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Common Sense Media says

Lots of booze in mostly winning political comedy.

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(out of 6 reviews)
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Parent of a 14 year old Written byTsion April 5, 2010

Somewhat Funnt, but Not Very Good...

SWING VOTE is modeled like an old-fashioned Capra comedy along the lines of MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON. That's what it's modeled after. Unfortunately, this film lacks the one thing that makes Capra films so endearing: a sympathetic, likeable hero. The hero in this film is Bud Johnson (Kevin Costner), a trashy drunk who somehow manages to keep his daughter Molly (Madeline Carroll) away from CPS even though she's the one who wakes him up in the morning, makes him breakfast, and drives him home when he's too drunk to function. That's the one main flaw in this otherwise charming movie: the hero is a jerk. The plot of the movie picks up speed when Bud realizes that the entire Presidential election has come down to him. Bummer for the nation. There's no violence or sexual content, however, language is constant and consists of countless "d**n"s, "s**t"s, "hell"s, and one barely audible "f**k". The presidential candidates and their advisors are portrayed as greedy people who seek only to further their own partisan agendas. And, the hero is a trashy drunk. Really the only good role model in the film is Bud's daughter, who is smart, honest, and patriotic. Drinking is to complete excess. There are also several hilarious but off-color segments mocking gay marriage, illegal immigration, and abortion. SWING VOTE is a fine comedy that has some good performances and several hilarious moments. However, it does not live up to its expectation as a smart, funny comedy. The weak link of this film is at its center, and unfortunately, no amount of gags or Kelsey Grammar can change that.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Parent of a 4, 6, and 8 year old Written by3girlsmom March 26, 2009

bad language

I did like the storyline, but the language killed the movie for me. The f-word is in there multiple times and other inappropriate language, although that's the character they're trying to portray. There is also a lot of drinking and irresponsibility, but I can tolerate/accept that more.
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Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 11 years old January 5, 2014

Swing Vote

When 12-year-old Molly(Madeline Carroll,Flipped) sneaks into the local polling place and tries to vote on behalf of her loser father,(Kevin Costner, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves). However,the voting machines shut down, but the ballot is registered, but there is no decision on which president gets the vote, so sone the whole election comes down to one vote: Bud's. Both presidents ( Kelsey Grammer as the Republican, Dennis Hopper as the Democrat) tries to get Bud to vote on their side- with hilarious results. Swing Vote has a great mix of drama and comedy. With a great plot, great acting, and some big laughs, Swing Vote is sure to be a hit with your family and friends. I orginally rented this film because of Madeline Carroll, who played Molly. I enjoyed her in Flipped, and in other films such as ''The Spy Next Door'' and ''Mr,Popper's Penguins.'' She played a great role in this film and had remarkable chemistry with the other actors. Swing Vote grossed $ 17,634,313 worldwide with $ 6,230,669 on it's opening weekend, making it #6 at the boxoffice. It got 38% on Rotten Tomatoes, and they said,''Despite Kevin Costner providing his most charismatic performance in years, Swing Vote fails to find the right mix of political satire and heartfelt drama.'' SW also got 47% on Metacritic. All in all, If you enjoy comedy- drama films, then will enjoy Swing Vote very much. Content is OK, but there is some very strong language not that is not appropriate for young kids. Besides, Swing Vote is a great film.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 10 years old January 18, 2009
Adult Written byjoolz_43344 January 18, 2009

it was okay

It had a nice point - to go out and vote. But I thought it was one of the weakest movies Kevin Costner has played in. All actors just seemed over dramatic. I dunno if it was the drinking and swearing that made him that way, but it just seemed a bit silly.
Kid, 9 years old December 4, 2008

very good movie

my sister saw at 6 it's not that bad for language etc.