“I had dignity once. Does anybody remember that?” – Monroe Cole
Number of Times Seen – Twice (3 May 2009 and 5 Apr 2021)
Brief Synopsis – A retired President moves to his summer home and decides to run for Mayor against a local handyman.
My Take on it – Really fun political comedy that works due to the charming nature of both Gene Hackman and Ray Romano.
The two of them work so well off one another that it helps make things feel even more realistic as it all unfolds.
They do a wonderful job of keeping the story fun and light while still engaging the whole way through.
Romano is mostly seen as a comedian on TV, but he carries this role quite well when dealing with both politics and romance which are so far removed from the what he is known for.
His characters finds ways to pepper in some one liners along the way which shows how adept he is at keeping things humorous as the story unfolds.
The supporting cast is also superb with Fred Savage, Maura Tierney, Christine Baranksi, Rip Torn and Marcia Gay Harden helping keep things so entertaining the whole way through.
This is Hackman’s last on screen performance and he does a nice job in his swansong.
They do a great job here showing the fine line between local and national politics because in the end, politics is politics and it matters little on what level.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – During the election, a newscaster announces that there is twenty minutes left in the election; at that moment there are exactly 20 minutes left in the movie. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)
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