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.
Overall, whilst this movie isn't particularly clever, and is likely to be forgotten, it's not without it's charm, and the film does try to be sincere about the American political system in places, especially at the movie's excellent climax. An enjoyable watch, but no classic.