SWING VOTE revolves around a father Bud Johnson and his daughter Molly. BUd is a wreck while molly wants her dad
to be more. She wants him to vote. When he doesn't show up to vote as promised, Molly decides to vote for him
and it begins a change of events that will a town, two Presidential candidates, and a small town in New Mexico as the election
comes down to one vote- Bud's. The campaign managers twists the current President (Kelsey Grammer) and a Democrat hopeful
(Dennis Hopper) to change their views ina an effort to win Bud's vote.
SWING VOTE is charming, funny, and sometimes a good look at the way Presidential campaigns are run. My only complaint
is I would have liked to have seen who Bud voted for. We do get the father and daughter story that everyone wanted to
vote, but I wanted closure and not have it left up in the air on who Bud voted for.
Writer/ Director Joshua Michael Stern and Writer Jason Richman talk about how the script
changed, the way they stretched the production dollar, and other stories from the production.
INSIDE THE CAMPAIGN: THE POLITICS OF PRODUCTION covers some of the sme ground in the audio
commentary ina brief 11 minutes.
Out of the four deleted and extended scenes, I wish at least a couple of them stayed in
the film. I think it would have added to the story instead of taken away from it (like the Director said in the optional
audio commentary for those scenes). Rounding out the extras is a music video from Kevin Costner's band.
FINAL ANALYSIS: SWING VOTE is entertaining and yet a couple of missteps make it miss
being a great film.
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