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The Swing Vote Campaign That You Should Have Seen

13 Responses to “The Swing Vote Campaign That You Should Have Seen”

  1. bluelouboyle says:

    Funny stuff. Have you seen it, Dave? Any good?
    Trailer makes it look like Tin Cup with Politics. Which could be good, as I love Tin Cup.

  2. SpooneyG says:

    Ha! Those are great, I especially love the reference to the grade school elections in the first one, that cracks me up.
    I have a chance to go to a Swing Vote screening tonight if I can just get out of work in time. I really want to get to it — I definitely feel like this movie is going to have some elements of Dave and some of Tin Cup.

  3. RoyBatty says:

    These have been up on YouTube for two months. I think they have been seen, just not by enough to matter.

  4. chris says:

    It is not good, bluelou. But I didn’t like ‘Tin Cup,” either.

  5. Dunderchief says:

    I liked Tin Cup, but this thing should be avoided like the plague. It will hurt your brain, it’s so bad.

  6. Cadavra says:

    Good God, am I the only one who recognizes this picture as a stone rip-off of Garson Kanin’s THE GREAT MAN VOTES, right down to the little girl? When did plagiarism no longer become a crime?

  7. scooterzz says:

    actually, the post recognized it some time ago…

  8. Wrecktum says:

    Swing Vote is good. Don’t let the haters hate.

  9. scooterzz says:

    wrecktum — i didn’t hate it but i sure didn’t like it… i’m guessing it’s going to sink pretty fast…. there’s a whole lotta forced charm going on in this one…..

  10. LexG says:

    But doesn’t much of middle America love Costner’s charm, forced or not?
    Dude is a WAY bigger draw to this day than he gets H-Town credit for; Most of America still loves this guy and will follow him just about anywhere… though wonk-ish political satire tends to flop even when well-done.

  11. bluelouboyle says:

    Costner should do another western. Open Range was fantastic. If he can do that on $15 million…

  12. scooterzz says:

    lex — you’re right about the charm thing…and this movie prob won’t lose any money…. it just isn’t very good…. i guess i just want my time back….
    and — there’s a part of me that thinks audiences don’t want to see an election movie any more than they want to see a ‘sand’ movie…..i’m thinkin’ a different title might’ve been a good move….

  13. Joe Leydon says:

    Have you noticed the split between “Top Critics” and the entire critical mass over at Rotten Tomatoes? 77 % percent of the top critics give Swing Vote upbeat notices. But when all the critics are counted — only 31 % approve. Does this say something about the divide between established critics (most of them writing for MSM) and lesser-known reviewers (most of them writing for other outlets)?

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