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Swing Vote [Blu-ray] (2008)

Kevin Costner , Madeline Carroll , Joshua Michael Stern  |  PG-13 |  Blu-ray
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kevin Costner, Madeline Carroll, Kelsey Grammer, Dennis Hopper, Nathan Lane
  • Directors: Joshua Michael Stern
  • Format: AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • DVD Release Date: January 13, 2009
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #155,217 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Swing Vote [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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The ghost of Frank Capra is summoned up in Swing Vote, a populist comedy about the U.S. presidential election--because of an electoral deadlock--coming down to one man, one vote. Alarmingly (for the future of the world), that one man is Bud Johnson (Kevin Costner), a beer-swilling, newly-unemployed divorced dad in Texico, New Mexico. Bud's got a week to re-cast his flawed ballot, so the entire election process--including the two candidates, played by Kelsey Grammer and Dennis Hopper--descends on Texico for an orgy of campaign flapdoodle. Costner tries hard (probably too hard) to be the irresponsible good ol' boy, the kind of role he used to be able to handle with ease; by contrast, the composed Madeline Carroll, as his Little Miss Sunshiny daughter, comes off as a model of naturalism. Except for some pointed commercials, in which the candidates sell out their values to appeal to Bud's whimsical opinions on issues such as abortion and gay marriage, the movie's political bite is remarkably toothless. Both Stanley Tucci and Nathan Lane are in the groove as cutthroat campaign managers, and the movie is jolted out of its beery idle with a late one-scene performance by Mare Winningham. There's an interesting film trying to climb out of Swing Vote, but it needs Frank Capra to kick it into shape. --Robert Horton

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DESCRIPTION: Kevin Costner stars in the hilarious timely comedy Swing Vote as Bud Johnson, an Average Joe, who is coasting through life with the help of Molly, his wise-beyond-her-years daughter. In a remarkable turn-of-events, the result of the presidential election comes down to his vote. Costner is joined by a brilliant all-star cast including Dennis Hopper, Kelsey Grammer, Nathan Lane, Stanley Tucci and George Lopez who will stop at nothing to win over the vote of the man who holds the fate of the free word.
Make your vote count and bring home Swing Vote on DVD and Blu-ray Hi-Def January 13, 2009

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny Political Parody June 23, 2010
"Swing Vote" is a delightful parody of the American political system. If the viewer can put aside their credulity - their sense of the logical - this film can be humorous and generally entertaining.

Kevin Costner plays the part of Bud Johnson, a man who mostly drifts mentally, and
simply does not care about politics and current affairs. Bud is sort of a poor man's playboy.

Bud has a daughter Molly, played by Madeline Carroll, who is smart, peppy, and knows much about American government and politics. Molly is a pre-teen who has a serious sense of public responsibility. Molly cares for her wayward father since her mother left when she was very young.

A Presidential election occurs and, Molly sneaks into the voting booth and signs a voter card for her father after he fails to arrive at the voting station before closing time.
Then, when the election results are counted they yield a perfect tie with one unfinished ballot that did not vote for the federal offices due to a power outage. The one vote to break the tie has Bud's name on it. He, alone, will determine the next president.

When the news becomes public, news media, lobbyists, politicians, and curious voters descend on Bud's home town like a plague of locust. Into that mess, both Precedential candidates and their staff come to seek an audience with Bud to get his vote.

The scenes are a riot. Pressure groups and politicians come prepared to offer Bud anything he desires in exchange for his vote. The interaction of the many organizations is very funny and educational. This part of the film is a must see for anyone interested in politics .

I highly recommend "Swing Vote". It is a fun movie.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Portrayal of Americans? February 22, 2009
Swing Vote surprised me, it was actually a decently entertaining movie. I thought it was as well written as it could have been for a movie that is somewhat limited in the direction it could take. There were laugh out loud moments and other moments of pure corniness. Kevin Costner plays a great Drunk and uniformed father but I thought the special role was played by his co star on screen daughter.

The movie fell short in some areas:

#1 once again the portrayal of American politicians whether democrat or republican was harsh and phony. How stupid can we make our president look?.

#2 This would have been better if they cut out the swear words and made it into more of a PG family film. It was right in that gray area where I wouldn't want young kids to watch but it could have been a great movie if they hadn't tried to make it more of an adult hit.

#3 If they actually wanted to make this movie more for adults then they didn't go far enough and they made every single character except for the daughter look too stupid to even live life. Or was that the point?

#4 Personally the way the movie sums up is a little rough. But that is for you to decide.

Overall will you enjoy this movie? Yeah I think so but it could have been better and I think you will wish the same thing? Is it better than a lot of movies out there? Yes so it isn't a complete life waster. Just warning you though it is somewhat enjoyable you will probably wish for changes by the end.
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17 of 23 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars One clever idea turned into a long, predictable movie January 9, 2009
If you enjoy 2 hours of Kevin Costner acting like a slob and 2 minutes (at the very end) of his heroic customary speeches in which his voice cracks down while defending his less fortunate fellow men, well, this is the movie for you. Personally I found this very similar to ARTHUR in which the prospect of watching the part of a stupid drunk for a long time gets more and more annoying. I also had a hard time buying his wholesome daughter and after watching her Mom and Dad it becomes impossible to understand how she could turn out that wonderful. The movie itself is all one clever idea with very mediocre dialogue, flat jokes and lacking any surprises.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars 90 minutes of yawns followed by an OK speech May 24, 2009
I fell asleep a couple times during this movie because it was so boring. Kevin Costner's acting was less than stellar. The girl was OK but the movie was too boring for me to care. It all felt completely contrived. There was no depth to anything in the movie either, except for the final speech which was the only 2 minutes of the movie worth watching.

Really the whole message of that speech is that Americans (yes Kevin represents most of us) are lazy, ignorant, selfish people who deserve the politicians that we put in office with our ignorance and falling for their manipulative advertisements. After I gave it a little thought, I find this highly offensive.

Regardless, the movie was boring, bland, predictable, and I wish I had not wasted my time watching it. It's not HORRIBLE it's just not good.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding movie with one major problem February 8, 2014
This is a very clever movie. It considers what would happen if the man chosen to be president depended on the vote of one man. It asks the question of how far politicians would go to win the vote of that one man. It is very good and showing how politicians can make beautiful rhetoric to defend any position.
The problem with this movie is that it suffers from left wing political correctness. The incumbent is the Republican and his advisor tells him in the movie to have tough Aryan looking people at the polls to scare away the Jews. There was an incident in real life where tough looking people scared away voters, that occurred in Philadelphia on Election Day 2008 when two Black Panthers in paramilitary garb stood by a polling place. One of them,brandished a nightstick at the entrance and pointed it at voters and both made racial threats. Mr. Bull says he heard one yell "You are about to be ruled by the black man, cracker!"
The movie makers didn't want to show such politically incorrect truths so they changed it into Republicans threatening Jews. Unfortunately this type of politically correct shifting of blame is very common in Hollywood, terrorists in movies for example are never Muslim.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 1 month ago by Tinker05
4.0 out of 5 stars And the winner is...
A clueless dad is taken care of by his young daughter. When he messes up on his vote for President of the United States everything comes to a halt as the President and the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by ellison
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun Movie
Chose this movie recommended by a friend. Good acting by all but of course not very realistic. a fun movie.
Published 2 months ago by Geraldine Schaa
5.0 out of 5 stars SO MANY FEELS
I've rarely ever been touched by a performance nearly as much as I was by the many top notch actors in this film. Simply Amazing!

Published 8 months ago by Psych's #1
1.0 out of 5 stars Two more points on this horrid excuse for a film
1. In the sequel, Costner's character wonders what all the fuss was all about, as he realizes that it didn't make a damn bit of difference who won, both major parties being the... Read more
Published 11 months ago by John F. Jamele
1.0 out of 5 stars Too dumb to keep watching.
I've been a Kevin Costner fan for years but found this movie so stupid, so boring and so downright infuriating that I couldn't last for more than one hour. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Martha
4.0 out of 5 stars Silly Fun
The ONLY reason that I have included this DVD in my collection is that it was filled here in Belen, NM. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Lloyd Colson
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVED SWING VOTE
Awesome movie. I loved the story. Kevin Costner is great as always. Highly Recommend! Funny and clever. 5 stars for sure.
Published 13 months ago by ANN MCCARREY
4.0 out of 5 stars Unexpectedly good movie
I ordered this movie without many expectations of it being good, but found that it was quite enjoyable. Read more
Published 14 months ago by E. Sangiolo
2.0 out of 5 stars Where is the 1 1/2 button when you need it?
I am torn between disliking this movie and being downright angry. In many ways, this is propaganda. Read more
Published 16 months ago by June Bug
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