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Swing Vote
Bud Johnson, an apathetic, beer-slinging, lovable loser, is coasting through a life that has passed him by. The one bright spot is his precocious, over-achieving twelve year-old daughter...  View more >

Starring Kevin Costner, Madeline Carroll, Paula Patton...  View more >

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Aug 12, 2008
Last week, I went to vote in the Michigan Primary. when I arrived 15 minutes after the polls open, I was told that I was the first person to vote in my district. I was reminded of that fact when I saw the film "Swing Vote." And that film carries a heavy message that voting can make a difference in the world. In the film, Kevin Costner plays Bud, a loser who lives in a trailer park with her very smart daughter played by Madeline Carroll. Bud had lost his job at a egg factory and he rather sleeps in than look for a new job. He is schudule to vote and when he is too drunk, her daughter tried to vote in his place. that's where the Media circus comes to town because they believe that Bud vote is the deciding vote in the presidential election between Republican Kelsey Grammer and Democrat Dennis Hopper. This is a very important and sadly, not many people are watching this movie. That's too bad. Maybe my review can help that. The movie comes off like a Frank Capra movie. An everyday man get pushed into the spotlight and all the sudden he's the most important man in town. He gets advice from the presidental candidates and various television interviews. He also get letters from strangers who can't make ends meet. This is the right movie for the right time. The film was released in time for the 2008 election. The most important election in our generation. I hope this movie will encouge people to get out and vote on election day. Another thing I like about the movie, it doesn't decide between Democrat and Republican. Plus, I love the performance from newcomer Madeline Carroll. Forget the talk about Heath Ledger's Oscar chances for the moment and let's talk about Madeline Carroll. She plays a sweet, smart little girl who not only cares about her family, but she cares about her town and her country. Her character is very wise and understanding. I hope she gets an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress. "Swing Vote" will have you think about where's this country's heading as you leave the theatre.

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