Jeff Labrecque
May 28, 2004 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Welcome to Mooseport

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
110 minutes
Wide Release Date
02/13/04
performer
Gene Hackman, Ray Romano, Heather Allin, Christine Baranski, Marcia Gay Harden, Maura Tierney
director
Donald Petrie
distributor
20th Century Fox Film Corporation
author
Doug Richardson
genre
Comedy

We gave it a C-

In Mooseport, Maine, plumber Handy (Romano) runs for mayor against former U.S. President ”Eagle” Cole (Hackman), after the newly single ex-prez takes a liking to Handy’s long-suffering girlfriend (Maura Tierney). Failing to emulate the eccentric small-town feel of ”Groundhog Day” or even ”Doc Hollywood,” ”Mooseport” is remarkably unfunny: Its jokes are as stale as Rose Garden patter, and Hackman seems unbothered by the irony of playing a living legend demeaned by humiliating circumstance. As his secretary (Marcia Gay Harden) chides him at one point, ”You used to be better than that.” EXTRAS No Romano commentary, which might have salvaged the DVD, but the deleted scene of Handy’s impromptu press conference is better than the whole movie.

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