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After reading many reviews, i have to agree that this is a technically
a bad film. The humor in this movie is very raw and crude (which
doesn't bother me), and it has a very simple storyline. I was ready to
give this movie a rating of a 5 or below until i stopped looking into
the movie too much, and saw it for what it is. The purpose of a comedy
is to make people laugh, and that is exactly what myself and the rest
of the theater did for the majority of the movie. The movie is so
relevant as well with the upcoming presidential elections, and i feel
this movie helps take the edge of the brutality of the current Obama
If you just want to see a simple movie that will make you laugh without having to think about the plot, then see the movie.
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A very, very funny movie that's very, very coarse. If you are not amused by jokes about sex, body parts and bodily functions, effeminate men, scantily-clad women, politics, and politicians then this isn't your movie. If you like that sort of thing, then you need to see this movie now. Light, fluffy entertainment. No thinking required (or desired). Good guys win. Bad guys either lose or are redeemed. I run hot and cold on Will Farrel movies. This one's a keeper for him but the real star of this movie is Zach Galifianakis who seems to replicate Jack Black's character in "Bernie" but with a completely different take. This movie will make you feel better about what's coming to American politics in the next three months.
The Campaign offers many hilarious moments in the vein of humor that
one has come to expect from its creators. Will Ferrell is entertaining
as always with his "presidential" accent and foul-mouthed quips. Zach
Galifianakis also presents quite a character, often outshining his
co-star with his supremely bizarre eccentricities. But underneath the
layer of laughs is a rather forgettable story. It's undoubtedly a great
basis for the two comedy giants to clash, but the plot neither furthers
our interest in its leads nor their plight. Much of the time it feels
as if we lose no matter who wins. Perhaps its ironically authentic
lampooning of real politics is the funniest part of all.
North Carolina congressman Cam Brady (Will Ferrell) has fallen into a leisurely routine of false promises and general negligence in his duties as the longtime unopposed representative. But after an obscene phone call to the wrong person finds Brady's approval rating drastically down, corporate bigwigs Glenn (John Lithgow) and Wade Motch (Dan Aykroyd), decide to replace him with someone they can easily control for their own devious schemes. Their candidate is mild-mannered Marty Huggins (Zach Galifianakis), a tourism enthusiast with naïve ideas of bettering his hometown. When Huggins announces his candidacy, and the stunned Brady quickly introduces him to the sinister world of politics, the battlefield is set for copious smear campaigns, name tarnishing and disgraceful machinations to destroy each other's reputations. But as the debates get dirtier and the backstabbing more barbaric, both candidates begin to question how far they'll go to win and what they're willing to lose.
The Campaign has an amusing premise. It examines the corruption, general crookedness, and underhanded big business influences behind politics, employing a wildly satirical viewpoint coupled with abrasive language and hysterical visual gags. "When you've got the money, nothing's unpredictable," insists Glenn Motch, defining his wealthy persuasions over chancy voters. An underdog candidate is uprooted from unremarkableness to be subjected to an immoderate transformation, itself an entertaining feat, for the sake of molding a puppet for exploitive moneymen. And he is to combat a long unopposed, professional politician, who has grown too accustomed to the post without having to put effort toward purpose or even basic responsibility. The two face off in riotous slander, invidious advertising strategies, backbiting, and baby punching. And their warfare gets steadily more caustic as election day looms. But that's it the setup is the story, and there's nothing more meaningful beyond that.
The tired theme of "do the right thing" rears its head, but it never serves to stress originality or the means for further mockeries of recognizable, past political blunders. The My Fair Lady shtick is catchy, Galifianakis and Ferrell are equally witty in their roles (their ridiculousness is amplified by an anticipated collaboration), while goofy voices (think one part Jiminy Glick and one part Stuart Smalley for Zach, with Will blending his Saturday Night Live presidential impressions), dirty jokes, and slapstick weigh in proportionally for humor. The Campaign also points the finger at the idiotic everyman who misinterprets intent and blindly falls for thinly stretched defamation attempts. But what does it all lead to? A few grand laughs and lovable imbeciles don't amount to a story it's essentially a promising foundation for comedy that forgets to tell a full-bodied, meaningful tale of political conversion and redemption.
- The Massie Twins
t seems like it should be easy to make a funny movie about the state of
our political climate
.rich, greedy, corrupt people spending millions
of dollars to make television ads that spread blatant lies to the
uninformed voting public, but The Campaign ends up feeling a bit
underwhelming of what could have been.
Screenwriters Chris Henchy & Shawn Harwell only scratched the surface of the real life hilarity of the current political landscape. All they had to do was turn on any TV news channel and take note of the circus that current politics have become from former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to Weiner-Gate to well Sarah Palin, but for Chris Henchy, the writer of past stinkers Land of the Lost and The Other Guys, I guess that is what should be expected.
Will Ferrell (Step Brothers, Anchorman) and Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover, Due Date) make a fine comedic duo, but their one-note characters leave these candidates without much to say. Ferrell ends up doing a less funny version of his George W. Bush impersonation. His iconic character was a slam-dunk on short SNL skits, but runs thin in a feature film.
The Campaign definitely provides its share of laughs that keep this film above average, but doesn't live up to other classic films produced by Ferrell and Adam McKay's Gary Sanchez production company I.E. Step Brothers, Anchorman, Talladega Nights. The Campaign may end up being one of the most profitable comedies of the 2012 blockbuster season, but compared against the other duds Hollywood barfed out this summer (The Watch, That's My Boy, The Dictator) that isn't saying too much.
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The election period in the United States has traditionally been a
fountain of humorous material exploited to the maximum by the
comedians, most of them on TV, but also in cinema, as we can see this
year in the film The Campaign, directed by Jay Roach, whose filmography
includes some excellent comedies (the Austin Powers trilogy)...and
other deeply irritating ones (Meet the Fockers, Dinner for Schmucks). I
would also like to point out that The Campaign isn't Roach's first
incursion into the political field, because he also made the TV movies
Recount and Game Change, which both made a brilliant work in portraying
the pressures and vices from a presidential campaign from a serious and
(more or less) impartial point of view. Could The Campaign achieve the
same but in a humorous context? I don't think so, but I can't deny I
found the film entertaining nevertheless.
I think there's an excellent political satire hidden in some place of The Campaign. The general premise of an inept lout who is transformed into a charismatic candidate manipulated by the economical elite is very interesting; and event though it's not completely original, I think it's appropriate to occasionally remember it in order to recognize it whenever we find it in the real world (something which undoubtedly happens with a sad frequency). However, the few intelligence from the screenplay is diluted by the coarse and vulgar humor employed as vehicle of the message. I have to admit I laughed in various occasions (specially during the "Our Father" scene), and I definitely found some ingenuity in the creation of absurd but credible situations (at least in the filthy context of contemporary politics)...however, for every scene that works, there's five or six which only provoke whining, specially due to the tendency the actors show to "play the fool". I think this is a very subjective point in any comedy; but in my personal taste, the humor always works better when the actors take their roles seriously and let the comedy to naturally flow from their attitudes and reactions. When they try to force the laughs with a physical or verbal affectation, they loose spontaneity and, specially, destruct the reality of the characters in order to transform them into caricatures.
And besides of that, I found the screenplay of The Campaign too innocent and predictable, taking a safe route until leading to a happy ending. So, I guess that not all the political satires can be as subtle and effective as Wag the Dog or In the Loop; however, I can give a moderate recommendation to The Campaign as an entertaining comedy, despite not being very memorable.
Let me start off by saying that I love Will Ferrell and Zack
Galifianakis. I love most of the films they starred in. So upon hearing
that these two comedic heavyweights will be starring in the same movie
together, you could imagine my excitement. Did it meet my expectations?
Sort of. This comedy staring these two actors was enjoyable and had
plenty of laughs but after viewing, I realized how it could have been
Basically, Democratic playboy Cam Brady has to verse off against republican every-man Marty Huggins after Marty enters the race against the long-term congressmen Cam at the last minute. This of course leads to hilarious incidents that occur in both parties.
The basic plot line is really effective since the film is not biased and allows for making fun of both parties, which I very much appreciate. Unfortunately, the real issues lie in the acting and writing. Ferrell And Galifianakis really don't get the chance to spread there "wings" in this film. Both have the potential to be hilarious but they never get the chance. Jason Sudeiki's seems very unused as Cam Brady's Assistant Mitch. Again, he does not get the chance to shine in this film. I love John Lithgow and Dan Aykroyd but there roles in this film are very unnecessary. They are not really funny or entertaining to watch. This is unfortunate. Jay Roach really tried to make a good film, but I think he picked the wrong actors for this film. He shines in romantic comedies like Meet the Parents but he is trying to hard to make a Will Farrell film. It would have been much better with Adam McKay.
It's not all bad though. The scenes that are funny, are hilarious and make will make anyone with a sense of humor laugh. The film's pacing is very good and the chemistry between Farrell And Galifianakis is just perfect. In the end, if you go in the theater with an open mind and a sense of humor, you will enjoy it. Just don't expect another Step Brothers or Hangover.
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The Campaign is a good satire of politics. The Campaign shows why the public has lost faith in the USA political process. The satire of the movie shows how candidates do not answer questions, but skirt issues and use generic themes like freedom etc. The Campaign shows there is no discussion of the issues and the two candidates deteriorate the campaign into the Springer show. One has sex with the other's wife as a campaign ad. The Campaign shows that the special interests run both parties, which is the reason why there is no real debate, and interest in what is good for the community. The film is funny but has some low ball comedy on Religion, sex, and people. I give The Campaign a seven out of ten.
Jay Roach's 'The Campaign' is A Decent Comedy, that offers genuine
laughs in the goings-on. And, Ferrell & Galifianakis deliver Superbly!
'The Campaign' Synopsis: In order to gain influence over their North Carolina district, two CEOs seize an opportunity to oust long-term congressman Cam Brady by putting up a rival candidate. Their man: naive Marty Huggins, director of the local Tourism Center.
'The Campaign' is undeniably funny, I laughed & enjoyed myself. The film serves its purpose. Chris Henchy & Shawn Harwell's Screenplay is funny & crisp. Jay Raoch's Direction is satisfactory. Cinematography & Editing are alright.
Ferrell & Galifianakis are up for vie top honors. The Comedic Veterans are hilarious in their respective parts & go head to head from start to end. Among the supporting cast, Jason Sudeikis is first-rate. Brian Cox, John Lithgow & Dan Aykroyd are excellent.
On the whole, 'The Campaign' works.
The comedy in this movie, such as it is, is weak and a little flat,
which is something I didn't think I'd ever say about a film starring
Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis. I chuckled a couple of times, but
otherwise I felt no urge to laugh. There is a distinct bitter streak to
the humor, with little heart to redeem it until one specific moment of
unbelievable mood whiplash. The actors did fine, but they've had much
better material in other vehicles (Ferrell in Anchorman and
Galifianakis in The Hangover being just two notable examples).
It's a shame because I'd heard some good things about The Campaign, and with those two comedy stars it should have been something greater than the sum of its parts. Even something equal would have been good. This just didn't seem like the right movie to bring the two together.
The supporting cast was fine, though nobody really stood out from the pack. It was fun seeing Dan Aykroyd and John Lithgow as the corrupt millionaire brothers, even if their plot seems to have been taken wholesale from Trading Places. Jason Sudeikis wisely plays his role with subtlety, in contrast to Ferrell and Galifianakis.
I guess The Campaign isn't the worst way to spend 85 minutes. But by the same token, I'm glad I didn't put down the money to see it in the theatre.
And the less said about the punching of the baby, the better.
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Dirty politics? No, it's just a poor take-off on political campaigns,
where generalities are often over-stated so as to get the public to
vote for you.
In this inane farce, Congressman Will Ferrell, faces a challenge from a dim-witted, or supposed dim-witted guy in a North Carolina district. The film really doesn't say much about North Carolina.
How dirty can these two guys really get? Mud-slinging becomes nothing when Ferrell has relations with the opposition's wife.
The one saving grace is that finally we get a solid campaign issue-outsourcing of jobs and having China virtually take over this district.
Truth is always the best tactic in running any campaign, but the truth here is that the picture is just bad.
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