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Despite his nay-sayers, I quite like Kevin Costner, but there’s no getting over the fact that this film has one of the most utterly ludicrous, far-fetched plots of any movie in the past year. One man’s vote controlling the entire presidential election? Please. This seems like one of those mildly entertaining yet entirely forgettable movies that you put on late at night to fall asleep to and then never bother finishing the next day.
Notable Extras: Commentary, “Inside the Campaign” featurette, and deleted/extended scenes.
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Touchtone Pictures (aka Disney) has released the first trailer for their upcoming Kevin Costner Summer comedy Swing Vote. The film actually has an interesting but totally unrealistic concept. Basically the events of the presidential election come down to the vote from one man. Of course the execution of the idea looks like the usual sentimental feel good Disney-level story. There’s nothing like combining a family film with politics… Watch the trailer below and tell me what you think in the comments.
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Official Plot Synopsis: “Bud Johnson (Costner) is an apathetic, beer-slinging, lovable loser, who is coasting through a life that has passed him by.Â The one bright spot is his precocious, over-achieving twelve year-old daughter Molly.Â She takes care of both of them, until one mischievous moment on Election Day, when she accidentally sets off a chain of events which culminates in the election coming down to one vote…her dad’s. SWING VOTE is a comical look at the journey of one father and daughter who discover that everyone has the power to change the world.”
Swing Vote hits theaters on August 1st, 2008
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In a remarkable turn-of-events, the result of the presidential election comes down to one man’s vote. Swing Vote stars Kevin Costner as Bud Johnson, a working-class single father who has the ultimate decision to elect the next President of the United States. Disney chairman Dick Cook called Swing Vote, “a timely and heartfelt story that is sure to touch and entertain moviegoers in the same way that some of the classic films by Frank Capra have done in the past.” Yeah, a little bit skeptical over here. Frank Capra? really? Joshua Michael Stern, the writer of the 2007 direct-to-dvd Wesley Snipes action film The Contractor, helmed this project based on a script he also wrote with Jason Richman, writer of the very forgettable 2002 action comedy Bad Company starring Anthony Hopkins and Chris Rock.
The cast also includes Paula Patton, Kelsey Grammer, Dennis Hopper, Nathan Lane, Stanley Tucci, George Lopez, Judge Reinhold, Mare Winningham, Richard Petty and Willie Nelson and introducing Madeline Carroll. Hopper and Grammer play the Democratic candidate and Republican incumbent, while Lane and Tucci will play their respective campaign managers. Lopez is the local TV station manager of the town which is transformed the political world stage.
Touchtone Pictures will release Swing Vote on August 1st 2008, up against The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, He’s Just Not That Into You, The Rocker, and the New York and Los Angeles release of Choke.
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