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Welcome To Mooseport (Widescreen Edition) (2004)

Gene Hackman , Ray Romano , Donald Petrie  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Gene Hackman, Ray Romano, Maura Tierney, Marcia Gay Harden, Christine Baranski
  • Directors: Donald Petrie
  • Writers: Doug Richardson, Tom Schulman
  • Producers: Basil Iwanyk, David Coatsworth, David Holden, Doug Richardson, Marc Frydman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: May 25, 2004
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JMWJ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #245,277 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Welcome To Mooseport (Widescreen Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Director's commentary
  • 6 deleted scenes with optional director's commentary
  • Outtake reel
  • Soova Commerical
  • 2 easter eggs

Editorial Reviews

Cast your ballot for big laughs when Gene Hackman and Ray Romano find themselves in a hilariously heated race for mayor of Mooseport, Maine. A local plumber (Romano) is plunged into the national spotlight when he takes on the former President of the United States (Hackman), who can't believe he's running against the man installing his toilets! To make matters worse, the ex-prez is trying to steal the election -- and the affection of the handyman's girlfriend (Maura Tierney). Whoever wins, one thing's for sure: this town isn't small enough for the both of them!

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to Mooseport (2004) May 30, 2004
Director: Donald Petrie
Cast: Gene Hackman, Ray Romano, Marcia Gay Harden, Maura Tierney, Christine Baranski, Fred Savage, Rip Torn.
Running Time: 115 minutes.
Rated PG-13 for some language and gross elderly nudity (just an old man's behind).
"Welcome to Mooseport" has enough charm and some quirky moments to make those who are fans of Ray Romano's "Everybody Loves Raymond" television show giggle somewhat, but ultimately it is caught trying to be a comedy that does not have much scripted humor and relies too much on Romano to get laughs just because of his fame. Gene Hackman is well-casted as Monroe "Eagle" Cole, one of the most famed former Presidents of the United States of America, who has moved to the small Maine town of Mooseport due to a sloppy divorce that left him without his Baltimore home. Ray Romano stars as Handy Harrison (who happens to be a handy man-go figure), a goofball that knows the ins-and-outs of the town, but does not know when to commit to his long-time girlfriend Sally (Maura Tierney).
When Mooseport's mayor suddenly passes away, "Eagle" Cole is asked to take on the assignment. He accepts, but only because of the good public press he would receive. Handy Harrison names himself a candidate as well when Cole asks Sally out for a date, leading both men into a sequence of idiosyncratic campaign stunts that involve televised mayoral debates (?) and golf matches to win over women. "Welcome to Mooseport" is a film that is enjoyable for younger teenagers and adults that grew up watching Hackman during his prime, but ultimately it is an unfunny attempt to draw on the success of "Everybody Loves Raymond". Romano is actually the weaker of the two lead stars, either because he was not given the ability to shine in a somewhat limited role, or because in reality his television show is a triumph because of his overwhelmingly talented supporting cast in the first place. An average film and that is being generous.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars More Like, "Welcome to DULLSVILLE" January 3, 2005
By Yendor
This is what one might call a "work movie" or an excercise in filmmaking. WELCOME TO MOOSEPORT has an impressive cast from Ray Romano, Gene Hackman, Marcia Gay Harden, Maura Tierney, Rip Torn, and Fred Savage. However, the plot is predictable and the characters are one-dimensional. Hackman plays ex-President of the United States, Monroe Cole. He has retired to Mooseport, Maine and is asked by the local citizenry to run for a vacated Mayor's position. Then, he finds himself running against the local hardware store/plumber owner Handy Harrison played by Ray Romano. Then, the writers throw in a lame side-plot of Cole trying to win the heart of Handy's fiance (Tierney). Handy/Romano is so likeable and low-key in the movie that he gets lost amongst the townspeople and his co-workers at his hardware store during most of the movie. Hackman as ex-President Cole has the proverbial phoned-in performance. The real stand-out comedic performance is that of Fred Savage (tv's THE WONDER YEARS) as Coles's aid, Bullard. The most striking thing about the film is that there is no bite in the script and the dialogue is very bland as is the interaction of the characters. The production values and location shots are great in capturing the small town atmosphere, but that's all. Overall, a comedy/romance film that is just a vehicle to cash in on Ray Romano's tv persona. Therefore, it plays like a made-for-tv movie, it plays it too safe, and thus is a very forgettable tax write-off 20th Century Fox.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Ray, you ruined this movie. December 29, 2004
Simply put, Mooseport is a bad movie. Far fetched, not funny, slow-paced and boring. A waste of 90 minutes of my life. This is why this movie went straight from the theaters to DVD and HBO. Ray Romano's poor acting (as "Handy" the plumber) in particular ruined the movie. Romano was dull, lifeless and easy to root against. If it was not for Gene Hackman, who as usual, does a great job, I would have quit after the first 30 minutes. If you want to check this out, I would wait until the DVD hits the 5 dollar rack at your local Wal-mart/Target.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Bland Comedy, Waste of Talented Actors November 18, 2006
A former US President Monroe Cole (played by two-time Oscar winner Gene Hackman) decides to live in a small town of Mooseport, where he runs for mayor just to impress a beautiful vet Sally (Maura Tierney) he happened to meet. Watching this, a good-natured and timid local plumber (Ray Romano) also runs for mayor against the former President of United Sates, and with this silly competition among the unique townspeople of this small town things are going to get funnier and funnier, crazier and crazier... or, maybe not.

Sorry, but in "Welcome to Mooseport" things just remain bland for the most of the part. Surely there are some funny moments, thanks to Hackman, Rip Torn, and Marcia Gay Harden. Their first dinner scene of Monroe and Sally and the results broadcast live is one of such moments, but mostly you have to sit through the film watching good actors' talent wasted because of the lack of direction.

If the film's story or scenes had been more outlandish or more satirical, socially or politically, it could have succeeded in making us laugh or chuckle more. But what is worse is Ray Romano who could not hold his own before Gene Hackman in comic acting (or acting in general). This unlikely combination of Oscar winner and comedian would have worked with better acting or chemistry.

This film is directed by Donald Petrie, who did a better job in `Miss Congeniality' with Sandra Bullock, whose delightful comic interaction with supports especially Michael Caine is totally missing here. The characters provide one-liners, but most of them fall flat; and when the townspeople's eccentricity is represented by a naked old man running in the street (and other people talking with him as if it is nothing), what can I do?
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Quirky but I still like it.
Published 1 month ago by seat mission
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute and funny movie. Just sit back and eat your popcorn ...
Cute and funny movie. Just sit back and eat your popcorn and enjoy
Published 2 months ago by Denise Fronko
5.0 out of 5 stars This was such a funny movie! Typical Raymond
This was such a funny movie! Typical Raymond! I love the actors--especially Ray Romano and Gene Hackman. Anne Haney did a perfect job too. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Anne B. Hane
4.0 out of 5 stars This is just a nice, low key humerous movie that I have watched ...
This is just a nice, low key humerous movie that I have watched a few times, and still enjoyed each time.
Published 2 months ago by phcfamily
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome To MoosePort
I enjoyed this comedy very much.
Published 3 months ago by Peter J. Vogel
1.0 out of 5 stars Really?
Really, Gene Hackman is willing to go out on this bad note of a film. He can't spare six more months to make up for this. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Philip Scholz
2.0 out of 5 stars Love Ray Romano, But This Movie Just Isn't Good
Welcome To Mooseport is a occasionally mildly amusing, but bland and forgettable comedy.

I'm a fan of Ray Ramano and he did a good job in his role, but Gene Hackman's... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Zencik
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great performance by Mr. Hackman
An under-rated movie. Gene Hackman is compelling as ever. Great fun. Ray Romano is believable as a lovable, but boring small town plumber/hardware man. It's great fun.
Published 7 months ago by J. Chris Sackellares
5.0 out of 5 stars Want a good laugh
The name should have been "Moosehead, Maine", as a former Maniac I can relate to the going on in a small town depicted in the movie..... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Rosemary
4.0 out of 5 stars Movie Snob likes this movie
I don't usually by DVDs unless I plan to keep them.
I actually went out of my way to purchase this DVD. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Matty
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