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Swing Vote [DVD] [2008]

Madeleine Carroll , Judge Reinhold , Joshua Michael Stern    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Madeleine Carroll, Judge Reinhold, Stanley Tucci, Kevin Costner, Richard Petty
  • Directors: Joshua Michael Stern
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Anchor Bay Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Sep 2009
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002FQT99K
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,809 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Bud Johnson (Kevin Costner) is an ordinary dad drifting through life, caring about nothing except his overachieving daughter Molly (Madeline Carroll). Trying to encourage him to get involved, Molly accidentally sets off a chain of events on Election Day that ends with the presidential race coming down to one vote - Bud's. Comedic chaos ensues as Kelsey Grammer, Dennis Hopper, Nathan Lane, Stanley Tucci and George Lopez give an all-star support in a witty and uplifting film.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining and enjoyable film 24 Sep 2009
By Wynne Kelly TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
Swing Vote is a hugely enjoyable film. We know that the votes of one US state can decide the outcome of a presidential election but this film takes this idea to the extreme and shows what could happen if the vote of one citizen became the crucial factor.

Bud (Kevin Costner) is, let's face it, a blue-collar single parent loser. He drinks too much, doesn't work too hard and continually lets down his young daughter. But she is bright and perceptive and is very concerned with civic responsibility - and makes it plain that she wishes her father was too.

When it is made public that the result of the presidential election now rests with just one person there is an immediate media frenzy and Bud's identity becomes known. There follows a cynical courtship of him by both candidates desperate to be the winner.

In the early part of the film I thought that it was going to be a film about politics with no real politics in it. I was wrong. When Bud mentions that he is fairly relaxed about people's private lives the Republican latches on to this and suddenly promotes gay marriage. When he says that he is not very happy about Mexican workers being brought in to his factory to work at lower rates the Democrat candidate reverses his earlier stance and decides to stand firm on immigration. But daughter Molly watches everything and is determined that her father should make the right choice in the end.

It is all great fun - but with some serious points being made. The cast is strong - especially Kostner - and Kelsey Grammer and Dennis Hopper are both excellent. The opening sequence shows beautiful scenes of small town America.

A pity that the DVD was a bit basic - no extras and no subtitles.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good comedy with some heartfelt moments 28 Sep 2009
By Rumpole
Format:DVD
I really enjoyed this film. It's about the relationship a father has with his daughter. Yes, it is set against the backdrop of the american presidential elections, but the real story is how "Bud" (played by Kevin Costner) turns his life around and rediscovers the important things in life - those people close to you. Great performances from Madeline Carroll, Kevin Costner, Dennis Hopper, Kelsey Grammer and Paula Patton. There's some great comedy in here that will make you genuinely laugh as well as a great story. This is a perfect Sunday night in movie that everyone will love!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Does it win my vote? 22 Nov 2009
By Kevin VINE VOICE
Format:DVD|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
Swing Vote is an American political comedy. Set in a small town in New Mexico, the story follows Bud, an out of work single father, who has little interest in anything except beer and sports. Although it's obvious he loves his daughter, Molly greatly, the two are very different characters, she being much more concerned with the bigger picture - politics being part of that. Kevin Costner plays the part of trailer-trash Bud convincingly. Molly attempts to use her father's vote, but the electronic machine fails, and records an error. A far fetched chain of events is triggered that brings the presidential election waiting for New Mexico's five electoral votes to decide the winner. New Mexico law dictates that anyone's vote that failed to be counted must be re-cast, Bud is traced and it falls on him to decide how the state will vote, and therefore, who will be the next President of the United States.
The two main politicians in the movie, Kelsey Grammer playing the incumbent Republican President, and Dennis Hopper, the Democrat candidate, provide most of the comedy in the movie, as the two throw their principles and dignity aside as they fight it out, trying to win Bud's approval, and vote.
Grammer plays the role of a Republican President perfectly, his is probably the best performance in this film. Hopper was disappointing, giving a rather cold and lackluster performance. The film is amusing, but crosses in to just plain silly on occasion. It feels like a 'family film' although there is occasional bad language. The soundtrack fits the film well, with The Marshall Tucker Band's "Can't You See" featuring, and a performance from Kevin Costner and Modern West (on stage as Bud's own band), performing their excellent "Backyard" in one scene.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Mark Barry HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Blu-ray
The American version of “Swing Vote” on a Disney’ BLU RAY is REGION-A LOCKED - so it WILL NOT PLAY on most UK Blu Ray players unless they're chipped to play 'all' regions (which the vast majority aren't). Don’t confuse BLU RAY players that have multi-region capability on the 'DVD' front – that won’t help.

Buy the standard UK issue instead. It's cheap - a looker on BLU RAY - and a lot of family fun…
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2.0 out of 5 stars God save America... 19 Nov 2009
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
Swing Vote has a premise that Frank Capra would love - what would happen if the only one who could break a dead tie in an election and decide the next president was a small-town deadbeat with no clue about politics and no concept of civic responsibility? Unfortunately, what it doesn't have is Frank Capra to direct or Robert Riskin to write it, so for much of Swing Vote we're left with a film with a few good gags spread around the supporting cast that never really makes enough of the comic potential, choosing instead to opt for the tried-and-tested but oh-so-familiar road to redemption and reconciliation formula instead as Kevin Costner's out-of-work single father learns to take responsibility for himself and pride in his country. Not that the latter is made any easier when the two rival candidates - Kelsey Grammer's Republican president and Dennis Hopper's Democrat contender - bend over backwards to win his all-important vote, abandoning all their own principles along the way. While it's fun to see the Republicans suddenly become the party of the environment and the Democrats adopt anti-abortion, anti-immigration policies in campaign ads targeted at one man based on their misinterpretation of his off the cuff comments, Costner doesn't really have the comic ability to make the lead grab his share of the laughs: he tries hard, but timing and the odd pratfall aren't his forte and he misses as many as he hits. It's only in a dramatic scene with his drug addicted ex-wife where he's freed from the need to be a loveable idiot and show some fire that he really hits his stride, only to lose what little advantage that gives him in the predictable God-Bless-America speechifying of the finale. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars silly and funny
ok, silly and funny
Published 25 days ago by mark mackrill
5.0 out of 5 stars SWING LOW SWING SAFE BUT AT LEAST BLOODY SWING!
KEVIN COSTNER MADELINE CARROLL AND KELSEY GRAMMER ARE FOR ME ALL STAR TURNS IN THE CIRCUS OF AMERICAN POLITICS. Read more
Published 9 months ago by pedro
1.0 out of 5 stars Simply disappointing!
Much a-do about really not much. Definitely not worth buying... I patiently watched it waiting for a twist... but nothing. Sorry!
Published on 15 Jan 2012 by Ana Vozone
5.0 out of 5 stars Kefving Costner DVD
I was very pleased with the speed in which the item arrived and the quality and would have no hesitation in recommending the supplier to others.
Published on 10 Mar 2011 by Sue from Chidd
2.0 out of 5 stars Unspectacular, but undemanding viewing
Fairly typical "everyman becomes centre of world's attention" premise to this movie, and it is predictably heaving with trite dialogue and cliched plot turns, but really, going... Read more
Published on 16 Dec 2010 by John Clayton III
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth watching, entertaining enough.
Swing vote is about the close bond between a father Bud (Kevin Costner)and his young daughter Molly (Madeline Carroll) and what happens when he receives the "swing vote" in the... Read more
Published on 27 Aug 2010 by Film Buff
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice family movie - A perspective from someone who hasn't seen the...
This movie takes on a theme about our responsibility as citizens towards voting, and perhaps takes a different perspective on what a single vote means. Read more
Published on 12 April 2010 by David Calcano
4.0 out of 5 stars Mood Swings
Either you love Kevin Costner or you hate him. There is almost no-one with a view of him otherwise. When he's good he's good, when he's bad he is awful. Read more
Published on 3 Mar 2010 by Donald Thompson
3.0 out of 5 stars swing the vote in your favour
What if the entire country was hanging by a thread and anxiously awaiting your vote? What if you were the one who held all the cards in a presidential campaign and everyone.... Read more
Published on 16 Feb 2010 by Great White
4.0 out of 5 stars Value for Money
From the reviews I have read here I think most are taking the movie too seriously. The story is absurd but that doesn't matter, suspend belief and sit back and enjoy some superb... Read more
Published on 16 Dec 2009 by C. Hills
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