Ray Romano makes his theatrical debut in Welcome to Mooseport, squaring off against Oscar-winner Gene Hackman. Romano plays a plumber seeking the election of mayor, and Hackman plays the former President of the United States of America, who is also seeking the status of mayor.
No one went to go see this movie in theaters for whatever reason (well, the marketing campaign was God-awful), and probably few people will see it on DVD... but they should! Welcome to Mooseport is a fun, lighthearted comedy with great performances and entertaining jokes. What more can you ask for?
I have never watched "Everybody Loves Raymond," but I hear it's pretty funny, and I can see why. Romano plays a pretty pathetic character here, likeable but hardly suave. He is about as confident as an elephant around a mouse. On the opposing end, Hackman also plays his character to perfection, a sure-of-himself politician that has never lost in his life (except to his wife, who is trying to take everything via divorce proceedings), and is not about to lose to a plumber.
The script is not a laugh-out-loud joke-fest, but succeeds at being witty and basic, something that is nice to see in the day of over-the-top comedies. The script is helped by the cast, which, aside from its two leads, is pretty impressive; Marcia Gay Harden, Maura Tierny and even Fred Savage are all pretty entertaining.
Welcome to Mooseport is a great little comedy that has been largely overlooked by most audiences; this one should make for a very worthwhile rental.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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