Welcome to Mooseport
Entertainment: +2 1/2
Acceptability: -1

Set your mind on automatic pilot, relax and enjoy Welcome to Mooseport. When former U.S. President Monroe Cole (Gene Hackman) announces his plans to retire to his summer home in the small Maine town of Mooseport after a nasty divorce, the town leaders are ecstatic and ask him to run for mayor. Handy Harrison (Ray Romano), a good-natured handyman and bachelor, decides to throw his hat into the ring after he sees the newcomer flirting with his longtime girlfriend, Sally Mannis (Maura Tierney). The election campaign quickly turns into a circus as David and Goliath face off in debates, on the golf course and in competition for Sallys heart. Although Handy clearly loves Sally, his clumsy efforts to express his feelings simply frustrate her. Mooseport is soon overrun with TV cameras and reporters, and even the presidents venomous ex-wife (Christine Baranski) jumps into the fray.

Pure ego drives the President to run for mayor, but his arrogance and conceit are more comical than offensive. There are no sex scenes, but a sexual relationship is intimated. A few gratuitous shots of the exposed backside of an elderly male who walks around town naked provide the most shocking content in the movie, but the townspeople barely notice him. Those scenes, plus a brief shot of Handys dog trying to mate with the Presidents pet, are probably included to achieve a PG-13 rating. An s-word and a few mild obscenities and profanities mar the dialog. Welcome to Mooseport portrays decent people with idiosyncrasies, big hearts and community pride. Other than the bad language, the elders bare buttocks and a scene where drunkenness is treated as comical, it is fairly tame probably too tame for those looking for action and special effects.

Preview Reviewer: Mary Draughon
Distributor: 20th Century Fox

Crude Language: Several (8) times mild (hell 2, damn 3); strong (ass 1, SOB 2)
Obscene Language: Several (6) times mild (pee 2); moderate (crap 3), strong (s-word 1)
Profanity: Several (5) times moderate (MG 1, G-sake 2, L 1, G 1)
Violence: Few times mild (men scuffle, minor hits to mouth and head)
Sexual Intercourse: None
Nudity: Few times moderate (full rear view of male when elderly man walks around town nude)
Homosexual Conduct: None
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: Few times mild (implied sexual relationship between unmarried couple, man confronts woman about her choice of underwear for her date with the President, dogs mating)
Drug Abuse: Once moderate (women pour liquor into coffee and get drunk)
Other: None
Running Time: 100 minutes
Intended Audience: Older adults

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