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Welcome to Mooseport (2004)

Cast: Gene Hackman, Gene Hackman, Ray Romano, more...
Director: Donald Petrie
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Studio: 20th Century Fox
Genre: Comedies
Running Time: 115 min.
Languages: English, Spanish, French
Subtitles: English, Spanish
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Hollywood filmmaker Donald Petrie directs the comedy Welcome to Mooseport. Gene Hackman stars as former U.S. President Monroe "The Eagle" Cole. He's retired to the small New England town of Mooseport, ME, in order to write his memoirs and relax. The retirement is put on hold, however, when he's persuaded to run for mayor of the town. Meanwhile, local hardware store owner and plumber Handy Harrison (Ray Romano) is just the sort of plaid-shirted everyman to run against him. Cole seems a sure win in the race, especially with his loyal personal assistants (Marcia Gay Harden and Fred Savage) aiding his every move. The competition gets even more severe when Handy's sweetheart Sally (Maura Tierney) comes between the two men. Welcome to Mooseport also stars Christine Baranski and Rip Torn. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, All Movie Guide

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Unwelcome by talltale May 24, 2004 - 6:31 AM PDT
5 out of 7 members found this review helpful
WELCOME TO MOOSEPORT is a perfect example of the gap between a TV "star" and a real actor/movie star. As its "hero," Ray Romano gives a charmless, one-note performance, which may simply be an extension of what he does on TV--and which probably works there due to the lowered expectations of the medium. (I can't say because I've never seen his show.) But here, working with "pros" such as Gene Hackman, Marcia Gay Harden, and even Christine Baranski (who got her start in theatre), Romano comes off as third-rate, at best. It doesn't help that this movie is also slow-paced and tired, with little sense of comedy timing and some truly terribly supporting actors mugging their hearts (and faces) out. There are a couple of good scenes and a few smiles, but hardly any outright laughs. No wonder this one bombed.

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