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Swing Vote | 2008 | PG-13 | - 1.2.5

The presidential race is in a tie, and one single vote is going to decide the outcome. After an election day glitch keeps his vote from being counted, an underachieving single dad (Kevin Costner) has 10 days to recast his vote and he becomes an international celebrity, courted by the media and the candidates (Kelsey Grammer and Dennis Hopper). Meanwhile his 12-year-old daughter (Madeline Carroll) -- the smarter of the two -- tries to keep him focused on the importance of his decision. Also with Nathan Lane, Stanley Tucci and George Lopez. Directed by Joshua Stern. [1:40]

SEX/NUDITY 1 - A man is shown in his underwear twice. Women wear low-cut dresses at a party.
 A man talks about gay marriage and an ad shows gay men and women. An ad talking about abortion rights shows children disappearing in a puff of smoke.
 A man talks about having to urinate.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 2 - A woman slaps a man in the face.
 A man attempts to drive drunk but passes out before he can get the car started. An underage child drives while helping another child run away. A child drives her dad home after he is passed out drunk. A drunken man runs into a sign and hits his head but is unhurt otherwise.
 An ad talking about abortion rights shows children disappearing in a puff of smoke. A man talks about having a group of blond, white males stand outside a polling place to intimidate Jewish voters. A man talks about having a bowel movement (in crude terms) in his bed.


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LANGUAGE 5 - 1 F-word derivative, 1 sexual reference, 15 scatological terms, 2 anatomical terms, 7 mild obscenities, name-calling (dummy, stupid), 5 religious profanities, 7 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - A man is shown drinking alcohol on several occasions, adults drink alcohol at a party and during meetings, and a man attempts to drive drunk. People are shown smoking cigarettes in a bar.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Elections, marriage, divorce, parental responsibility, child services, civic responsibility, alcoholism, immigration, voter intimidation, gay marriage, abortion, environmental issues, job loss, firing, drunk driving, voter fraud, voter intimidation, the working poor, under-aged driving, jury duty, journalistic ethics, integrity, speaking for those who have no voice, bribery, winning at all costs, runaways, drug addiction, patriotism.

MESSAGE - Every vote counts.

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