The Campaign

The Campaign

3.1 135 Ratings

Directed by : Jay Roach

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  • Critics Rating 2.6/5
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When long-term congressman Cam Brady commits a major public gaffe before an upcoming election, a pair of ultra-wealthy CEOs plot to put up a rival candidate, nave Marty Huggins, and gain influence over their North Carolina. With the help of his new benefactors' support, a cutthroat campaign manager and his family's political ...more

Verdict

“Ferrell and Galifianakis steal the show in an otherwise average movie. Although repetitive, the jokes works well enough to make The Campaign a one time watch.”

The Campaign Credit & Casting

Will Ferrell

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The Campaign is garnished with several funny moments. Most work but some get tedious and some go too far. Not that in a Will Ferrell movie it is supposed to be a bad thing. These moments may not be extremely witty or extremely stupid (thats how I take my comedies, thank you very much) but it strikes some sort of a strange comedic balance. This isn't the best comedy you will see, but it is a film worth watching this election year.

Cam Brady (Will Ferrell) and Marty Huggins (Zach Galifianakis) are rivals in a Congressional dogfight in a North Carolina district. The level they stoop down to when they are up against each other is hilarious. It is remarkable that the movie doesn't take sides with either of the opponents or has any basis in reality. It doesn't label them (literally or figuratively) as Democrats or Republicans. It gives them both equal opportunities of being ridiculous and honest. Although, it doesn't necessarily succeed in trying to mix satire with idiocy. Dylan McDermott plays Tim Wattley who happened to get the most laughs out of me. Another one where Brady punches Uggie. Yes, he punches the dog from a recent Best Picture Oscar winner. Mrs. Yao recalls another Best Picture Oscar winner as the help who is ordered to sport a southern accent by Daddy Huggins (Brian Cox) to remind him of the good old days.

Jay Roach, who gave us the Austin Powers movies, does not get the best script to direct but the actors convincingly belch out the R-rated foul humor. Zach Galifianakis isn't my favorite comedian but has found his niche and this is one of his better, less annoying performances. He could get repetitive very soon if he doesn't push his boundaries.

If you want to watch a truly funny recent political comedy, watch In The Loop (2009). The Campaign is definitely not Mr. Smith Goes To Washington (1939) either, but then they don't make 'em like that anymore. Do they?

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