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Swing Vote

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Bud (Kevin Costner) is your everyday delinquent single father. Most of the time, he’s so hungover, he can’t even get his daughter Molly (Madeline Carroll) to school on time. But in a presidential race where the outcome rests on a single vote, he becomes the center of national attention after his ballot is negated by a computer glitch. As a result, he gets to vote again, and since he will decide the fate of the candidates, the national media descends upon the tiny New Mexico town he calls home. The outcome of Swing Vote is predictable, but it sure does take a long time to get there. You know that Bud will come to understand the significance of the election process, and you know the two presidential candidates (Kelsey Grammer and Dennis Hopper) will flip-flop on the issues just to secure his vote, yet they too will have a change of heart. And despite all this, you can’t help rooting for Bud and his precocious young daughter, who is the mouthpiece for everything a democracy should be. **1/2

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