Highway
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entertaining although not plausible
2 August 2009 | by (TN) – See all my reviews

Kevin Costner was actually in another decent movie. His last movie I saw, Mr. Brooks, was pretty good also. I would call this movie a political satire, that tries to be a little funny at times. However, the idea that one guy determines the presidential election is absurd, but if you can get past that, then the plot is OK. It was funny how the movie had the political parties doing adds for things they oppose. Example, the democrats supporting pro life because Bud says he's pro life.

The plot is struggling, every day man, Bud Johnson, just got laid off. He has a very smart daughter and she cares about the presidential election. Bud promises to vote since Molly thinks it's important. But, when he doesn't show, Molly votes in his place but the power goes out and the vote didn't count. The election comes down to New Mexico and for some reason, not told in the movie, Bud's vote will decide the electoral votes. I mean, how could the votes be even for each side and even if they were very close, how many months would it take for all the recounts that would take place. But any way, it's up to Bud, whom doesn't care about politics. He becomes an instant celebrity and is courted by both candidates. By the end of the film, Bud grows an appreciation for the political scene and realizes that it is important to care about social issues.

FINAL VERDICT: Funnier than I thought and provides a message. Plus, the movie doesn't try to say that one party is better than the other.


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