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
First live-action theatrical feature film of actor Ray Romano who apart from shorts and television had only done voice work in a cinema movie which was the animated Ice Age (2002). See more »
When Handy and the President are playing golf for Sally, the President says "I'll take a seven", referring to how many strokes it took him to get the ball in the hole. Handy replies "actually, it's 15" but his lips are clearly saying "14". This happens again, in a close up, after Handy describes each of the president's strokes. See more »
Ray Romano makes the bold first step into feature films and judging by this films gross and other reviews it looks like his foot got burned.
This film is an enjoyable enough piece with a few good laughs and a decent story. Romano and Hackman work well together and Fred Savage is good as the Presidents aide.
It just lacks that killer punch that Romanos sitcom has and the jokes don't run as fluently as they could. Romanos character is so similar to his sitcom character that we are left waiting for his co-stars on the show to appear. Sadly they do not
Romano is a charming and funny guy and his charm carries the film and it is only when he is not on screen the film that the film really starts to flag. With the right script Romano could still have a film career but I think if he's waiting for the script for "Welcome Back to Mooseport" to come through his letterbox he could be waiting a long time.
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