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
When the president is moving into his house at Mooseport, the movers carry in a painting of Mount Rushmore. There are five faces on the mountain, it appears that the fifth is a likeness of President Monroe Cole (Gene Hackman). See more »
Sally brings a box of Handy's stuff over to him when she's breaking up with him (her friend is driving). As she gets in the truck to leave and pulls the door closed, a crewmember holding a bounce card is reflected in the door. See more »
I somehow do not get it why some don't really like this. I mean, it's meant to be a comedy. Anyone living in a small town will kind of relate to this. I may be coming from someone growing up in an urban environment, but all the excitement of someone famous coming to live in a town is always so fun and surreal.
Monroe 'Eagle' Cole (Gene Hackman) had served two successful terms as the president. All he wanted to do is to enjoy his retirement. But his arrival to his hometown of Mooseport had caused some spectacle of sorts.
The last thing on Monroe's mind is to run for Mayor but then he was being persuaded by the local authorities to be one. But then he also had an opponent and it's in the form of local resident Handy Harrison (Ray Romano).
What was meant to be a fair fight for the mayor position had led to an all-out war of sorts, given the ex-president is meeting Handy's girlfriend Sally (Maura Tierney). It was meant to be a casual meeting between Monroe and Sally about discussing about having a pet, but the media had made it into a spectacle. Also around the same time, the former first lady Charlotte Cole (Christine Baranski) had shown up in Mooseport to support Handy to be the mayor.
On the polling day, it was quite a close fight. In fact, very close. It was like no surprise who won in the end.
My knowledge of small-town politics is not that wide, but then I am aware of the humour being thrown into it.
It's meant to be a fun movie, and nothing else. I do kind of like it.
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