Former U.S. President Monroe Cole (Gene Hackman) plans to retire in a small northeastern coastal town, but he has his hands full when he tries to fill an empty mayoral seat. The unlikely opposition comes from unassuming hardware store owner Handy Harrison (Ray Romano). Harrison quickly proves to be a bona fide man of the people — and wildly popular. This comedy also stars Maura Tierney and Marcia Gay Harden.
Donald Mark Petrie (born April 2, 1954) is an American film director.
Petrie was born in New York City, New York, the son of Dorothea (née Grundy), a television producer, actor, and novelist, and Daniel Petrie, a director. He is the brother of Daniel Petrie, Jr..
Petrie has acted and guest-starred on television programs. His first directorial job was on the set of The Equalizer, a private detective TV series, in 1985. Since, he has directed films such as Mystic Pizza (1988), Opportunity Knocks (1990), Grumpy Old Men (1993), The Favor (1994), Richie Rich (1994), The Associate (1996), Miss Congeniality (2000), How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003), Welcome to Mooseport (2004), Just My Luck (2006) and My Life in Ruins (2009). —Wikipedia