Welcome To Mooseport

DVD Reviews | Mar 4th, 2005

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Starring Gene Hackman, Ray Romano, Marcia Gay Harden, Maura Tierney, Christine Baranski, Fred Savage, Rip Torn, June Squibb,
Written By: Doug Richardson, Tom Schulman
Directed By: Donald Petrie
Studio: 20th Century Fox
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I think I blinked and this movie was out of theaters. Kind of a short theater run and now I kind of know why. The movie wasn’t really funny, and was just kind of so-so to me. Could have been a lot better.

Welcome to Mooseport is about a former President of the United States, Monroe “Eagle” Cole (Gene Hackman) retiring to a small town in Maine. The mayor of the town dies and President Cole gets asked if he wants to have the position of Mayor, without anyone running against him. He agrees but then they find out that the local handyman/plumber, Handy Harrsion (Ray Romano) is also going to run. At first, Handy was going to drop out, but then his girlfriend gets hit on by the President and she agrees to go on a date to spite Handy. He stays in the race and tries to win back his girlfriend as well. Meanwhile, The President’s ex-wife comes to Maine and tries to throw off the President’s A game, and that just makes the President even madder at Handy, because he thinks he had something to do with it. Handy and the President try to play a little game of politics with Handy’s girlfriend Sally and at the election.

The movie had a lot of good actors and actresses in this, but it just wasn’t really funny. I can’t remember a moment in the movie where I chuckled or burst out with laughter. Some scenes I thought were okay but overall the movie didn’t have scenes that were laugh out loud funny. I thought with Ray “Getting Billions” Romano would make the movie funny but he just plain sucked. The guy can’t act and he probably knows it. His only style of acting is good for sitcoms. But then again, this was his first starring role in a movie. Gene Hackman was better in this than he was. Shit, even Fred Savage is a better actor than Ray Romano haha. Obviously, I’m not a Everybody Loves Raymond fan. The movie was also too long. They could have shorten it by 20 minutes or so. I also didn’t like the romantic angle to it and I think they should have just stuck with the politics of the movie, it would have made it more interesting.

The extras aren’t that great. There’s 6 deleted or extended scenes, but nothing that made me say, hey that needs to be back in the movie. Frankly, there should have been more deleted scenes so they could have made the movie shorter haha. There’s a funny outtake reel on here, and it’s nice to see everybody mess up their lines. I didn’t listen to the commentary with the director, but I’m sure people interested in this movie will want to check it out.

The movie has a few decent, sort of funny scenes but this movie was lacking something that I just can’t put my finger on. Ray Romano should spend all that millions of dollars from his TV show on acting school.

– Full-Length Audio Commentary By Director Donald Petrie
– 6 Deleted Scenes With Optional Director’s Commentary
– Outtake Reel

ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 CC S
PANISH: Dolby Digital Surround
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Surround

Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)


Favorite Scenes: The golf scene was pretty funny, the naked old man was not funny.
Rating: PG-13
Running Time: 0 minutes
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