“The Campaign”- Movie Review by Ben Lane

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“The Campaign” is the latest comedy from director Jay Roach and stars Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis, Dylan McDermott, Jason Sudeikis, John Lithgow, and Dan Aykroyd. The plot centers around Cam Brady, a congressman who is about to be elected for his fifth term, when all of a sudden an explicit voice mail left by him to a girl he was having an affair with is released to the public. Now, a couple of rich men hire their associate’s son, Marty Huggins, to run for office against Brady. From there, the movie is basically just about the two politicians going at each other’s throats in an R rated comedy fashion, and it all blends together with satisfying results.

This film really couldn’t have come at a better time; with all the Romney/Obama ads that are fed to us through the media, it is refreshing to see such actors as Ferrell and Galifianakis take up the role of making fun of it all. Sadly, this film doesn’t reach the potential could have, steering clear of majorly offensive content and settling for mildly offensive content, but offensive, and funny content, nonetheless.

The casting selection of Will Farrell and Zach Galifianakis is pitch perfect for this film, allowing them to share the screen together in hilarious fashion. Although this film isn’t as good as, say “Anchorman” for Ferrell, and “The Hangover” for Galifianakis, it is still loaded with hilarious moments that will make you laugh regardless of what political stance you have.

Jay Roach has directed some very good comedies such as the “Austin Powers” movies and “Meet the Parents,” and he doesn’t disappoint here, crafting a finely tuned comedy that balances one genre of comedy with another very well and satisfying to comedy lovers.

This film, while a comedy, does, sadly, interpret the reality of politics these days in a correct way, portraying the sheer silliness of the constant competition and crying around of the babies we elect to lead us. Ferrell and company are experienced with politics, so they know what they are doing in this film, and it all turns out to make you laugh, then shake your head in disbelief at how unbelievably pathetic our nation has become.

I’m still debating between this and “Ted” for my favorite comedy of the year so far, but in the end, this film is hilarious and features many scenes, especially a dinner table scene, that made me laugh harder than I have in a long time. I really liked “The Campaign” and I highly recommend it.

Grade: B

Run Time: 85 mins

Rated: R for crude sexual content, language, and brief nudity

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