Welcome To Mooseport (2004)
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 and his veterinarian girlfriend Sally. 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. 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. 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. So, when a jealous Handy announces HIS candidacy for mayor, Eagle is dumbfounded. 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. … More
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Critic Reviews for Welcome To Mooseport
It's a snooze on every level.
Devoid of wit and point.
Means to satirize the TV-fueled carnivalesque nature of American electoral politics but only demonstrates the TV-fueled debasement of American commercial comedy.
[Mooseport is] like the pound cake of movies -- nice and safe and sweet, but not really worth recommending.
Gets old faster than uncovered cheese.
Welcome--now get out.
Whose story is this? Nobody's. We don't know whom we're meant to root for...
This lackluster production fails to generate much in the way of tension and less in the way of merriment.
The movie never takes its material far enough, it's never daring, it's never edgy, it's never satiric. It's just, well, it's just TV.
Charming, little comedy that amuses from start to finish.
The script is so weak, so illogical, so bereft of actual humour that it takes the considerable charm of the cast merely to prop it up.
This comedy about politics in a small community must have looked good on paper, with Gene Hackman and Ray Romano on board, but it just fizzles.
Clunkily earthbound as its characters and the situations plod forward while never getting anywhere.
Lord knows we need to laugh about politics, but when it comes to salving our Oval Office wounds, Welcome to Mooseport is like taking a baby aspirin for pneumonia...
Not even accidentally amusing, is dumber than a Lyndon Larouche campaign, and features a love story that can only be described as icky. Make that two love stories, and they're both icky.
The comedy quotient, waning from the start, becomes nonexistent whenever it's placed in Romano's clumsy mitts.
a political satire that wants to be little more than a warm'n'fuzzy comedy
Prima facie evidence of Hollywood's virtual January-February non-compete clause... and proof that sustained effort does not a desirable final product make.
Audience Reviews for Welcome To Mooseport
No work of art but a pleasant silly comedy which is unfortunately damaged by a very dull Ray Romano in one of the leads. Sadly this seems to be the film Hackman chose to close out his career.More
This movie has a great and seemingly original premise, but I think that was all Gene Hackman found out about it before signing on... Ray Romano is his usual boring self, but Hackman is complemented by unsung TV vets Maura Tierney and a surprisingly good Fred Savage, as well as the usual Marcia Gay Harden. The script was okay, the plot was fine, but the filming was so formulaic that this one is really a chore to sit all the way through.More
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