The Campaign

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The Campaign
There’s no way Will Ferrell was behind Mitt Romney’s epic gaffe last week – but the timing of this political comedy couldn’t be better. Ferrell is Cam Brady, a politician whose mane of commanding, election-winning hair is suspiciously Romney-like. And, like Romney, he’s busted saying something he shouldn’t on tape – here, it’s a filthy, X-rated sex message. That’s a goof-up too far for his shady billionaire backers, who pick a rival to challenge his re-election campaign. And they pick a doozy: oddball lovable loser Marty Huggins (Zach Galifianakis).

If you like your satire with Malcolm Tucker bite, you’ll find this toothless. The whole thing hangs around a mega-silly plot involving a plan to turn a South Carolina town into a giant Chinese sweatshop. But if you like your comedy with crass ‘The Hangover’-style gags, you’ll get a kick out of punchlines that literally involve, well… punching. And we’re safe in the hands of two supremely talented comedians. Ferrell, whenever he’s stuck for an answer on the stump, hollers with conviction: ‘America! Jesus! Freedom!’; while Galifianakis does vest-wearing weirdness like no actor on earth. 

By: Cath Clarke


Release details

Rated: 15
Release date: Friday September 28 2012
Duration: 85 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Jay Roach
Screenwriter: Chris Henchy, Shawn Harwell
Cast: Will Ferrell
Zach Galifianakis
Jason Sudeikis

Average User Rating

2.9 / 5

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REAL laughs.....and if you are unfortunate enough to see THE IDES, put this on straight after. Does it SO much better. Pitty about the wife shagging, but HEY!'s not real............yet! 8?10

Don't think of this so much as a coherent comedy as a few set piece gags loosely linked together. The best bits are in the trailer so perhaps you might want to save yourself 2 hours of your life and do something worthwhile rather than see this.. Ferrell reels out his normal comedy character and seems to be coasting and Galifikianikis is more cliche than character. Both are listed as producers of the film that struggles to get out of second gear. If you go prepare to be grossed out as there is a mad rush down market into crass sexualisation and baby and animal beating. Two stars is a generous view on a film that could and should have been so much better.