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Swing Vote

  • Rated PG13


Kevin Costner stars in a clever, feel-good "landslide" comedy winner. An ordinary dad is inspired by his daughter to get involved with the upcoming Presidental election.

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 13
3 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
0 out of 5
0 out of 5

Lots of booze in mostly winning political comedy.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that although this comedy has a young protagonist and could serve as an entertaining -- if superficial -- introduction to the political process, most kids probably won't be that interested. Maybe just as well, since the central character is a booze-guzzling loser who's downright neglectful of his 12-year-old daughter, especially in the beginning of the movie. There's also an allusion to drug use, lots of strong language ("s--t" and the like), and some stereotypes.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about how Bud's drinking affects his life and his role as a dad. What are the real-life consequences of drinking too much? Families can also discuss the political process. Is the movie's premise -- that every vote matters -- true, or is there some validity to Bud's pronouncement that votes don't count? What's behind the apathy that many Americans feel toward elections in general? How does the media impact people's impression of the political process and their feelings about voting

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: Goes for cheap laughs with its politics, but wins back at least some respect when it presents its central characters as real people and their issues as immune to instant cure.

- Brian Webster, Apollo Guide, Thursday, June 24, 2010


- Chris Bumbray, JoBlo's Movie Emporium, Friday, February 27, 2009

Rotten: I's unclear how we're supposed to respond.

- Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press, Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Audience Reviews

1 star

The only redeeming quality of this sad, sad excuse for film is the potential of the young Carroll, however poorly the laughably puerile script may have utilized her ability.

- rjayhutchinson, Friday, July 30, 2010

3 stars

Not as bad as most people make it out to be. Yeah, not the best movie around, but it did have its' funny and sweet moments.

- dreamfaeries, Wednesday, May 5, 2010

4 stars

A funny farce that is also quite touching and very Capraesque. The central gimmick is not really possible (more than likely), but the film explains it in a way that almost makes it believable. The ending is not important. The journey matters more than the destination. The large and notable cast (including numerous cameos) are terrific. Costener is great, but Madeiline Carroll gives the stand out performance. Do yourself a favor and see this funny and inspiring tale about personal responsibility, and why it matters to not be apathetic.

- cosmo313, Saturday, March 27, 2010