‘The Campaign’: A Hilarious Political Bloodbath

By Bridget Medori
September 20, 2012

It’s on! “The Campaign” depicts the story of a heated and dirty congressional race in Hammond N.C. Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis play the two candidates willing to do whatever it takes to get ahead and stay ahead in the polls. It’s anything goes in this witty political comedy!

Will Ferrell plays Cam Brady, a seasoned politician who is running unopposed in the upcoming election. After Brady gets caught in a cheating scandal, two wealthy CEOs decide to support another candidate, all to ensure their own selfish plans to sell the 14th district to China and build factories smack dab in the middle of Hammond.

Marty Huggins, played by Zach Galifianakis, is chosen for the job. Although he seems the most unlikely of candidates, his quirky charm and actual concern for the people translates into a significant bump in the polls. With the help of his father’s political connections, the cooperation of his wife and kids and a ruthless campaign manager, Marty puts up the fight of his life to the surprise of Cam Brady.

It doesn’t take long for the race to turn cutthroat.  The two southerners believe they must lie and cheat their way to victory, and seemingly have no conscience when it comes to their actions. They will say anything, no matter how outrageous the accusation.

And nothing is off limits. Their own wives, children and even dogs are fair game. At one point, Cam and his campaign team criticize Marty’s two pugs for being Chinese and not American. Both pugs are then strategically replaced by a golden retriever and chocolate lab, the two highest polling dogs in America.

“The Campaign” is now playing in the dead-heat of the actual presidential election. The movie satirically makes fun of how crazy, self consumed and unregulated these campaign races can get. Will Ferrell appears to be channeling his legendary impersonation of George Bush, made famous on snl, when playing Cam Brady. Zach Galifianakis does not disappoint either. Both actors will have audiences laughing out loud at all of the absurdity going on in this movie.

“The Campaign,” though unoriginal in its concept, brings refreshing and new ways to be funny. This movie not only has the star power, but also the sharped-tongue political humor audience goers will be looking for. You don’t have to be interested in politics to enjoy this film. If you like funny, vote yes and go see the campaign!

Bridget Medori

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