Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Swing Vote |
Actors: Kevin Costner, Gary Farmer, Eileen Galindo, Kelsey Grammer, Bridget Hoffman
Kevin Costner stars in the hilarious timely comedy Swing Vote as Bud Johnson, an Average Joe, who is coasting through life with the help of Molly, his wise-beyond-her-years daughter. In a remarkable turn-of-events, the res... more »
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One clever idea turned into a long, predictable movie
G.V. | Mexico City, Mexico | 01/10/2009
(2 out of 5 stars)
"If you enjoy 2 hours of Kevin Costner acting like a slob and 2 minutes (at the very end) of his heroic customary speeches in which his voice cracks down while defending his less fortunate fellow men, well, this is the movie for you. Personally I found this very similar to ARTHUR in which the prospect of watching the part of a stupid drunk for a long time gets more and more annoying. I also had a hard time buying his wholesome daughter and after watching her Mom and Dad it becomes impossible to understand how she could turn out that wonderful. The movie itself is all one clever idea with very mediocre dialogue, flat jokes and lacking any surprises."
Portrayal of Americans?
TDM | Colorado Springs, CO | 02/22/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Swing Vote surprised me, it was actually a decently entertaining movie. I thought it was as well written as it could have been for a movie that is somewhat limited in the direction it could take. There were laugh out loud moments and other moments of pure corniness. Kevin Costner plays a great Drunk and uniformed father but I thought the special role was played by his co star on screen daughter.
The movie fell short in some areas:
#1 once again the portrayal of American politicians whether democrat or republican was harsh and phony. How stupid can we make our president look?.
#2 This would have been better if they cut out the swear words and made it into more of a PG family film. It was right in that gray area where I wouldn't want young kids to watch but it could have been a great movie if they hadn't tried to make it more of an adult hit.
#3 If they actually wanted to make this movie more for adults then they didn't go far enough and they made every single character except for the daughter look too stupid to even live life. Or was that the point?
#4 Personally the way the movie sums up is a little rough. But that is for you to decide.
Overall will you enjoy this movie? Yeah I think so but it could have been better and I think you will wish the same thing? Is it better than a lot of movies out there? Yes so it isn't a complete life waster. Just warning you though it is somewhat enjoyable you will probably wish for changes by the end."
Predictable, but somewhat heartwarming
The Tao of Netflix | Washington, DC | 10/10/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"First off, the movie was 2 hours long, at least 30 minutes longer than it needed to be. Quite a bit of filler nonsense that didn't add value. That notwithstanding, it was a cute movie, and somewhat heartwarming. The eventual connection of real american issues to the campaign race was a salient reminder of the disconnect between average american issues and the things that CNN and foxnews choose to focus on. To that point, it was an interesting, albeit slightly subtle, satire on american media, and the absolute absurd extent to which its mandate for factual news reporting has been so sadly clouded by its corporate profiteering motives. There was a good commentary about personal redemption too. As the candidates attempted to woo Costner, they eventually questioned their own motives. Further, Costner did as well. Together, they all came to realizations that emphasized the need to be true to oneself. That's a good message, and one often lost in our sardonic society. Overall though, again, the acting was decent (c'mon, Costner is a guilty pleasure and its ok), high production values, decent (albeit wholly predictable) story line, etc. Worth a rental, just be prepared to fast forward through the ennui."
90 minutes of yawns followed by an OK speech
T. Johnson | Portland, OR | 05/24/2009
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I fell asleep a couple times during this movie because it was so boring. Kevin Costner's acting was less than stellar. The girl was OK but the movie was too boring for me to care. It all felt completely contrived. There was no depth to anything in the movie either, except for the final speech which was the only 2 minutes of the movie worth watching.
Really the whole message of that speech is that Americans (yes Kevin represents most of us) are lazy, ignorant, selfish people who deserve the politicians that we put in office with our ignorance and falling for their manipulative advertisements. After I gave it a little thought, I find this highly offensive.
Regardless, the movie was boring, bland, predictable, and I wish I had not wasted my time watching it. It's not HORRIBLE it's just not good.