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The Campaign Review

Director: Jay Roach

Cast: Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis, Jason Sudeikis, Dylan McDermott, Sarah Baker, Katherine Lanasa, Brian Cox, John Lithgow, Dan Aykroyd, Karen Maruyama

Running Time: 85 mins

Certificate: 15

Synopsis: Two CEOs (Lithgow and Aykroyd) attempt to knock the previously unopposed North Carolina congressman, Cam Brady (Ferrell) from his perch, in order to increase their influence over the district. They do so by putting forward a rival candidate in Marty Huggins (Galifianakis). He’s naïve, easy to manipulate, and just what they need, but, the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.

Will Ferrell’s brand of absurdly unapologetic humour has become a mainstay in the hearts of many over the years, and if yours is one of them, then you’ll be pleased to discover The Campaign contains a veritable ocean of it. Roach (The Austin Powers Trilogy), and screenplay writers, Chris Henchy (The Other Guys) and
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Review: The Campaign

"War has rules, mud wrestling has rules -- politics has no rules."

--Ross Perot

This quote opens the new movie The Campaign, directed by Jay Roach of the Austin Powers and Meet the Parents series. Scripted by Chris Henchy (Land of the Lost) and Shawn Harwell (Eastbound & Down), this raunchy political comedy takes Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis through an escalating battle of wills guided by the Perot quote.

Though the humor is tongue-in-cheek, there is no pretense at subtlety in this film. Dan Aykroyd and John Lithgow play the Motch brothers, parodies of real-life industrialists the Koch brothers. Hoping to profit from the passage of unprecedented labor and environmental laws in Congress, the pair decide to back Zach Galifianakis' Marty Huggins in a race against previously unopposed candidate Cam Brady (Will Ferrell). Thus begins a rivalry that takes the pair through such incidents as baby punching and snake dancing.
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Film Review: Predictable ‘The Campaign’ Hinges on Hilarious Newlyweds Ferrell, Galifianakis

Chicago – Will Ferrell makes several new proclamations loud and clear: he’s a comic dream-team duo with Zach Galifianakis in “The Campaign,” punching a baby and then a dog are seriously funny and real-life politics should take a lesson from this over-the-top smear campaign. Also, you need one supporting Korean weapon and there’s nearly no such thing as a 100% comedy that delivers on 100% of its comedy.

Rating: 4.0/5.0

Starting and ending with what works best in this “R”-rated comedy, this and any “The Campaign” review can boil down to this: This film would have flopped without marrying Ferrell with Galifianakis and won’t simply because it did.

If you see this for no other reason than to witness this duo, these jokesmiths are as natural together as Boca burgers for a vegetarian. Seasoned comedy director Jay Roach (“Austin Powers,” “Meet the Parents”) wouldn’t have had it any other way.
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The Campaign – The Review

We’ve made it through another election season, and it was quite a nasty one ( at least here in Missouri ). After we’ve cleaned up all the mud that was slung and before it starts all over again for the big national elections ( with the conventions and debates ) let’s have a few laughs at the whole process. That’s just what The Campaign aims for. What’s interesting about this late Summer satire is that it brings together talents from several different comedy film camps ( much as The Expendables teamed up several action stars ). Helming the hysterics is Jay Roach, perhaps best known for Meet The Parents and its first sequel along with the Austin Powers trilogy ( he’s made two acclaimed real-life political films for HBO: ” Game Change” and ” Recount ” ). One of this film’s candidates is played by Will Farrell, a member of the media-dubbed” frat pack
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