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Welcome To Mooseport (Widescreen Edition) (2004)

Gene Hackman , Ray Romano , Donald Petrie  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 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: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JMWJ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #210,699 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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7 of 7 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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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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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Trite! August 21, 2004
The premise is juvenile, the story line is absurd, and the characters make no sense. Any atempt at humor falls flat. A naked man jogging thorugh town every morning, an almost deaf man proposing the president but voting for the protagonist, an ex-wife who shows up out of the blue, a love-starved presidential assistant, saccharine wholsomeness . . . a waste of 2 hours.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars not funny February 12, 2005
All I wanted was a bit of humor and a bit of Maine atmosphere. This movie had neither. It was dull, unfunny,and unbelievable. My daughter and I looked at each other after 45 minutes and just said, Kill it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A LIMP OVERDRAWN SITCOM THAT'S JUST NOT FUNNY June 20, 2004
The comic firepower of "Welcome to Mooseport" sounds more like a whimper than a bang, thanks in no small measure to an instantly forgettable performance by the eternally nagging Romano. The girl-friend squabble (how novel) between Gene Hackman and Romano's characters is too dragged out and unbelievably phony. A faulty sitcom stretched into nearly two excruciating hours, almost, but that doesn't really matter as every twist and turn can be seen from a mile away. Which is sad because most of the cast has done quite well elsewhere and was just tragically frittered away on this wet noodle.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars How did this poor excuse for a movie get made?!? May 26, 2004
On Tuesdays me and my friends always rent or buy the new DVD releases that come out. THANK THE LORD we rented this one. I love Gene Hackman, but even ol' Gene couldn't save this one. Definitely one of the worse rentals I have seen this year. I would reccomend you stay away from Mooseport!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome To MoosePort
I enjoyed this comedy very much.
Published 16 days 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 1 month 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 4 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 4 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 5 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 6 months ago by Matty
4.0 out of 5 stars loved it
Heart warming, Romano and Cahn are great together, believable, tugs at the heart. Cast is great, plot a bit corny but it is a good comedy , well acted nice photography
Published 6 months ago by Paul D. Sarn
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Comedy
I loved every minute of this movie! Ray Romano is at his comedic best in this political comedy. At first I hesitated because I couldn't picture Gene Hackman in a comedy. Read more
Published 6 months ago by D. Alexander
5.0 out of 5 stars One of our favorite comedies
We love this one...actors work well together, no sex, bad language or violence, good comedy for adults (kids wouldn't be interested in the story lines).
Published 12 months ago by Shirley H
5.0 out of 5 stars WELXOME TO MOOSEPORT
Excellent movie, great cast, humor and fun. There was no down side at all to this movie as far as I am concerned.
Published 15 months ago by Michael Fasani
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