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The Campaign

Screwball political comedy starring Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis.

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I brought my broom because...it's a mess

  • Sep 28, 2012

It's fair to say that both Will Ferrell and Zack Galifiniakis are in top form in this excellent comedy whose release coincides with the Presidential Election campaign.

Ferrell excels in playing over the top alpha male type characters, and his years of impersonating Bush for example on SNL pays off handsomely in this entertaining romp, because he truly can adopt that type of presence.

I was half expecting another formulaic comedy, yet the writer dials up the absurdity from the get go, sending up the political election process, and I am sure it will appeal to people of all persuasions, and foul is fair in this campaign.

Cam Brady, career congressman runs unopposed for reelection until two billionaire businessman decide to put up an unlikely opposing candidate. But can an unlikely naïve nobody transform into a ruthless political somebody, or will he be eaten alive by the sophisticated political machine of one Cam Brady?

Ferrell plays Cam Brady, and Zack plays Marty Huggins who is a little odd, and definitely not your political type. He likes to walk his (Chinese) pugs, but when he gets a campaign manager and image consultant, he has to get labradors because they are more American and they test through the roof.
His wife has to get a Katie Couric haircut.

Some of the funniest pieces are the political ads, which absurdify the negative campaign ads we often see, and are laugh out loud funny. I also like the squaring off before they do the political debate where they do the dominant hand shake, and the stare-down, and the under the breath trash talk. If you're like me you will be amazed at the antics these two resort to to get ahead in the ratings. And you will be amazed at what gets them ahead in the ratings.

Even in the supporting roles, the actors are good, especially Dylan McDermott as the Huggins campaign manager, and Katherine La Nasa (formerly married to Dennis Hopper)excels as Brady's potty mouthed trophy wife, but the best surprise for me was Karen Maruyama as an Asian American maid role playing a different type of maid to please her throw back employers. Truly hilarious.

If you have loved Will Ferrell movies I think you will love this because he is in top form here. I hope this was helpful

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review by . August 17, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
**1/2 out of ****    2012 is election year yet again, so the release of a political comedy such as "The Campaign" is timed appropriately. It's a perfectly entertaining over-the-top farce that allows us, for just a few hours at a time, take a step back from our political views and simply regard it as one big joke. We kind of need movies like this once in a while, and that's why we only get them once in a while (since the demand is not really that high for political films of both …
review by . August 20, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
Star Rating:         Four years ago, in the months leading to the election of Barack Obama, the film Swing Vote was released, a political satire in which the outcome of a presidential race depended on the vote of just one man, played by Kevin Costner. There was a funny, intelligent, observant film; it wasn’t about who Costner’s character would ultimately vote for so much as what the candidates were willing to do in order to win him over. It’s now 2012, …
Quick Tip by . December 16, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
A funny satire on the way politics are played in America currently. It allows a lot of room for its laughs to drive its story. Ferrell and Galifianakis both do a good job as congressional candidates; cartoonish, definitely funny and surely exaggerated. It was also nice to see that the film’s best material wasn’t shown in theaters.      It does also take it shots as to how rich corporations are running politics and how the money invested in them are ruining America. …
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