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I brought my broom because.. it's a mess,
This review is from: The Campaign (DVD)
It's fair to say that both Will Ferrell and Zack Galifiniakis are in top form in this excellent comedy whose release coincides with the Presidential Election campaign.
Ferrell excels in playing over the top alpha male type characters, and his years of impersonating Bush for example on SNL pays off handsomely in this entertaining romp, because he truly can adopt that type of presence.
I was half expecting another formulaic comedy, yet the writer dials up the absurdity from the get go, sending up the political election process, and I am sure it will appeal to people of all persuasions, and foul is fair in this campaign.
Cam Brady, career congressman runs unopposed for reelection until two billionaire businessman decide to put up an unlikely opposing candidate. But can an unlikely naÔve nobody transform into a ruthless political somebody, or will he be eaten alive by the sophisticated political machine of one Cam Brady?
Ferrell plays Cam Brady, and Zack plays Marty Huggins who is a little odd, and definitely not your political type. He likes to walk his (Chinese) pugs, but when he gets a campaign manager and image consultant, he has to get labradors because they are more American and they test through the roof.
His wife has to get a Katie Couric haircut.
Some of the funniest pieces are the political ads, which absurdify the negative campaign ads we often see, and are laugh out loud funny. I also like the squaring off before they do the political debate where they do the dominant hand shake, and the stare-down, and the under the breath trash talk. If you're like me you will be amazed at the antics these two resort to to get ahead in the ratings. And you will be amazed at what gets them ahead in the ratings.
Even in the supporting roles, the actors are good, especially Dylan McDermott as the Huggins campaign manager, and Katherine La Nasa (formerly married to Dennis Hopper)excels as Brady's potty mouthed trophy wife, but the best surprise for me was Karen Maruyama as an Asian American maid role playing a different type of maid to please her throw back employers. Truly hilarious.
If you have loved Will Ferrell movies I think you will love this because he is in top form here. I hope this was helpful.
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Initial post: Sep 1, 2012 5:22:06 PM PDT
Sheryl Fechter says:
Hey L.P.--I can hardly believe that I pull up your review list and this is on top for the last posted. I am going to the theater to FINALLY see this one tonight as I have been wanting to since I saw the first trailer of it. I'm so glad that you gave it the full 5 as that must mean that this is as great as I have been anticipating. I laughed out loud reading your review and for once my vote counted down here! Your review is going to help a lot of Will Ferrell nuts, like myself, to rent or purchase this one--good point to tie in the upcoming election as it is surely targeted towards eh? Who else could do a president like Ferrell? Only Chevy Chase comes to mind with President Gerald Ford, the original SNL 'Not Ready For Prime Time' player. Thanks for your review and great title too, coincides perfectly for me and I am positive many many others also. Sheryl
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 2, 2012 11:37:28 PM PDT
Well I hope you enjoyed the movie if you did get to see it last night.
I have been working on another project so have not done so many reviews in the last few weeks. Thanks for stopping by Sheryl.
Posted on Sep 29, 2012 3:17:40 AM PDT
Sheryl Fechter says:
L.P.--I saw this one and I loved it. What a complete laugh riot. I really didn't expect it to be as good as it really is. These two go nuts in their campaign and you did a great job with the review. Good Luck with your project (as if it's a question of luck!). Sheryl
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