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Swing Vote Print
Written by Mike Noel   
Tuesday, 26 August 2008

Swing Vote

As the US is gearing up for the 2008 Presidential Election it seems like a good idea to have a movie about the circus that the election can become.  Swing Vote does that well.  The story revolves around Bud, a cronic underachiever, and his precocious daughter.  On election day Bud forgets to vote so his daughter does it for him.  However, the machine fails while she is trying to vote.  Nervous, she scampers away from the polling place and hopes she doesn't get in trouble.  In a situation reminiscent of Florida, the entire country's vote comes down to one state, in fact, it all comes down to the one precinct where Bud was supposed to vote.  And, of course, it's a tie but Bud's vote didn't count.  Due to the machine malfunction Bud is given another opportunity to vote.  And this time,  his one vote will decide who the next president is.

Yes, it is far-fetched.  But it's a movie.  And it's entertaining. 

It doesn't take long for everyone to figure out that Bud is the "swing vote" for the entire race.  And, as expected, his home is swarmed by the media.  Soon the candidates start to arrive, each one is trying his best to convince Bud to vote for him.   This is where we see the craziness.  Each candidate makes insincere gestures to attempt to win him over.  As things escalate the candidates start to betray the very things that they stood for in their campaign. But as things get out of hand each candidate starts to see what they are doing.  They each turn around and return to their "core" principles.   

I appreciated this movie for a couple of reasons.  First of all, Kevin Costner did a great job portraying Bud.  The relationship between him and his daughter was quite rough but believable.  It was also great to see Costner in a role other than the lone save-the-world rebel.

It was also good to see both political parties handled with about the same level of fairness.  It is easy to see my favorite party as being more slighted than the other but I'm thinking that that is probably my personal bias sneaking in.  It really was reasonably fair.

And finally, I liked the ending.  Most of my friends who saw the movie did not like the ending.  I won't spoil it by telling you how it ends but I will say that I was pleased.  It made the most sense.

Overall, a fun movie that is slightly though provoking. 

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 26 August 2008 )

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