Welcome to Mooseport

2004, Comedy, 1h 50m

145 Reviews 10,000+ Ratings

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A bland comedy that squanders a talented cast. Read critic reviews

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To recover from a vicious divorce, former U.S. President Monroe Cole (Gene Hackman) retires to his vacation home in sleepy Mooseport, Maine. When the local town council approaches him to run for mayor in the upcoming election, Cole agrees. As he campaigns against his rival, Handy Harrison (Ray Romano), the owner of the local hardware store, Cole comes to learn that well-oiled, sophisticated political machinations have no place in a small town with a friendly populace.

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  • Feb 08, 2021
    Quickly built around the popularity of television's Ray Romano, this imagines what would happen if an internationally respected politician (Gene Hackman) would run for the mayorship of a small New England town. While the work telegraphs practically every move made in it, the cast plays along with the stereotypical characters and keeps the predictable bits entertaining and even a little fun. Worthy of a smile or two.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Apr 11, 2008
    A decent comedy about two men running against each other for mayor in a small town.Plunger the dog is awesome.
    Daryl . Super Reviewer
  • Dec 24, 2007
    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.
    Daniel P Super Reviewer
  • Aug 27, 2007
    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.
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