Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis face off in this political satire that while hitting the jokes it was made to hit, seems to miss out on a lot of others that makes it a lot less entertaining that it could of been.
This comedy is built off of two very capable and likeable comedic personalities as well as a lot of political jokes that get you all geared up for this year’s election, I guess. But when that cow goes dry what’s left? A few genital joke? Ferrell getting shot? Galifianakis’ sort of homosexual stereotype sounding voice? Well while this comedy is one of the better ones of the year, it is nowhere near the best or in the same realm.
The movie stars Ferrell and Galifianakis as opposing candidates running for office in a small North Carolina district. Ferrell is Cam Brady, a very prototypical John Edwards looking candidate that has dominated the district for a very long time now and is preparing to yet again run unopposed and take his seat in Congress. Enter Marty Huggins (Galifianakis) who is a weirdo tour guide who works within the city’s tourism center. He is given the shot to run by two CEOs (Dan Aykroyd and John Lithgow) who are looking to expand business in the district.
As I stated earlier, the movie works best when it is given the opportunity to poke fun at the very obvious of political satire. When they do that it is a home run. The greatest flaw of this comedy is when it is left to make you laugh outside of the politics. At those points, Ferrell usually resorts to the juvenile quips that have filled up his lowest of fares. Galifianakis though does have the ability to command good comedy when he is not pulling the obvious stunt.
Outside of the main duo, the supporting cast is pretty weak. Jason Sudeikis plays Ferrell’s campaign manager and shows off some very good chemistry with Ferrell’s Cam Brady character. Dylan McDermott plays Galifianakis’ manager and is fun to watch go back in forth with the inigmate character that is Marty Huggins. Lithgow and Aykroyd are decent in the roles of the CEOs. Beyond that there really isn’t a remembered performance by anyone outside the main few characters.
Jay Roach does a solid job directing with the subpar script and in the end the movie turns out a something more worthy of a DVD rental over seeing it in a theatre.
In conclusion, The Campaign struggles to make us laugh outside of the obvious jokes and settles for being a subpar gross out comedy rather than elevating itself to a strong political satire. While the lead actors are capable comedians, they don’t seem to care to make it more than it was and that leaves it at being a typical and often forgettable comedy.