Movie Review: 'Swing Vote'
The premise is comfortably far-fetched, i.e., just far enough. The presidential election between a Republican incumbent (
Both candidates, guided by their respective ruthless campaign managers (
Directed by Stern, "Swing Vote" downplays the comic potential in this set-up for ever greater shipments of what has come to be known as "Capra-corn," a facile description of what you find within the populist boundaries of "Mr. Deeds Goes to Town," "Mr. Smith Goes to
"Swing Vote" lopes along and is best taken as a tale of a father and a daughter coming through a rough patch to a better place, rather than anything to do with real-world politics. The movie's insistence that the outcome of the election doesn't matter is sort of galling. The script is content to say simply that we should be smarter. Well, it's a start, I guess. I wish Costner's character weren't such a puddin'-headed write-off (by design, that is; once he begins his political home-schooling, watch out!). Costner yuks it up and sings a little and plays his guitar and reasserts, amiably, his corner of the global movie-star turf.
I like my political serio-comedies with some actual, verifiable politics tucked in there somewhere. But "Swing Vote" is far easier to take than, for example,
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