Katie and I recently had some good friends from Texas visit us at our new home.  One afternoon, we decided that we were going to take in a movie together.  The four of us always enjoyed watching Will Ferrell movies together, so it just seemed natural to go watch The Campaign while they were here.  So, that’s today’s Movie Tour movie.

Plot Summary

 

In The Campaign, Will Ferrell plays Cam Brady, a long-time congressman from North Carolina, who thinks he is running unopposed in the upcoming election, only to find out that Zach Galifianakis’ Marty Huggins has decided to run against him, backed by some sleazy CEOs who want to take advantage of the gullible Huggins.  What follows is a behind the scenes take on running for political office in America.  It’s almost like a documentary… (okay, not really, but you catch my cynicism).

Review

This movie had the potential to be one of the funniest movies of the summer.  Of course, I don’t remember there being a whole lot of comedies that came out this summer, so the bar was set pretty low to begin with.  However, even with a low standard set, I feel like The Campaign fell way short.  Ferrell and Galifianakis are two of the funniest guys in the business right now, but when comedies rely on gross out humor and inappropriate sexual situations to get their “funny” across, they are always going to fall short in my book.  Galifianakis is hilarious in this movie, and he plays the clean, gullible guy very well, and Ferrell is usually very good or very inappropriate, and in The Campaign, inappropriate was the path he took, and it really ruined the movie.  There were some parts that were very, very funny, but overall, it just stepped over the line way too much for me.

Recommendation

If you really want to see it, wait for it to come out on Netflix.  That way, you’re not wasting any of your money to take it in.  In reality, though, you aren’t missing anything by not watching it.  Don’t waste your time.

Best Part

I remember there being a fair amount of times that I laughed during the movie, even though a lot of the content was lacking.  Mostly, I think, it was the fart jokes… because I’m still 15 at times.  The best part of this movie, however, really was Zach Galifianakis as Marty Huggins.  He played the role very well, and had me laughing most of the time.

 

 

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