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20th Century Fox Released 2004

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Director:
Donald Petrie
Released:
2004
Rating:
PG-13
Welcome To Mooseport is a 2004 comedy directed by Donald Petrie. After the mayor of Mooseport dies, the town council decides to invite former U.S. President Monroe "Eagle" Cole (Gene Hackman) to run for the office. Cole, having just retired to Mooseport, accepts the invitation when he finds out he can exclude his Mooseport home from his divorce settlement if it serves as his campaign office. When hardware store manager, Harold 'Handy' Harrison (Ray Romano) finds out his name has also been thrown in the ring, he graciously declines. Handy has recently broken up with his long-term girl friend and town veterinarian Dr. Sally Mannis (Maura Tierney), and doesn't have the heart for it. However, that all changes when Handy finds out Cole has made a pass at his ex-girlfriend. Handy suddenly becomes possessed with the idea that he will become mayor and win back the love of his girl. Cole, meanwhile, has no intention of losing to a hardware store manager. As the competition heats up, Cole's ex-wife Grace Sutherland (Marcia Gay Harden) sweeps into town to stir things up. As the two men vie for the office of mayor, they have to decide what is truly important to them in their lives.moreless

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  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    Gene Hackman, bristling with wit and energy, is at his amusing best in the robust comedy.

  • 40

    The New York Times Dave Kehr

    A terminally mild attempt to revive the populist political comedy pioneered by Frank Capra in the 1930's.

  • 40

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Lacks the antic energy and inspired imagination that might have put this over as a sharp-witted community comedy in the Preston Sturges vein.

Rip Torn

Rip Torn

Bert Langdon

Gene Hackman

Gene Hackman

Monroe Cole

Edward Herrmann

Edward Herrmann

Avery Hightower (Debate Moderator) (uncredited)

Maura Tierney

Maura Tierney

Dr. Sally Mannis

Marcia Gay Harden

Marcia Gay Harden

Grace Sutherland

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