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26 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars AMERICA, JESUS, FREEDOM
Cam Brady (Will Ferrell) is a congressman who runs unopposed. After he leaves a graphic obscene phone call at a wrong number, he becomes vulnerable. The rich Motch brothers (Koch brothers) decide they can buy this election and own a congressman in the effeminate Marty Huggins (Zach Galifianakis). The story centers around their over the top, no holds bar campaign against...
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars "Eh" Type movie
Started off funny and tapered off at the end. If te laughs kept coming then maybe the rating would be higher but it was just "eh".
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26 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars AMERICA, JESUS, FREEDOM, October 14, 2012
This review is from: The Campaign (DVD)
Cam Brady (Will Ferrell) is a congressman who runs unopposed. After he leaves a graphic obscene phone call at a wrong number, he becomes vulnerable. The rich Motch brothers (Koch brothers) decide they can buy this election and own a congressman in the effeminate Marty Huggins (Zach Galifianakis). The story centers around their over the top, no holds bar campaign against each other.

The film news extras include mostly the MSNBC crowd. The humor is crude and sexual such as when Marty's wife (Sarah Baker) admits "I touch myself to Drew Carey on "The Price is Right." Okay so who doesn't.

It is a satire of the American electorate who relish slogans and sound bites over substance. It makes a statement on how our nation can be bought, but not as good as Steven Colbert. At times the film becomes too over the top and loses sight of the satire.

Parental Guide: F-bombs, sex, brief nudity (Amelia Jackson-Gray)
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A spot-on parody of the absurdity in U.S. politics, November 18, 2012
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Although this movie is far from the apex of Will Ferrell's funniest films, it's still quite enjoyable, and it made me laugh out loud on several occasions. But be warned- this movie is extremely over the top when it comes to lewd humor. Do NOT let your young children watch this movie, or you WILL be embarrassed! For those adults who can handle such humor, strap yourselves in for a foul-mouthed ride that will take you through the very slummiest aspects of the campaigning process.

Although the story is, of course, done in parody, and everything (including the raucous dialogue) is embellished and exaggerated upon, what remains true is that the CORE of the election process remains unchanged. The mud slinging, the character assassination, and the win-at-any cost attitude are all put to examination, exposing the absurdities of each of these time honored American "traditions". In the spirit of "The Daily Show", this movie brings very important issues to light by putting them under the spotlight with a humorous approach. And as any fan of "The Daily Show" knows... you oftentimes get a closer look at the issues on that "fake show" than on the "real ones".
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars "Eh" Type movie, December 3, 2012
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Started off funny and tapered off at the end. If te laughs kept coming then maybe the rating would be higher but it was just "eh".
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Is it just me?, November 21, 2012
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Is it just me, or did all these slapstick movies get more vulgar since I was a kid. There were redeeming 1 lines and great laughs in movies like Wedding Crashers, Old School, Tommy Boy, etc... These new ones have gone to a new place that is less funny and just more vulgar, maybe its me.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Sick jokes and old ideas, November 6, 2012
Wow! This lot really are out of ideas. If you've Ferrell films such as 'Talladega Nights' and recent Sandler films such as 'That's my boy' then this is cut and paste.

The irritable Chinese servants are straight out of 'That's my boy', while Cam Brady's wife is a bland version of the wife in 'Talladega Nights'. Much of Will Ferrell's character in the movie, Cam Brady, is carried over from previous movies. I liked Zach Galifianakis as Marty Huggins, he really played a comic humble little guy well.

Actually, the movie was going well, I mean it has a meaning to it, sort of like all these 'advisors' and corrupt businessmen chip in and the ruthlessness of 'The Campaign' tears their lives apart. Marty loses time with his family, then gets separated from his wife, while Cam goes through much the same thing. By the end of it their both worn down, with some hilarious scenes in the meantime.

But despite that promise, I couldn't help but shake that stench of reverse snobbery that infiltrates Hollywood comedies these days, kind of that all businessmen and middle class squares are, behind it all, bad or twisted people. Spray a load of dirty jokes on top and they give themselves a nice pat on the back for 'breaking barriers' or something. Comes with a guaranteed 'fanciful happy ending' like all the other movies; don't worry kids, those 'nasty' businessmen will go to jail and our comic heroes (or cardboard cutout more like it) will dramatically triumph against the odds.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars meh, April 5, 2013
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This movie was kind of disappointing, even though Zach Galifiniakis's appearance seemed to breathe momentary life into it. Will Ferrell was predictable, and I like him, but it just kind of dragged on.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Did I Miss Something ?, November 17, 2012
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David S. Chapman (Oceanside, Ca. United States) - See all my reviews
Huge fan of both, but this movie really sucked... Seemed to have been thrown together in minutes and just in time for an election...
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9 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny, Biting Satire About American Politics, September 14, 2012
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This review is from: The Campaign (DVD)
After you watch a commercial or trailer for a new comedy, how often have you said "I'll bet they put all the funny bits in the trailer." Many times? I sure do. And, unfortunately, we are often correct.

Comedy is hard. What makes people laugh is often so subjective.

I made this comment after watching the trailer for "The Campaign", the new comedy starring Will Ferrell and Zach Galiafinakis. Given Ferrell's recent track record, I had no reason to think otherwise.

So, I was surprised by "The Campaign". It is pretty consistently funny and much better than you might expect.

Cam Brady (Ferrell), the unopposed, incumbent Democratic Congressman who represents a small district in North Carolina, is a born politician, willing to do and say anything for your vote. When a sex scandal looms, he doesn't give it much thought. He is extremely popular and doesn't really care. Even his wife seems to disregard the scandal; Cam is being considered for a Vice Presidential run and she can't wait to be Second Lady. But the Mocht Brothers (John Lithgow and Dan Akroyd) are disappointed with the profits from their Chinese Toy factory; the child labor earns too much and then they have to pay to ship the product to the United States. So they want to have a significant portion of North Carolina rezoned so they can build a massive factory, import Chinese child labor and save on the shipping. But Cam won't sign on prompting them to find a candidate to run against the incumbent. They zero in on Marty Huggins (Galiafinakis), the son of a former North Carolina congressman, who runs a small tourist agency. They send Tim Wattley (Dylan McDermott) to run Marty's campaign and he immediately begins turning the new candidate's life upside down. Marty is initially resistant to the changes, but begins to catch on and prove to be a formidable candidate.

Directed by Jay Roach ("Austin Powers") and written by Shawn Harwell ("Eastbound and Down") and Chris Henchy ("Land of the Lost"), "The Campaign" may seem like a typical Will Ferrell film, but it has a lot more going for it. More laughs, more satire, more dark humor and it has something to say. All of this contributes to help make the film something worth watching.

Ferrell is clearly channeling his George W. impersonation. From the moment we first meet Cam, we realize he is a career politician, willing to say and do whatever it takes to maintain his power, his image, his place in Washington. As the Democratic incumbent, he sees his district as his personal tool box; he can play with anyone and anything he pleases. But Ferrell reveals more layers to Cam's character making him more interesting than the typical man-boy who refuses to grow up so often portrayed by the comedian. When Cam runs unopposed, Mitch (Jason Sudeikis, "Horrible Bosses"), his campaign manager, has to make a few calls to cover up his boss' frequent missteps.

And when Marty enters the picture, you can see the momentary indecision cross his face. What should he do? Is Marty an obstacle and if so, how can he overcome it? It doesn't take Cam very long to remember all of the tricks and trades of being a politician and he soon kicks into high gear, providing a little bit of 'shock and awe' for his wet-behind-the-ears opponent.

One of the best things about "The Campaign" is watching the change in Galiafinakis' character. Initially, he decides to run because he wants to help preserve his district. As soon as he agrees, the Mocht brothers send in Wattley, to mold and shape Marty into a candidate the American voter can get behind. Marty, his wife and two kids, don't understand why their life has to change but Cam instantly criticizes his two small Pugs, his "Chinese" dogs, and when this becomes a campaign issue, Tim changes the dogs and photographs the family with two all American dogs.

Galiafinakis imbues Marty with the perfect amount of doe-eyed innocence and a strange, affected accent, both of which make him instantly strange and unusual. But as he realizes what is necessary to win the campaign, a reality hits and his demeanor begins to change. Throughout, you can see the new and old Marty fighting for dominance, fighting to take over.

But Roach does a very interesting thing with the two leads. As you watch all of this going on in Marty's life, you realize Cam has already gone through all of this. Watching Marty gives us insight into Cam's life and character. It is like watching two different stages of the same character concurrently.

Dylan McDermott is a real surprise. As Tim Wattley, the professional campaign manager sent in by the Mocht brothers, he insinuates himself into Marty's life in a funny and unexpected way, popping up behind or near Marty and his wife whenever he feels like something is going off track. He also seems barely able to control his disappointment in Marty, a fact that barely seems to register with the virgin candidate.

Jason Sudeikis is the straight man to Ferrell's Cam and doesn't generate a lot of laughs.

Sarah Baker (TV's "Go On"), who plays Mitzi, Marty's wife is a standout. She experiences the same things her husband goes through, but gives us an idea of what the wife goes through. And she provides a good sounding board for all of Marty's strangeness.

Karen Maruyama is a scene stealer as Mrs. Yao, the housekeeper for Marty's dad. Every time she appears on screen, she says something that makes you laugh. Her character is pretty un-PC but the circumstances for her behavior are very memorable..

Dan Akroyd and John Lithgow play the Mocht brothers, greedy industrialists. The sequence of their tour through the Chinese toy factory is filled with some funny sight gags, which are, sadly, probably more truthful than they should be.

Jay Roach has created a funny comedy which derives a lot of laughs from biting comments about our current political landscape. There are a lot of laughs, the film contains a lot of dark humor and the performances are better than average.

However, the film falters in the last act because the filmmakers seem to feel it necessary to give some of the characters redeeming qualities. They have to do good, to become a good person, which detracts from the earlier dark humor, the political satire. It leaves the viewer feeling slightly wronged in a way.

But because there are so many laughs, so much humor, these few Hollywood-necessary moments at the end of the film can and should be overlooked.

"The Campaign" is a funny, biting reminder of some of the worst aspects of American politics. And it couldn't be more perfectly timed.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Belly laughs and bruised sensibilities, December 13, 2012
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I like Will Ferrell and I like Zach Galifianakis. I know that this movie is supposed to be a comedy, but what it actually becomes is a satirical documentary on the sad state of US politics. The proof of this is how closely the actions in the movie mirror what real-life candidates do in order to be elected to public office. There are a couple of places where you will laugh so hard that you will cry. But after the movie is over the after taste it leaves is the sobering realization that much of current US politics is simply theater and pageantry. It would be more funny if it wasn't so tragic.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another quirky comedy from Will Ferrell, December 6, 2012
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Will Ferrell goes back to the quirky roles that have defined his career. This political satire is a perfectly timed for this recent election. If you are looking for some good, goofy laughs, definitely give this a shot.
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