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- fashionpassionf...Jan 11, 2009by
THIS NOBODY IS THE VOICE OF EVERYBODY
Features actors:Kevin Costner, Madeline Carroll, Kelsey Grammar, Dennis Hopper, George Lopez, Paula Patton,Nathan Lane, Stanley Tucci, Richard Petty, Willie Nelson,Mare Winningham, Mark Moses & Nana Visitor
Running time:120 Min
Costner plays Ernest "Bud" Johnson, a divorced southwestern father to one extremely precocious preteen girl named Molly (Madeline Carroll). Though she reminds him of his important civic duty, Election Day arrives and he's too drunk and forgetful to vote. Taking matters into her own hands, Molly manages to sneak into the polling place and cast a ballot in her father's name. Or at least, she starts to, until a glitch prevents the session from going through. As luck would have it, it is established that New Mexico's five electoral votes will determine the new president emerging from a practically deadlocked race.
Rather than dramatizing the endless recounts and legal wrangling that would really ensue, the film opts for a fantastical scenario in which Bud's uncast vote quickly becomes the single one which will choose the next commander in chief. Once this news leaks out, the nation's eyes turn to the small city of Texico, where Bud Johnson becomes the center of attention. A simple, unmotivated type, Bud is an unlikely emblem for democracy. He swears, guzzles beer, likes to fish, has a wardrobe marked by cut-off sleeves, and barely makes ends meet as a bottom-rung egg factory worker.
Bud's nature poses a bit of a curveball for the competing campaigns, both of whom promptly show up in town as part of an intense media circus that will last the ten days Bud has until revoting. Ignoring the ethical questions, incumbent Republican Andrew Boone (Kelsey Grammer) and popular Democratic hopeful Donald Greenleaf (Dennis Hopper) both embrace schmoozing the swing voter at the encouragement of their respective, determined campaign managers (Stanley Tucci, Nathan Lane). At Bud's slightest hint of a preference, Boone and Greenleaf are eager to change their stances on issues like the environment, abortion, and gay marriage. Meanwhile, an ambitious local reporter (Paula Patton) sees the story as her big break and Molly tries to keep her father from being superficially swayed.
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- reds_rendersDec 31, 2008by
Sharp Jabs at Dems and Republicans
This was obviously meant to remind you of the 2000 election fiasco in Florida. The film basically centers around Kevin Costner's character, who is lazy, irresponsible, and a mess - but he's lovable and fun. His vote will make the difference in giving either candidate (Kelsey Grammar or Dennis Hopper) New Mexico's five electoral votes, which will push him over the limit to win. Both candidates then devise a series of ads pitched specifically at him. There were themes about responsibility, being informed, and hogging your time in the limelight during your 15 minutes of fame during this film. I think it was hilarious and was truly surprised by the ending.
- sunnykiwi1stFeb 07, 2009by
says it all
A great movie keeps ya going...very intertaining. The only thing I didn't like was the ending????But I won't tell what the problem was watch the movie LOL
- 6f7f927aa899050...Jan 23, 2009by
Costner at his best
I really enjoyed this movie. The chemistry between Costner and his movie daughter was very, very good.
I would say add it to your DVD collection.