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Swing Vote

Comedy movie directed by Joshua Michael Stern

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Swing Vote: Idiotic and Pointless Movie

  • Mar 8, 2009
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Swing Vote is one of the most idiotic, not too subtle political movies I have ever seen. The acting was awful. The script seemed like it was written by a junior high civics student – and one with a barely passing grade at that. And it was boringly trite.

The story is about a Presidential election, through unbelievable circumstances, coming down to one man.  That man is the ignorant, drunk, trailer trash Bud Johnson, played by Kevin Costner.  Once the election comes down to one man, the movie is supposed to be a satire on the overzealous media and political consultants pulling out all their dirty tricks to win the vote of Bud, and the election. 

This movie is not funny.  It does not work well as satire because the caricatures made of the main protagonists are simply too unbelievable.  And the message of not letting your morality and principles become dictated by the hunger to win an election or ambition is totally lost in this mess of a movie.

The only comical aspect of this movie is I found myself wondering what would happen if instead of using a drunk, white, trailer trash dad with a drug addicted ex-wife, they had chosen to create and equally offensive caricature of inner city African American using the same basic character traits.  First, the movie wouldn't even be made.  And secondly, if it were, there would be riots and the same people who made this crappy movie would be in the front lines of the protestors.  But that is a digression.

Suffice it to say, I loathed this movie and its stupidity.

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March 09, 2009
Ha ha, I thought it was pretty bad. But some people seem to like it. I was looking forward to it and was sadly disappointed.
 
March 08, 2009
"The script seemed like it was written by a junior high civics student – and one with a barely passing grade at that." Haha, nice. I have to admit, I was curious about this movie for its unusual premise (and b/c I feel sorry for Kevin Costner's career). But if it's bad, it's bad, right?
 
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review by . March 07, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
Swing Vote is one of the most idiotic, not too subtle political movies I have ever seen. The acting was awful. The script seemed like it was written by a junior high civics student - and one with a barely passing grade at that. And it was boringly trite.    The story is about a Presidential election, through unbelievable circumstances, coming down to one man. That man is the ignorant, drunk, trailer trash Bud Johnson, played by Kevin Costner. Once the election comes down to one …
review by . October 31, 2008
SWING VOTE was filmed pretty much entirely in a small town near Albuquerque, New Mexico (where I live), so I was certainly interested in seeing the scenery and any local sites. Unfortunately, except for a couple of lovely scenes on the banks of the Rio Grande (standing in for the Pecos River), there wasn't much of our natural beauty. Lots of action takes place at a trailer park.     The rest of movie is equally disappointing overall. But frankly, it isn't surprising. The premise …
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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.
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Genre: Comedy
DVD Release Date: January 13, 2009
Runtime: 120 minutes
Studio: TOUCHSTONE / DISNEY
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