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At Theaters: 2/20/2004 On Video: 5/25/2004
Rated: PG-13 Length: 1 hr. 55 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 429931
Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
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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.
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Comedy - This is a low-key comedy that is not so much interested in big laughs than eliciting smiles. Objectionable content is fairly minimal, but children will be bored.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Gene Hackman RUNAWAY JURY, THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS
Ray Romano ICE AGE
Marcia Gay Harden MYSTIC RIVER, POLLOCK, DESPERATE MEASURES
Director: Donald Petrie HOW TO LOSE A GUY IN 10 DAYS
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Production Information
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Content Heading
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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Very Mixed

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Berardinelli, Internet Critic Full 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 Ebert Full 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 Today Full 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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Based on an Exit Polling of 136 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
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Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
9
Fairly High
100%
13-19Teens (F)
4
Fairly High
75%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
10
Fairly High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
14
About 50/50
93%
30+Adults (M)
38
About 50/50
92%
30+Adults (F)
61
Fairly High
90%
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Moviegoer Opinions:

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.

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Welcome to Mooseport.

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!

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