WELCOME TO MOOSEPORT
Fuzzy Political Correctness
Release Date: February 20, 2004
Starring: Gene Hackman, Ray Romano,
Marcia Gay Harden, Maura
Tierney, Christine Baranski,
Fred Savage, and Rip Torn
Audience: Teenagers and adults
Runtime: 90 minutes
Distributor: 20th Century Fox
Director: Donald Petrie
Schulman and Basil Iwanyk
Producer: Tom Schulman and Basil
Iwanyk EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS:
Rory Rosegarten, David
Coatsworth, Moritz Borman, and
Writer: Tom Schulman
Address Comments To:Peter Chernin, Chairman and CEO
The Fox Group
Tom Rothman and Jim Gianopulos, Chairmen
Fox Filmed Entertainment
20th Century Fox Film Corp.
A division of Fox, Inc. and News Corp.
10201 West Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90035
Phone: (310) 369-1000
In the movie, the President of the United States, Monroe "Eagle" Cole – played too predictably by Gene Hackman – is retiring to his Mooseport, Maine summer home. He has a future of lucrative speaking engagements and book deals as the most popular president ever in the White House. The town council convinces him to run for mayor. He agrees because his wife divorced him during his tenure as president, and now the only way he can keep the Mooseport house from her evil clutches is to indicate, by running for mayor, that he is really a resident of the town.
What the town council didn’t realize, however, is that the owner of the local hardware store, Handy Harrison, played by Ray Romano, has just thrown his hat into the ring by filing with the town clerk just before the deadline. Handy has no skeletons in his closet. He is an all-around nice guy, except for the fact that he’s never proposed to his veterinarian girlfriend Sally, although they’ve been dating and evidently sleeping together for many years. When Eagle Cole asks Sally out on a date, Handy decides to fight for her and really run for mayor.
Now, Cole’s future is at stake. The national press is portraying him as a laughingstock, so he makes it his point to win and get the girl. He brings in his political team, including Rip Torn playing his long-time campaign manager, and starts to engage in every dirty trick in the book. From fistfights, to rock-paper-scissors, to wagering, the movie moves toward an ending which indicates that love and principles really matter.
This ending is within the context of a very liberal worldview, however. Nobody sees anything wrong with Handy’s cohabitation, strong obscenities abound, an elderly nude runner is a joke throughout the movie, and off-color comments are seen as natural. Therefore, the very content of the movie goes against its conclusion that both men should have been more principled.
WELCOME TO MOOSEPORT could have been a cute movie. It is not, and it’s not worth spending a few dollars to get to the last third. If you want to see it, wait until it comes to TV.
WELCOME TO MOOSEPORT is a lackluster spoof peppered with foul language and politically correct comments that didn’t elicit any laughs from the audience. The last third starts to come together when the movie moves toward an ending which indicates that love and principles matter. This ending is within the context of a liberal worldview, however. Nobody sees anything wrong, for instance, with Handy’s sexual relationship with Sally. MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution.