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Swing Vote [Blu-ray]

3.6 out of 5 stars 113 customer reviews

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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

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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  • 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:
    Parents Strongly Cautioned
  • DVD Release Date: January 13, 2009
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,340 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Swing Vote [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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This is a unique movie, with a crazy plot, but while it is an utterly impossible situation, it has a message that is interesting; and might be worth seeing now in light of the current (if openly ridiculous) presidential election coming up now with Mr. Trump [yikes], Ms. Clinton and Mr. Sanders.

It begins with Molly (beautifully played by Madeline Carroll), a civically-intelligent young adolescent, giving her class a speech regarding the upcoming election. That night, she is meeting her father at the polling station. Unfortunately, Bud (in a mediocre performance by Kevin Costner) is a slacking, ignorant, ineducable man incapable of holding down the simplest job...and, oh, yes, a drunkard. He fails to show up and she finds him in a drunken stupor in his truck. Completely let down by him, Molly sneaks into the nearby voting station to vote in his place. Unfortunately, the power goes out just before the computer could record "his" vote.

The outrageousness is in the next part, where the vote is so close that one more vote is all that is needed to break the tie and allow the current incumbent, Andrew Boone, remain in office (Kelsey Grammer, who turns in an uninspired performance) or turn the country over to the fireball Donald Greenleaf (in a delightfully fun role by Dennis Hopper). While Bud is barely understanding of anything remotely connect with politics or today's social issues, he is suddenly in the middle of a media vrenzy as the computer for the voting system spits out his name as the final person to cast a ballot: a ballot HE never cast.

Suddenly, Bud is the hottest ticket in their tiny, unknown town, a national figure, now that the news has found him.
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I didn't know of this movie until I came across it by accident. I like to feel there's a lesson in this movie. Anyhow, Ernest "Bud" Johnson(Kevin Costner)is a man who stays drunk. Matter of fact, his daughter is the one who wakes him up, keeps him going and is an all around secretary for him to the point of putting up bold reminders in his room so he won't forget. It is Election Day, and Bud doesn't give a darn. He works in an egg factory as one of the few minority(more Hispanic than whites) who feel their jobs are in jeopardy and surprisingly, he has any opinion on. When he loses his job for being a major screw up, he goes to the local watering hole and forgets that he has a date later on with his daughter to "vote". When he forgets, it is she(played well by newcomer Madeline Carroll)who sneaks in, signs his name and would have voted if the cleaning person didn't accidentally remove the voting machine plug from the wall, causing major problems and leaving an entire Presidential election in the balance because both contenders has 270 votes each and needs his one to make it to the Presidency. So now it's off to New Mexico, where both contenders(Kelsey Grammar and Dennis Hopper)both bend to the will of their campaign managers(Stanley Tucci and Nathan Lane respectively)and do things that seemingly compromise their own views and values as well as give this man major props and rides and extras. It gets to the point that reporters and special interest groups are now in on the bandwagon taking over this little town JUST to make this one man see the light. At first, Costner is trying to enjoy the goodies and hobnob with the big boys but as time goes by with some help of his politically suave daughter and reporter(Paula Patton), things begin to change and he becomes more enlightened. Quite entertaining and I plan to watch it close to Election time.
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"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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