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Monday, April 29, 2013

Movie Review - The Campaign

Movie Title

The Campaign

Year

2012

Genre

Comedy

Story
North Carolina Republican Rep Congressman Cam Brady (Will Ferrell)'s ratings has plummeted due to his constant social faux pas (such as leaving sexually explicit messages in his devout consituents' family answering machine which went viral to say the least.)

The super-rich billionaire financiers, the Motch Brothers (played by John Lithgow & Dan Aykroyd) decide they needed to replace him with another candidate - Socially awkward (read Dumb & Weird) Marty Huggins (Zach Galifianakis).

Marty Huggins was initially put to the slaughter as he's a newbie while Cam Brady was a veteran. However, things begin to change when the Motch Brothers assign a no-nonsense campaign manager (played by Dylan McDermott) to help Huggins.

 
Acting
Zach Galifianakis has to speak with an easily recognizable Southern Accent (I think it's Southern) while Will Farrell's has slightly more subtle twang.

Will Ferrell has never been among my favorite actors and this movie hasn't done anything to change my mind.

Of course the gents delivered adequate performances and as is their "style", very over-the-top, which makes it very fake but then, this is a comedy, so we let it slide. Anyway, some of it was rather amusing, so...

I read somewhere that Dylan McDermott only has 1 expression on his face, kind of like Stallone and Statham, and you know what, after watching this movie, I kinda agree. What do you think? Also, I have always had a problem telling him apart from the guy from Friends - David Schwimmer.
Overall
I think it's very timely now that the General Election is upon us in these parts of the woods. It allows viewers the secret window to peer into the world of politics & how dirty and ridiculous it can be. One may think that the dirty tactics used in the movie are far-fetched but they are not because the actual political parties are doing things that are even more ridiculous in the REAL world!

Altho' I didn't laugh at all the jokes, some bits were quite funny to me and I think that you will find the bits to tickle your funny bone as well.

Have a viewing or if you've watched it before, watching it again now would give you a different viewing experience. I guarantee it.

Rating: 6/10

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