8/25/2012

Movie Review: The Campaign (2012)


The Campaign is a very timely comedy about two fools battling it out to be The Big Fool in the United States Congress, but it's also about truth in the weirdest places.

Incumbent Cam Brady (Will Ferrell) is a seasoned jerkwad that uses all the hackneyed tricks and rally in politics. When he finds himself in a sex scandal, Big Business (represented by Dan Akroyd and John Lithgow) decide that it's time to use a new lap dog to follow their whims. Enter: Marty Huggins (Zach Galifianakis). This dude is a caricature of the Christian wuss that gets corrupted by the political machine and gives Congressman the fight of his political life.

What I like about this film is the contrasting lead characters. Ferrell plays an amalgam of all the smooth-talking political clowns that doesn't hesitate to get his hands dirty to win while Galifianakis' Huggins is the perfect fish-out-of-water. The humor can be a bit over the top sometimes, but the funniest scene for me involves too much honesty by children.

It's too bad the films The Campaign winds down in a dud-like fashion, but the solid characters and situations make it worth considering.


Rating: 3.5/5
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