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Swing Vote
     

Swing Vote

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Director: Joshua Michael Stern

Cast: Kevin Costner, Madeline Carroll, Paula Patton

 

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When the mischievous antics of a precocious 12-year-old girl result in the outcome of the United States presidential election hinging on the vote of her apathetic, likable loser of a father, the man who thought that life had long since passed him by is reluctantly thrust into the national spotlight in this political-themed comedy starring Kevin Costner. Bud Johnson

Overview

When the mischievous antics of a precocious 12-year-old girl result in the outcome of the United States presidential election hinging on the vote of her apathetic, likable loser of a father, the man who thought that life had long since passed him by is reluctantly thrust into the national spotlight in this political-themed comedy starring Kevin Costner. Bud Johnson (Costner) is your typical American -- a simple man and loving father who never would have thought he had the power to change the world. Though when election day finally arrives and Bud prepares to cast his ballot, his overachieving daughter Molly proves to be the catalyst for a stunning series of events that place the fate of the free world in the hands of a man more comfortable slinging cases of beer -- her father. The two candidates are portrayed by Dennis Hopper and Kelsey Grammer, with Nathan Lane and Stanley Tucci as their campaign managers. George Lopez also stars as a local TV-station manager who has to deal with the political factions as they set up camp in the small town.

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Anyone with a basic understanding of election procedures knows that the American presidency can't be decided by a single voter; even if one county is tied, as in Swing Vote, it's the statewide popular count that determines which candidate receives the electoral votes (see Florida, 2000). But Joshua Michael Stern's film isn't going for plausibility. It's a full-on satire, taking literally the idea that every vote counts, and whatever prejudices Kevin Costner may inspire in a viewer, they don't prevent Stern's script (co-written with Jason Richman) from hitting some bull's-eyes. Politicians have always been accused of changing their positions as a means of pandering to an ever-changing base, but when that base is a single voter, it inspires a number of funny send-ups of political advertising -- like the Republican candidate (Kelsey Grammer) appearing alongside gay soldiers marrying, or the Democrat (Dennis Hopper) showing up on a playground where children are being zapped out of existence because they were aborted. The reason for these flip-flops is that Costner's Bud Johnson doesn't himself know what he wants; his naïve response to whether he's pro-life is "Yeah, of course, who isn't?" Because Grammer and Hopper are both card-carrying members of the GOP -- and both appeared in the heavily right-wing An American Carol -- there's a temptation to look for a conservative agenda in Swing Vote. Truth be told, it isn't there, and despite a rocky and broad beginning, Swing Vote ultimately reveals itself as an earnest supporter of the political process. What's more, it actually has heart. Costner can do these redneck hayseeds named Bud in his sleep, but the real surprise here is his conscientious daughter, played by 12-year-old Madeline Carroll, whose screen presence is downright arresting. Like Bud Johnson himself, Swing Vote may not seem like much on the surface, but assuming it has nothing to say is akin to assuming that one vote doesn't count.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/13/2009
UPC:
0786936786514
Original Release:
2008
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
Touchstone / Disney
Region Code:
A
Time:
2:00:00

Special Features

Inside The Campaign: The Politics Of Production; Deleted & Extended Scenes (With Optional Director's Commentary); Audio Commentary By Writer/Director Joshua Michael Stern and Writer Jason Richman

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kevin Costner Bud Johnson
Madeline Carroll Molly Johnson
Paula Patton Kate Madison
Kelsey Grammer President Boone
Dennis Hopper Donald Greenleaf
Nathan Lane Art Crumb
Stanley Tucci Martin Fox
George Lopez John Sweeney
Judge Reinhold Walter
Charles Esten Lewis
Richard Petty Himself
Willie Nelson Himself
Mare Winningham Larissa Johnson
Mark Moses Attorney General Wyatt
Nana Visitor Galena Greenleaf
Floyd "Red Crow" Westerman Chief Running Bear
Shawn Prince Jed
Dale O'Malley Hank
Mary Sue Evans Mrs. Abernathy
Gary Farmer Curly
Adam Taylor Justice Brower
Bruce McIntosh Father in Classroom
Tom Romero Ad Exec
Tony Blankley Himself
Aaron Brown Himself
Campbell Brown Herself
Tucker Carlson Himself
James Carville Himself
Matt Frei Himself
Mary Hart Herself
Arianna Huffington Herself
Larry King Himself
Anne Kornblut Herself
Bill Maher Himself
Chris Matthews Himself
Lawrence O'Donnell Himself
Forrest Fyre Ted Drake
Ivan Brutsche Carl
Sheila Ivy Traister Vermont Reporter #1
Jeremy Jojola Vermont Reporter
Suzanne Michaels Vermont Reporter #3
Cynthia Ruffin Boone Staffer #1
Jason Henning Boone Staffer #2
Les Shapiro Network Reporter
Cynthia Strauss Darlene
Chance Romero Pizza Delivery Guy
Charles Michael Moore UPS Delivery Man
Colin Jones KNME Techie
Trista Callander Commercial Director
Richard M. Dereyes Market Reporter #1
Shauna Clark Market Reporter #2
Debra-Jayne Brown Market Reporter #3
Price Hall Market Reporter #4
Olajida Kashu Gay Doctor
Jessica Morin Gay Female Cop
Tim Janis Gay Soldier
Scott Meyer Gay Partner #1
Brent Lambert Gay Partner #2
Christopher Dempsey Secret Service Agent #1
David Meeker Secret Service Agent #2
Janeal Arison TV Producer
Madelin Whelpley Female Student #1
Alyssa Gutierrez Female Student #2
David Midthunder Female Student #3
Taylor Warden Male Student #1
Angelo Martinez Male Student #2
Isaiah Bergert Male Student #3
Arron Shiver Greenleaf Aide #1
Kate Shroeder Greenleaf Aide #2
David Dalton Greenleaf Aide #3
Heather Hitt Greenleaf Aide #4
Pierre Barrera Henry
Todd Lewis ET Segment Producer
Dan Gerrity Trailer Reporter #1
Cris Ornelas Trailer Reporter #2
Esodie Geiger Trailer Reporter #3
Constance Hsu Trailer Reporter #4
Katalina Parrish Trailer Reporter #5
Joshua Michael Stern Commercial Director
Tony Stern Gospel Minister
Mara Holguin Waitress
John Coinman Bud Johnson's Band
Blair Forward Bud Johnson's Band
Terry Morgan Bud Johnson's Band
Larry Cobb Bud Johnson's Band
Charles Park Chisolm Bud Johnson's Band
Bobby Yang Bud Johnson's Band
David Cowgill Voice Only
Patrick Falls Voice Only
Laurie Petok Voice Only
Jonathan Nichols Voice Only
Al Rodrigo Voice Only
Bob Neill Voice Only
Eileen Galindo Voice Only
Bridget Hoffman Voice Only
Luisa Leschin Voice Only
Richard Miro Voice Only

Technical Credits
Joshua Michael Stern Director,Screenwriter
John Berger Set Decoration/Design
Lynn Bernay Costumes/Costume Designer
Claire Breaux Costumes/Costume Designer
Kevin Costner Producer
John Debney Score Composer
Terry Dougas Executive Producer
Michael Duval Costumes/Costume Designer
Ted Field Executive Producer
Elizabeth Gabel Casting
Blanca R. Garcia Costumes/Costume Designer
Eric Fox Hayes Asst. Director
Shane Hurlbut Cinematographer
Lisa Jensen Costumes/Costume Designer
Robin Jonas Executive Producer
Venus Kanani Casting
Paris Kasidokostas Latsis Executive Producer
Amahl H. Lovato Set Decoration/Design
Jeff McEvoy Editor
Lora Rael Costumes/Costume Designer
Jason Richman Producer,Screenwriter
Steve Saklad Production Designer
Jesse Trevino Costumes/Costume Designer
Mary Vernieu Casting
Jim Wilson Producer
Cassidy Zachary Costumes/Costume Designer
Mark Zuelzke Art Director

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Swing Vote 2.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
SeaSea More than 1 year ago
If your looking for a horrible, boring and annoying movie all in one this is the perfect pick. The best thing about the movie was the ending! Really the previews featured the best parts of the film and Bud Johnson's (Costner) daughter Molly (Carroll) is down right annoying. She is a fun-sucker and is one of the major problems in the movie. I understand her placement in the film, but why did the writers have to make her so irritating? On top of everything it took 45 minutes for the movie to get into the real plot. And it was slow all the way through. I watched it with my mother, who fell asleep, and my brothers, who ended up leaving because of Molly and her bothersome ways. The only way I'd watch this horrible film again is if I were paid or my life depended on it.
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