REVIEW: THE CAMPAIGN
SYNOPSIS: When long-term Congressman Cam Brady (Will Ferrell) commits a major public gaffe before an upcoming election, a pair of unscrupulous power brokers plots to put up a rival candidate and gain influence over their North Carolina district. Their man: naïve Marty Huggins (Zach Galifianakis), director of the local Tourism Center.
At first, Marty appears to be the unlikeliest possible choice but, with the help of his new benefactors' support and a cutthroat campaign manager, he soon becomes a contender who gives the charismatic Cam plenty to worry about.
As Election Day closes in, the two are locked in a dead heat, with insults quickly escalating to injury until all they care about is burying each other. It's a mud-slinging, back-stabbing, home-wrecking comedy from "Meet the Parents" director Jay Roach that takes today's political circus to its logical next level. Because, even if you believe campaign ethics have hit rock bottom...there's still room to dig a whole lot deeper.
REVIEW: What a lineup of comical genius. Director Jay Roach could not have directed a better crew to headline this hilarious off-the-beaten-path, laugh out loud flick. Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis, Jason Sudeikis, Dylan McDermott, and comedic veteran Dan Aykroyd, just to name a few, seemingly had nothing to lose because they ventured out on the deep end with this one and really laid it all on the line for this often rude, very rowdy and hysterically raunchy comedy that happily takes a jab at the current sad state of American politics. With such a current and tempting target (our Elections process), it is not surprising that this sarcastic and funny film has more material than it needs to produce side-splitting laughs. Roach’s approach should bring no surprise, considering that he has mostly directed off-the-wall comedies such as the Austin Powers films and Meet the Parents and is well positioned to satirize the institution, comedy-wise.
There are lots to like and quote about this movie; However, I especially liked the truism that the movie takes from former presidential candidate Ross Perot who so memorably is quoted as saying, "War has rules, mud wrestling has rules, but politics has no rules." It could be said that things have only gotten worse since then and we are presently witnessing more and more of the ruthlessness of the current campaigning candidates today. Said circumstance only lends more credibility to this hilarious flick being released at almost perfect timing, with our elections looming right around the corner.
The shenanigans both, less than eloquent candidates, resort to are at the core of this flick's plot and one most notable involves a sequence with a baby in what could be considered a campaign moment from hell. Another particularly memorable bit was where both candidates’ families become fair game as well, and the more despicable each candidate acts toward each other the funnier the movie becomes.
All in all the movie ends on a note that makes one wish for the possibility of life actually imitating art. It is a funny delightful political satire, with whole-hearted comedy and a raucous, raunchy edge that will have one laughing out loud from beginning to end and is well worth seeing. I feel that four stars (out of five) are well deserved in this flick.
By Movie-Man Stan
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