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The Campaign 

Some relevant satire, some potty humour, everyone wins

click to enlarge Will Ferrell, and God, and the Bible.
  • Will Ferrell, and God, and the Bible.

The Campaign, directed by Jay Roach (Austin Powers, Meet the Parents), takes American politics to the gutter, reaping a flawed system for comedic profit. An undefeated North Carolina congressman, Cam Brady (Will Ferrell), comes up against Marty Huggins (Zach Galifianakis), a puppet of two CEOs looking to exploit a lucrative opportunity, and the battle ensues. Ferrell’s performance is a hybrid of his SNL George W. Bush and Anchorman’s Ron Burgundy—American politician spoof mixed with narcissism. Galifianakis makes an entertaining family man who is well meaning, but slow. The Campaign is a critique of American politics that is sometimes just an excuse for potty humour, but also has its fair share of relevant satire. The Campaign attempts to illustrate some greater moral truth that’s beyond the scope of its two-dimensional characters. Roach was wise to leave it at an hour and a half—any longer would be too much

The Campaign
Rated R (MPAA) · 97 min. · 2012
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Director: Jay Roach
Writer: Chris Henchy, Shawn Harwell and Adam McKay
Producer: Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, Jay Roach and Zach Galifianakis
Cast: Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis, Jason Sudeikis, Katherine LaNasa, Dylan McDermott, John Lithgow, Dan Aykroyd and Brian Cox


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