Monday, December 27, 2004

Welcome to Mooseport 

Lots of names and lots of fun in this movie about a mayoral race between former US president Monroe Cole (Gene Hackman) who moves into his Maine vacation home after losing his Maryland house in a bitter divorce, and Handy Harrison (Ray Romano), the local plumber and hardware store owner. Adding to the competition is Cole's interest in Handy's long-term girlfriend Sally (Maura Tierney - yay!), the local veterinarian who is tired of waiting for Handy to take a risk and commit.

Contributing to the star-studded fun are Christine Baranski, Marcia Gay Harden, Fred Savage and Rip Torn.

The ex-president and his staff try to maneuver the potential risks and rewards of a small town campaign that was supposed to be a symbolic gesture, while Handy tries to make sense of his own choices and what's really important to him. Sally and Grace (Monroe Coles' chief of staff, Marcia Gay Harden) each try to deal with both stagnation and change in their lives and those around them. The golf course snack shop scene between Sally and Grace is understated perfection for these two fabulous actors.

My biggest question after this DVD, which I watched twice since The Girl fell asleep at the first very late-night viewing, was why is it that when Maura Tierney wears old jeans or cargo pants, a t-shirt and a flannel shirt she looks great, but when I wear it I'm a slob? I just don't understand.

Reality Check: The Girl enjoyed this one too, and thinks that Maura Tierney can wear anything and look great because she's a movie star and that's just the way things are.

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Posted by Beth Henderson at 1:37 PM