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You think you’ve got competition for your girlfriend? Then, welcome to Mooseport, where the local plumber, Ray Romano, finds himself in a race for Maura Tierney’s affections- and in a race for mayor - with none other than the charismatic former President of the United States, Gene Hackman.
PROFANITY: 1 S-word, a few others. SEX/NUDITY: Fleeting male rear nudity in a non-sexual context. VIOLENCE: Some comic fighting. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Frequent alcohol drinking. ACTION: None. COMEDY: Verbal and slapstick humor; some animal-related gags.
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Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Below Average "Welcome to Mooseport's" satirical edge is dull and pitted, the screenplay is overlong and uninteresting, the comedy is soft and shapeless, and the actors perform like they're on a sit com. There's not a whole lot to like about "Welcome to Mooseport," and, considering how lively real politics can be these days, you're likely to get more entertainment from watching two hours of CSPAN.
Roger EbertFull Review Good Whether the movie works or not depends on the charm of the actors. Hackman could charm the chrome off a trailer hitch. Romano is more of the earnest, aw-shucks, sincere, well-meaning kind of guy whose charm is inner and only peeks out occasionally. They work well together here, and Tierney does a heroic job of playing a character who doesn't know how the story will end, when everybody else, in the cast and in the audience, has an excellent idea.
USA TodayFull Review Average David Mamet handled such small-town whimsy better in 2000's State and Main. Hackman could play his role in his sleep, but Romano is asleep. Result: Welcome to Mildport, and that's being kind.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
We collected 136 moviegoer opinions. I certainly enjoyed "Welcome to Mooseport," but it looks as though many didn't care much for it. These aren't real bad opinions, they're just quite a bit lower than I would have thought. The first problem is the relatively low number of "Fantastic" and "Excellent" opinions. This, coupled with most of the opinions being in the "Very Good" to "Good" range, indicates an average to slightly below average movie. Fortunately, very few truly disliked this movie, so I can still recommend it because I'm certain most of you will enjoy it, at least to some degree. However, you may want to save a few bucks and see a matinee. If you miss it at theaters, it will make an excellent rental.
The sleepy Maine community has all the accoutrements of idyllic small town
life: a little park and gazebo, quaint architecture, a moose that wanders
through the streets, and lots of friendly townsfolk, including the proprietor of
the local hardware store, Handy Harrison (Ray Romano) and his veterinarian
girlfriend Sally (Maura Tierney).
Mooseport also just happens to be the vacation home for the leader of the
free world: Monroe "Eagle” Cole, the President of the United States (Gene
Hackman). Following two successful terms, the wildly popular President is ready
to retire to his "Mooseport White House,” publish his memoirs and embark on
a series of lucrative speaking engagements. "The Eagle Has Landed!” proclaim
the Mooseport headlines when Cole arrives in the Maine town, along with his
devoted executive secretary Grace Sutherland (Marcia Gay Harden) and young PR
director Bullard (Fred Savage).
But Eagle's retirement is delayed when the folks of Mooseport convince the
former President to run for Mayor. At the same time, he sparks to Sally –
unaware that she is Handy's girlfriend. And Sally, frustrated by Handy's
inattentiveness, doesn't resist Eagle's flirtations.
When a jealous Handy announces HIS candidacy for mayor, Eagle is dumbfounded.
"I'm running for mayor against the man who's installing my toilets!” he
rails. And in the heat of his toughest campaign to date, Eagle's first date
with Sally receives the kind of media scrutiny usually reserved for a summit
meeting. ("Eagle Lays an Egg” say the pundits when she rejects his goodnight
kiss. Ouch!) Handy, in turn, sees himself in a race for Mayor and boyfriend.
As the campaign kicks into high gear, things get even wilder in this once
quiet town. Eagle and Handy's closely-watched debate seems to hang on a game
of Rock/Paper/Scissors, the former president's Secret Service agents suggest
that he have Handy "eliminated,” and Eagle's ex-wife (Christine Baranski)
is campaigning for Handy. Even Eagle's veteran campaign manager, Bert Langdon
(Rip Torn), can't make sense of this "David and Goliath” battle.
But one thing both the Handy and Eagle camps can agree on: Mooseport isn't
small enough for both of them!