Swing Vote

Today is the second full day of being able to say Former President George W. Bush and it’s still as magnificent as it was on 12:01 PM Tuesday.  Especially during this last election, politics has become much more exciting and far more personally involving for many more people.  In my current state of Minnesota, my preferred Senatorial candidate came from behind to win in a recount, although that result is now back in court.  So I’m familiar with recounts and miscast ballots and now there’s a new film out which will help you to be the same as well.

Starting this January 13th, now available on DVD from Touchstone Home Entertainment and Treehouse Films comes a story of political engagement and changing the world.  Swing Vote is ready to blast out of your television screen with a tale of voting and the dirty underbelly of politics.  Bring home this mediocre comedy with a heart of gold today!

Bud Johnson is a lazy all-American boy.  He drinks his beer, goes fishing and doesn’t care about anything except for his extraordinarily driven daughter, Molly.  She always wants him to more involved and so registers him to vote and gets him to vote on Election Day, although he messes up his ballot.  Chaos ensues and the Presidential Election comes down to one state and one miscast vote keeps that one state from going one way or the other.  That vote is Bud Johnson’s and he holds the whole election in his hands.  What will he do?  This film stars Kevin Costner, Paula Patton, Kelsey Grammer, Dennis Hopper, Nathan Lane, Stanley Tucci and George Lopez.

The special features included in this DVD are a selection of deleted and extended scenes with optional director’s audio commentary, a featurette about the making of this film and an optional audio commentary on the film from director Joshua Michael Stern and writer Jason Richman.

I can’t help it, I love watching Stanley Tucci.  His acting and Anne Hathaway’s body were the only things that got me through The Devil Wears Prada.  It’s also a treat to see Dennis Hopper in any film, even if he isn’t uttering “Zombies, they freak me out, man,” or riding on the Exxon Valdez or any of his other memorable cinematic moments.  It’s also nice to see Kelsey Grammer because I’ve missed his dulcet tones on the television.  Other than that, this movie was a great disappointment.  Of course, how can a movie compare to the high drama and comedy of the election we’ve just lived through?  The battle between the upstart and the establishment, the coming of change, Caribou Barbie and the rise of the meth-busted grandson knocked-up fiasco – how can mere cinema beat that?  We see a campaign manager who will do anything to win, but don’t we already know Karl “Turdblossom” Rove and Rod “Bleeping” Blagojevich?  This movie pales in comparison to the real thing, but is still somewhat entertaining due to the excellent supporting cast.

If you’re bored, you could do worse than to Swing your way over to this film.

This DVD is available at Amazon.com.

Nathaniel Jonet

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