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May the best loser win.
Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis are two competing South Carolina politicians who duke it out for congressional supremacy in this comedy, directed by Jay Roach (Austin Powers, Meet the Parents).
When long-term congressman Cam Brady (Ferrell) commits a major public gaffe before an upcoming election, a pair of ultra-wealthy CEOs plot to put up a rival candidate and gain influence over their North Carolina district. Their man: naïve Marty Huggins (Galifianakis), director of the local Tourism Center.
At first, Marty appears to be the unlikeliest choice but, with the help of his new benefactors, a cut-throat campaign manager and his family's political connections, he soon becomes a contender who gives Cam plenty to worry about.
- Trailer 2
- Trailer 1
- Clip: 'The Lord's Prayer'
- Clip: 'Finance Reform'
- Clip: 'Duelling Dinner'
- Campaign Messages
Rating: R16 contains violence, offensive language & sex scenes
With films like Everything Must Go and Casa De Mi Padre, Will Ferrell has demonstrated a desire to extend beyond his well-established oafish on-screen comedic persona. None of that desire is present in The Campaign. They could've called it Ron Burgundy Runs For Congress.
While newer to the movie star game, Zach Galifianakis has now carried a specific movie persona through three big movies, and his character here (Ferrell's political rival) does little to go beyond that.
So with two big actors on autopilot and actual modern politics resembling a broad farce at the best of times, The Campaign can't help but give off an air of reaching for low-hanging fruit.
That said, I laughed out loud more than three times, which is my litmus test for any movie comedy. They managed not to spoil ALL the best jokes in the trailer, and the film doesn't outstay its welcome.
Good work is done by supporting players like Dylan McDermott (as a shadowy political consultant) and Katherine LaNasa as Ferrell's shrill wife. I got excited when John Lithgow and Dan Ackroyd showed up as two characters clearly inspired by the legendary Duke brothers from Trading Places, but the script doesn't give them much to do.
With shows like The Colbert Report setting a new standard for biting political satire, a film like The Campaign feels a little thin (especially when it reaches for last minute seriousness), but if you're partial to either Ferrell or Galifianakis' schtick, you'll find plenty to enjoy here.
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Polls take a dive
How do you ask for your life back!? Actually, my money back too. This movie was as funny as me rubbing deep heat on my private parts. I think there's a time when you stop being funny and I got to say, it hasn't been funny for a while now. Stop while your ahead Will!
Could have been so good... but just not funny. I'm a big fan of Ferrell (and Galifianakis). But this is one of his worst.
Zach & Will paly their normal roles, so much its like a mash-up of 'Step Brothers', 'Due Date' with strong hints of 'The Ides of March'. If its nailed to a wall, call it (the new buzz word) Factional, a work of fiction with some factual information thrown in. I mean, comedy about politics, its all comical really. I did enjoy the satire and LOL'd throughout, as its easy to do, if you can escape the norm of their characters.
Gerne : Comedy, political, growth (to a degree)
3/5 : however it is really easy to pigeon hole, like an Adam Sandler movie, so easy to review, even before you see it, predictably funny.