Donald Petrie’s amusing 2004 comedy is the last film to date of Gene Hackman, who is 87 on 30 January 2014.
Hackman plays retired US president Monroe Cole, who returns to his home town of Mooseport, Maine, where he runs for mayor against a local candidate – hardware store owner Handy Harrison (Ray Romano). These are good roles for Hackman and Romano and they play them well.
The writers are Doug Richardson (story) and Tom Schulman (screenplay).
Also in the cast are Marcia Gay Harden, Maura Tierney, Christine Baranski, Fred Savage, Rip Torn, Wayne Robson, John Rothman, Edward Herrmann and June Squibb.
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