#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – November, 2004, New Mexico. Bud is a slacker with one good thing in his life, his engaging fifth-grade daughter Molly. On election day, Bud is supposed to meet her at the polling place. When he doesn’t show, she sneaks a ballot and is about to vote when the power goes off. It turns out that New Mexico’s electoral votes will decide the contest, and there it’s tied with one vote needing recasting – Bud’s. The world’s media and both presidential candidates, including the current President, descend on Bud in anticipation of his re-vote in two weeks. Can the clueless Bud, even with the help of Molly and a local TV reporter, handle this responsibility?
Plot: In a remarkable turn of events, the result of the presidential election comes down to one man’s vote.
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Get Smart and Vote – Coaster and Carroll Charm and Convict Us
It sounds implausible and impossiblethat a man’s accidental flub-up in the voting booth causes his vote to stall the election and coincidentally determine the next U.S. President. But Swing Vote has a great time using that as a platform to tell a really cool tale.
Besides, the movie wants to move past that impossibility anyway (suspension of disbelief, right?), and into the fun stuff. Swing Vote isn’t necessarily about the likelihood of the above-mentioned phenomenon occurring; it’s about bigger things, things like the nature of freedom in America, the right to vote, politicians and their campaigns, and various issues that unite and divide America as a nation.
Ernest “Bud” Johnson (Kevin Costner) is a beer-drinking, blue-collar simpleton whose wife left both him and his daughter, Molly, for a Nashville singing career. Molly (Madeline Carroll), a precocious little girl who is passionate about politics and the preservation of her country, and unfortunately for her, Bud couldn’t care less, even if her were sober. Molly seems to be the parent in the relationship, taking care of Bud’s daily hangovers and prodding him to get up for work.
Molly is in constant frustration with her father’s apathy toward life and her interests, and is perturbed when Bud seemingly sets in motion an ironic, history-making turn of events where his vote actually ends up being the deciding factor in the election. This forces the Presidential candidates to campaign only to win Bud’s vote. Along the way we are treated to a satirical look at the lengths campaign managers and the candidates will go simply to get a vote.
How this plays out is both hilarious and sobering, as well as inspiring and totally enjoyablethanks to some good storytelling and direction, as well as an excellent cast of talented actors who make this movie shine. The brightest stars on the screen, however, are Kevin Costner and Madeline Carroll as Bud and Molly. Costner has found a perfect role in the dimwitted Bud, and Carroll as Molly is a brilliant young actor whose performance almost brought me to tears at one point.
Like I mentioned before, though, Swing Vote is not a simple “voting is your civic duty” story. While the importance of voting is emphasized as both a privilege and a blessing in a great country, Swing Vote goes over the issues that affect daily life in America, and through the story reminds us how we can take some sort of action to better that life.
However, Swing Vote is careful not to play too much on the emotional arguments regarding various issues like abortion, immigration and gay marriage, making the movie all the more charming. There are a few emotionally charged scenes in the movie that give weight to the hilarity throughout, but within the context of the film, the story never speaks in self-righteousness.
At one point, Molly makes a simple yet convicting commentary about how much she appreciates her father at a “Bring Your Father to School” Day. Without giving too much away, Molly’s emotional message about her father is a hopeful and heart-wrenching commentary about the beauty and freedom of America, along with the tragic complacency and apathy of its people.
And rather than going down the typical Hollywood route and picking a more liberal stance, Swing Vote instead manages to poke fun at everyone on both “sides” of various issues. It carefully gives respect to all Americans, while pointing out absurdities in America’s political process. Although the mockery is at times absolutely hilarious, the film’s humor never ventures into the vile and mean-spirited. There is purpose behind all the fun, and it is carefully crafted into the story, with the goal of giving a message of hope and focusing on the (hopefully) common goal of compassion, care, peace, and freedom to all people (to all Americans, anyway).
In that sense, Swing Vote could almost be seen as patriotic (even the movie’s production design seems to have red, white, and blue hues throughout). There are many inspiring moments that make you think, “Wow, America is a great country,” and “Shame on me for taking my freedom for granted.” Okay, well, that’s a little simplistic; but you’ll understand what I mean: Swing Vote is an American story with a clear and powerful message.
It may be convicting in its truthful satire and simple wit, but it is also encouraging in that it promotes the hope that we can make a better country by actively changing (ourselves and our country) and refusing to passively observe our nation’s future unfold… not only for us, but for generations to come.
Interesting, and humorous, but…
Gave this a nice 5/10 because half of it was good, half of it was not.
It started off pretty charismatic, introducing a young and devoted daughter in a broken home. I liked the movie already, given it’s realism. A few “lazy guy” jokes later, it gets into the plot. The election is close. Not by distance, it’s election DAY. But both candidates are very much at 50/50%.
The protagonist, Bud, doesn’t want to vote. His daughter sneaks past a sleepy poll booth guy, and votes for him. A malfunction occurs when the power is cut. She sneaks out with the stub. She WALKS to the bar and DRIVES a TRUCK home. She’s like, 11. But whatever, she’s semi-intelligent. But the movie doesn’t even try to explain how she manages it. The next day, the error is detected and some officials are sent to Bud and give him 10 days to vote again.
It’s kind of hinted at, Bud tells this officials, “Why can’t I just… whisper it to you…?” so he can get on with his life. No, that would be TOO simple, wouldn’t it? So ten days it is.
Cue presidential managers, the driving force behind both platforms. The movie doesn’t exactly fall flat from here, but it’s a bit predictable that it soon will. It’s them that really make the presidents look like jackasses.
On various occasions, the presidents appeal to Bud’s simplistic good nature to get his vote. It’s a humorous process, seeing a republican promising gay rights, and a democrat giving a pro-Life campaign.
Cue sad part. The daughter falls out with her father. She finds her boy/friend, same age, ALSO manages to drive a truck down a highway in what the movie made look like a rather long ride. No cops. No logic. It skips the explanation for a second time.
So far this sounds pretty harsh, and I DID like the movie, for the first half. But as soon as the “sad part” started, it didn’t pick back up. The movie forgot it was a comedy and drifted into a drama. Introducing the drug-addict mother who shakes and jitters as she tries to explain to her daughter that she’ll be famous any second now. Daughter learns truth, goes back with dad.
Bud, by the end of the movie sees the “error of his ways”, or whatever, and hosts a special type of presidential debate.
Bud smiles at his daughter as he pulls the curtain over the voting booth, end movie. Angry at first, but then I understood why it didn’t show us who he voted for. I appreciated that the movie stayed neutral.
But at the end, I didn’t appreciate how the movie just dropped it’s comedic value.
A 5/10 may be a bit harsh but I did not, by any means, hate the movie. I enjoyed it. But there are just as many holes of logic and explanation as there are in the political system.
Original Language en
Runtime 2 hr (120 min)
Genre Comedy, Drama
Director Joshua Michael Stern
Writer Jason Richman, Joshua Michael Stern, David Giammarco (additional dialogue)
Actors Kevin Costner, Madeline Carroll, Paula Patton, Kelsey Grammer
Awards 1 nomination.
Production Company Treehouse Films, Touchstone Pictures
Sound Mix SDDS, Dolby Digital, DTS
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Camera Arricam LT, Cooke S4 and Angenieux Optimo Lenses, Arriflex 535B, Cooke S4 and Angenieux Optimo Lenses, Clairmont Cameras and Lenses
Laboratory DeLuxe, Hollywood (CA), USA, Laser Pacific Media Corporation, Los Angeles (CA), USA (digital intermediate)
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm (Kodak Vision2 500T 5218)
Cinematographic Process Digital Intermediate (2K) (master format), Super 35 (3-perf) (source format)
Printed Film Format 35 mm (anamorphic) (Kodak Vision 2383), D-Cinema