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Sunday, August 19, 2012




Two powerful CEOs pit a blundering congressman against an unlikely political newcomer in order to seize control of a crucial North Carolina district in this satirical political comedy starring Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis. On the eve of an upcoming election, incumbent congressman Cam Brady (Ferrell) makes a misstep that threatens to end his career in politics. Recognizing the opportunity to gain influence in the aftermath of the public gaffe, a pair of scheming CEOs handpick credulous tourism-center director Marty Huggins (Galifianakis) as Brady's political rival, quickly shaping him into a viable candidate with the help of a seasoned campaign manager. As Election Day draws near, Brady and Huggins cast ethics aside to engage in the brand of hysterical mud-slinging that's sent contemporary politics straight down the toilet. Jason Sudeikis, John Lithgow, and Brian Cox co-star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Director: Jay Roach

Cast: Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis, Jason Sudeikis, Dylan McDermott, Katherine La Nasa

Release Date: Aug 10, 2012.

Rated R for Crude Sexual Content, Brief Nudity and Language

Runtime: 1 hr. 25 min.

Genres: Comedy


The Campaign is a consistently funny skewering of the American political process with enough silly laughs to keep thing light and easy to digest. Jay Roach keeps the film moving at a brisk pace never lingering on anything to long to let it get stale. He moves his film to set pieces (debates faux campaign ads etc) and lets his stars take over. Will Ferrell and Zack Galifianakis put on wonderful performances, each creating great caricatures. Ferrell delivers a strong turn as Brady, playing his a dumb smug entitled moron who out to win at all cost. He’s all façade with no substance. Galifianakis matches with his well meaning odd duck Huggins, who is strange but always sympathetic. While the two stars dominate the supporting cast really rounds out the film. Sarah Baker, who looks like Wendi McLendon-Covey long lost sister, is good fun as Huggins ignored wife. Dylan McDermott shows that he can do comedy just as well as anyone. Karen Maruyama has a bit role but leaves a great impression while working with a running gag throughout the film.



  1. Ferrell and Galifianakis make this material a whole lot funnier, but you can’t help but think that this could have almost been a comedic satire classic, had everybody decided to go down that route. Nice review Daniel.

    1. Thank you Dan, I agree it could have been a lot more biting had they put a little more effort into the script.

  2. I really want to see this. It looks funny. Great review :)


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