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New Movie Review

"The Campaign"

Comedy. Rated R. 1 hour, 37 minutes.

Photo by Warner Bros. Pictures

Zach Galifinaikis and Will Ferrell in Warner Bros. Pictures' "The Campaign" - 2012

 

by Michael Stark
mjstark333@msn.com

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Incumbent Will Ferrell has to fend off challenger Zach Galifianakis in “The Campaign.”

I love Will Ferrell, but his comedies tend to be either hit or miss with me. But when they do hit, they are grand slams that completely leave the park. I think “The Campaign” is at least pretty close to being that.

The laughs never really stop in “The Campaign.” It is silly and tries not to take itself too seriously, which works perfectly here. Even though Ferrell plays a Democrat and Galifianakis a Republican, their politics really are not that important to the movie’s plot. In fact, a major component of “The Campaign” is how little the two ever really bring up the issues.

Considering his work on “Saturday Night Live,” Ferrell seems like a perfect fit for North Carolina Congressman Cam Brady, who has served several terms without actually getting anything done, except focus on getting re-elected. The same can be said of Galifianakis, who has done characters similar to the innocently sweet Marty Huggins, but he's always different enough to compel the audience to pull for him.

The supporting cast is all well and good, but I have to specifically single out Dylan McDermott, who plays campaign manager Tim Wattley (bonus “Seinfeld” reference!). He is the sleazy, scummy, dirty, awful person we all envision the best campaign managers to be. Almost every single line he has gets an immediate laugh for the audience.

Director Jay Roach has taken on many politically-themed projects now. He also helmed “Recount” and “Game Change” for HBO. So don’t be surprised that there is a political message included in this film. The campaign for Marty Huggins is aided in great deal by a super-PAC, which is one of the results of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision. I would not say that “The Campaign” gets too preachy on the subject, but it makes it clear that it is not a fan of that particular ruling.

However, when I think of “The Campaign,” I will think of a laugh-a-minute romp and not a political message. Therefore, I highly recommend you check this out in the theater.

OVERALL RATING: B+

 

 

 

Photo by Warner Bros. Pictures

The Campaign movie poster

 

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