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win a poster from ‘Man of the Year’ (now closed)

NOW CLOSED. WINNERS: Roel and Gaylon

WIN: one of two posters from the new political satire Man of the Year

HOW: send an email with your U.S. mailing address

THE RULES: Here’s a gimme contest for ya: No need to be funny or clever — all you need to do to enter is click to send an email. If you have not won a prize in one of my caption contests or gimme giveaways in 2006*, and you have a United States mailing address, you’re eligible to win. (*Micropatrons who’ve snagged some exclusive micropatron goodies are eligible to win.) One entry per person.
The new film Man of the Year, starring Robin Williams and Laura Linney, opens today, and to celebrate, I’ve got two posters from the film to give away, courtesy of Universal Pictures. Here’s the scoop on the film, from Universal:

What would happen if one of the nation’s funniest men became its leading one? Oscar winner Robin Williams reunites with the director of Good Morning, Vietnam to answer just that question in the comic tale of an entertainer’s accidental rise to power, Man of the Year.

Acerbic performer Tom Dobbs (Robin Williams) has made his career out of skewering politicians and speaking the mind of the exasperated nation on his talk show. He cracked scathing jokes at a fractured system night after night until he came up with a really funny idea: why not run for president himself?

After a flip comment, Dobbs ignites a grassroots movement that puts him on the ballot. Hot on the campaign trail, he debates elected drones and says exactly what frustrated voters have often thought. Nov 2nd later, the muckraker wins- only to learn that a computer voting error gave him the victory. With time ticking on the inaugural clock, Dobbs has a big decision to make: should he go back behind the mike or stay in the Oval Office?

This election season, comic actors including Laura Linney, Christopher Walken, Jeff Goldblum and Lewis Black join Williams in a pulled-from-the-headlines comedy. Together with Oscar winner Barry Levinson (Rain Man, Wag the Dog), they’ll show the world that- only in America- a comedian can become the country’s next president and our Man of the Year.

Visit the film’s official site.

Watch a trailer: QuickTime (small/medium/large) or Windows Media (small/medium/large)

Read my review of the film.

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