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Swing Vote (2008)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lewis (as Charles 'Chip' Esten)
Richard Petty


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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

1 August 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Un papá muy poderoso  »

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Box Office


$21,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$16,284,360 (USA) (10 October 2008)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Madeline Carroll received an introducing credit, although she had been in 4 other films prior to this. See more »


Air Force One is never allowed to sit idle on a runway with the President on board. See more »


[first lines]
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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Crazy Credits

"and introducing Madeline Carroll" See more »


Featured in Film 2016: Episode dated 23 September 2008 (2008) See more »


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User Reviews

Great movie for those who like old-fashioned comedy
8 August 2008 | by (Atlanta, Georgia) – See all my reviews

My son tells me that I don't understand what young people think is funny. And he's right. I'm not into cringe comedies like Borat or teen sex comedies like Superbad. So when I give Swing Vote 9 out of 10, I guess I have to limit my recommendation to those over 50. If you're too young to remember Kevin Costner's last great movie, I'm not so sure you'll like this one. You see, no one gets humiliated and you don't hear any jokes about sex or bodily functions. It's an old-fashioned comedy that my wife, my cousin and I, all near 60, loved. If you are in that age range, ignore the critics and the IMDb rating. We laughed all the way through. The editing is fast paced so that you never get bored. Some critics have criticized Swing Vote for being lightweight, but it is really more dramedy than straight comedy. There are several serious themes including divorce and civic responsibility. This is Costner's best performance in many years. And Madeline Carroll, who plays his daughter, is amazing. Watch out, Dakota Fanning and Abigail Breslin. This girl can play comedy and drama with equal aplomb. The scene where she cries in front of her class brought many to tears in our audience.

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