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Welcome to Mooseport (2004)

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Critic Consensus: A bland comedy that squanders a talented cast.

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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 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.

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Cast

Ray Romano
as Handy Harrison
Gene Hackman
as Monroe Cole
Marcia Gay Harden
as Grace Sutherland
Maura Tierney
as Sally Mannis
Christine Baranski
as Charlotte Cole
Fred Savage
as Bullard
Rip Torn
as Bert Langdon
Wayne Robson
as Morris Gutman
Edward Herrmann
as Debate Moderator
Natalie Brown
as Laurie Smith
Paul McGuire
as Local Reporter Chip
Heather Allin
as Local Reporter Heather
J.C. Kenny
as Local Reporter J.C.
Diana Platts
as Fox Newscaster Jane
Peter Snider
as Fox Newscaster Bill
Dan Duran
as Local News Anchor Daryl
Pat Moffatt
as Council Woman
Jayne Eastwood
as Lucy Decker
Diane Gordon
as Elderly Woman on Street
Armando Tosquellas
as Grizzled Tattooed Driver
Carly Street
as Pig 'n' Whistle Waitress
Catherine Burdon
as Flight Representative
Enis Esmer
as Airport Passenger
Deborah Glover
as Airport Passenger
Adam Bramble
as Smitty the Cook
Michael Kinney
as Secret Service Agent
Mark Kersey
as One Man Band
Sam Moses
as Hardware Store Customer
Krista Sutton
as Live Newscaster
Dawn Greenhalgh
as Coffee Shop Waitress
Jeff Gruich
as Bar Patron No. 1
Andrew Moodie
as Bar Patron No. 2
Doug Murray (II)
as Bar Patron No. 3
Jackie Laidlaw
as Townsperson No. 2
Andy Hirsch
as Radio DJ Danny
Arlin Miller
as Radio DJ Jim
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Critic Reviews for Welcome to Mooseport

All Critics (144) | Top Critics (40)

It's a snooze on every level.

March 4, 2004
New York Observer
Top Critic

Devoid of wit and point.

February 26, 2004 | Rating: 1/4
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

Means to satirize the TV-fueled carnivalesque nature of American electoral politics but only demonstrates the TV-fueled debasement of American commercial comedy.

February 24, 2004
Village Voice
Top Critic

[Mooseport is] like the pound cake of movies -- nice and safe and sweet, but not really worth recommending.

February 23, 2004
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Pretty skimpy on fun.

February 21, 2004 | Full Review…
Salon.com
Top Critic

Gets old faster than uncovered cheese.

February 20, 2004
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Welcome to Mooseport

½

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.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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 Perry
Daniel Perry

Super Reviewer

It is a pretty good movie. Ray Romano is great, as usual. The concept was neat. A good comedy.

Andrew Fillmore
Andrew Fillmore

Super Reviewer

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