Bud Johnson (Kevin Costner), an apathetic, beer slinging, lovable loser, who is coasting through a life that has passed him by, except for the one bright spot in his mundane existence... his precocious, over achieving 12 year old daughter, Molly. She takes care of them both, until one mischievous moment on Election Day, when she accidentally sets off a chain of events which culminates in the presidential election coming down to one vote, her Dad’s. Suddenly, Bud Johnson, the nobody, becomes the voice for everybody when the world realizes that his volte will the be one that elects the next president.
A satire on American politics today and the state of play for normal families trying to meet bills. It's a likeable performance from Costner as a loveable rogue lacking much positivity in life, except his charismatic daughter, who is the real star of this piece. Swing Vote plays it safe and loses sight of the real issues that matter for many working class families. These are cast aside as Costner is wooed by the main candidates. In reality the film is a failure on all levels, In The Loop tells us more about politics today and the desire to win.