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Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Swing Vote

Swing Vote premiered on August 1:

Via: Arianna Huffington

The makers of Swing Vote, the new film starring Kevin Costner, have pulled off a rare double play, producing a smart political satire that is also heartfelt and moving. It's also a film that turns out to be remarkably relevant to the 2008 race.

Costner plays Ernie "Bud" Johnson, a beer-drinking, unemployed resident of Texico, New Mexico who as fate -- and a voting machine error -- would have it, will single-handedly decide a presidential election (sure, it's high concept, but don't forget that in 2000 New Mexico was decided by just 366 votes). The media descends on him, as do both presidential candidates and their win-at-all-costs campaign managers.

The film has lots to say about -- and gets plenty of laughs from -- the evils of modern campaigns: pollsters, lobbyists, focus groups, and the inevitable mudslinging and negative ads. The film features a bunch of satiric smear ads launched by the competing candidates -- incumbent GOP President Andrew Boone (Kelsey Grammar) and his Democratic challenger, Donald Greenleaf (Dennis Hopper).

Check out these ads:

Why Vote For Donald Greenleaf?

Smear Ad Attacks the Incumbent

Side-Splitting Spin-off of 3 a.m. Campaign Ad

Another Political Ad Parody!

Funny presidential campaign smear ad!!

And, finally, the actual trailer for the film:

Swing State Trailer

Looks like fun!

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Blogger Stan Matuska said...

Looks like a good movie for the dollar theatre.

title="comment permalink">August 06, 2008 7:46 AM  

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