Friday, July 31, 2009
I was surprised by how much I liked this film. Sure it's cheesy and improbably, but highly watchable and rather touching. I cried, alright? I'll admit it. And it was more than a one tissue tear-fest. First off, Molly Johnson, a fifth grader, is inspiring and brave and resilient and has a sad life. If her screwed-up dad didn't love her as much as he clearly does, I'd have had trouble watching this film. Here's a synopsis from IMDB:
November, 2004, New Mexico. Bud is a slacker with one good thing in his life, his engaging fifth-grade daughter Molly. On election day, Bud is supposed to meet her at the polling place. When he doesn't show, she sneaks a ballot and is about to vote when the power goes off. It turns out that New Mexico's electoral votes will decide the contest, and there it's tied with one vote needing recasting - Bud's. The world's media and both presidential candidates, including the current President, descend on Bud in anticipation of his re-vote in two weeks. Can the clueless Bud, even with the help of Molly and a local TV reporter, handle this responsibility?
So, this one is no award winning film, but Costner is convincing as a world class screw up and the film brings up issues of politics and the desperate, win at any cost, struggle to the white house. It reminds us of the people who are out there hurting and the faith and hope they place on their leaders to do something good with their position. It reminds me of the current health care issue and how desperately I am praying for some resolution that would provide people I love, both family and friends, with much needed health care that they'll likely never be able to afford independently.
I would recommend this film--it's certainly worth a rent!