‘The Campaign’ provides relief from 2012 election
Published: Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, August 22, 2012 22:08
May the best loser win! In this political satire, Cam Brady (Will Farrell) is running again for the North Carolina State Congress unopposed, when two big time CEO’s pull their resources together to convince innocent Marty Huggins (Zach Galifianakis) to run against Cam Brady, and use him as their political pawn.
Cam Brady will stop and nothing to win, and keep his reign as the North Carolina congressman, while Marty Huggins and his overzealous hired campaign manager Tim Wattley will do anything and everything it takes to take down Cam Brady.
“The Campaign” reminds one of a R-rated version of the movie “Welcome to Mooseport,” The movie where the political superstar goes up against the regular Ol’ John Doe for office. Nothing really new or original, but it does entertain audiences.
I was very excited to see Will Farrell and Zach Galifianakis finally act in a movie together. It disappoints me that Galifanakis plays the same type of character that he plays in “Due Date,” but he does play the socially awkward loser part very well.
It’s a very nice change of pace to go and see “The Campaign” to get a break from all of the Obama and Romney campaign ads and commercials.
The movie does get very predictable and goes back and forth with Brady getting at Huggins, followed by Huggins getting back at Brady. It keeps it entertaining, though, because after every comedic scene and attack on the other candidate, you don’t think they will go further but they do and each attack gets more intense and hilarious than the last.
I found “The Campaign” to be better than what I expected, but the R-rated humor is what really made the comedy, and if it was rated anything less, it wouldn’t have been anywhere near as entertaining.
Audiences who enjoy R-rated comedies and love Will Farrell movies will not at all be disappointed, and I found it to be one of the better political-comedy movies.
Although I didn’t find it to be one of my favorites from Farrell or Galifanakis, I was still very entertained and was pleased that I went to see it. I give “The Campaign” three and a half stars.