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MOVIE REVIEW: FTN reviews The Campaign

September 27th, 2012 by Big Phil Comments

The Campaign (15)
Running Time: 85 min
Directed by: Jay Roach
Starring: Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis and Jason Sudeikis

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.

Cam Brady (Ferrell) has been a US Congressman for several terms, and with his election looming, it looks like Cam is going to run opposed. That is until the plans of multi-millionaires The Motch Brothers, Wade (Dan Akyroyd) and Glenn (John Lithgow) decide to field a new and more “amenable to their wishes” candidate in the form of simpleton Marty Huggins (Galifianakis).

With the election only a matter of weeks away, both candidates set out their agendas, backed by their election teams. However, what starts out as friendly rivalry quickly degenerates into a campaign that will have both parties reaching the very depths of desperation to score points. But who will win this vital seat?

The Campaign is an extremely crude, rude and side-splittingly funny piece of satire that lifts the lid on election campaigning and shows you just how far someone will go to hold on to a seat of power.

Will Ferrell is back on top form with this his portrayal as an open family man who clearly has his eyes (and other parts) on anything thing with a pulse and legs. There is barely a scene that goes by where he is not either spouting a terrific insult or, worse, literally attacking somebody!

The flip side to this is Zach Galifianakis as the very humble and truly fish-out-of-water Marty Huggins.

 Galifianakis clearly disgards his more memorable role in The Hangover films for a part that really challenges his comedy performance and timing. He is superb in the transformation from a simple family man, content with what he has, to a mean political fighting machine that, when he is not kissing babies, he would easily steal their lollypops!

The main cast is supported by the evil scheming Motch Brothers, who must surely be related to Randolph and Mortimer Duke for their underhandedness. Added to this mixture of great characters backed by great performances is Brian Cox. He practically steals every scene he is in as Marty Huggins’ father.

The Campaign is so full of great put-downs and shameless acts of media-grabbing attention that it is impossible not to like it. Director Jay Roach (Austin Powers trilogy) has clearly studied elections and captured the media circus that follows candidates perfctly.

Though the film has a fairly short running time, like a visit from a would be politician canvassing for your vote, it knows exactly when to leave and not to outstay its welcome. This is the perfect remedy to laugh away the autumn blues.

Four out of five Nerds

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I arrived on Earth in 1977 and have virtually devoted my entire existence to cult films, television programmes and cartoons. I am a very big fan of Star Wars and Star Trek; I may struggle with foreign languages but I can order live Gagh in Klingon! I’m the Nerd that knows the trivia but I’m hopeless at sport!