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Released 2008

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Director:
Joshua Michael Stern
Released:
2008
Rating:
PG-13

Swing Vote is a 2008 political comedy starring Kevin Costner as an ordinary guy whose single vote will determine the outcome of a presidential election. Fifth-grader Molly Johnson (Madeline Carroll) convinces her slacker dad, Bud (Kevin Costner), to get more involved in politics. She meets him down at their New Mexico polling place for the 2004 election, and signs out a ballot for him but the power goes out before his ballot can be cast. The presidential election between incumbent President Andrew Boone (Kelsey Grammer), a Republican, and Democratic challenger Donald Greenleaf (Dennis Hopper) comes down to Bud's single vote. With two weeks before his vote will be cast, Bud becomes the center of a national media onslaught, including reporter Kate Madison (Paula Patton), and pressure from the candidates' aides, Martin Fox (Stanley Tucci) and Art Crumb (Nathan Lane). While politically uninvolved Bud must decide the fate of the nation, he also faces a custody battle with his ex-wife, Larissa (Mare Winningham).

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  • 75

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The movie is a genial comedy, but it has significant undertones. Like some of Frank Capra's pictures.

  • 70

    Variety Justin Chang

    Picture's comic smarts and affecting daddy-daughter drama provide a sturdy platform for its heartfelt advocacy of informed voting and responsible citizenship.

  • 50

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    A mainstream, eager-to-please, relatively generic endeavor, not an auteurist showcase.

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