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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Costner ... Bud Johnson
Madeline Carroll ... Molly Johnson
Paula Patton ... Kate Madison
Kelsey Grammer ... President Andrew Boone
Dennis Hopper ... Donald Greenleaf
Nathan Lane ... Art Crumb
Stanley Tucci ... Martin Fox
George Lopez ... John Sweeney
Judge Reinhold ... Walter
Charles Esten ... Lewis (as Charles 'Chip' Esten)
Richard Petty ... Richard Petty
Willie Nelson ... Willie Nelson
Mare Winningham ... Larissa Johnson
Mark Moses ... Attorney General Wyatt
Nana Visitor ... Galena Greenleaf
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Storyline

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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Hey, America, This Guy's for You See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated PG-13 for language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 August 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Un papá muy poderoso See more »

Filming Locations:

New Mexico, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$21,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,230,669, 3 August 2008, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$16,284,360, 12 October 2008
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Madeline Carroll received an 'introducing' credit even though Carroll had appeared in at least three other feature films prior to this cinema movie: When a Stranger Calls (2006), Resident Evil: Extinction (2007), and The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (2006). See more »

Goofs

Schools are closed on election day but Molly's school is clearly shown to be in session that day. See more »

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[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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"and introducing Madeline Carroll" See more »

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Referenced in Parks and Recreation: Swing Vote (2013) See more »

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Carry On
Written by Stephen Stills
Performed by Crosby Stills Nash & Young (as Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young)
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Music Group Flim & TV Licensing
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entertaining although not plausible
2 August 2009 | by MLDinTNSee 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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