“The Campaign” brings the laughs

Reporter: “You’re challenging our four-term congressman, how do you plan to do that?”
Marty Huggins: … “Say that again.”

“The Campaign” which features Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis in a political duel, is guaranteed to make you laugh.

Cam Brady (Ferrell) is a long time congressman who is rarely rivaled. He takes his responsibility for granted, and hardly ever pays attention in Congress. Why should he? He’s got the job sealed, it’s on a silver platter.The only roadblock that exists in politics is money.

Two quirky CEO’s played by Dan Aykroyd and John Lithgow decide it’s finally time for a rival candidate to challenge Brady. The only catch here is that the candidate be naive, and controllable by the CEO’s, because honestly in this day age most politicians are portrayed as puppets. Though some I am sure still believe in “ethics” many sway towards the all-mighty dollar.

The two CEO’s decide that Marty Huggins (Galifianakis) a simpleton who has no background in the political world would be the perfect puppet to replace Brady. What ensues is a vicious and vulgar duel between the candidates.

The film makes a mockery of not only the candidates, but the electorate as well. People these days are so easily swayed by one comment, that a candidate should be called a salesman. The idea is to sell an idea, not actually execute it. Brady and Huggins do everything from vulgar political advertisements, to involving family members as chess pieces in a heated race.

The campaign managers even make a strong push in the film. Mitch (Jason Sudeikis) is Brady’s main man, while Tim Wattley (Dylan McDermott) is Huggins campaign leader. Both join in on the vicious battle, but Wattley is ready to do whatever it takes to win. McDermott is a real scene stealer in the film.

The success of the film relies on Ferrell and Galifianakis delivering a message in the funniest way possible. Director Jay Roach who brought us “Meet the Parents,” and “Recount” an HBO film on the 2000 U.S. presidential election and the infamous hanging chad incident, wisely uses both actors comedic timing without making the film a political history lesson. Instead Roach lets the vulgarity play out, as if the process has given him a valid reason to do so.

It’s hard to find ethics in politics. “The Campaign” in an odd way shows you right from wrong, and trust me it’s not hard to spot.

“The Campaign” makes it no secret from the start that it’s not a believable political story. But it does make you wonder how many congressmen work for special interest groups, or are hiding salacious stories that would ruin a political career in minutes. If things were even more candid, I would imagine we would have a bunch of Cam Brady’s running around and causing a ruckus. Scary eh….?

“The Campaign” is a solid comedy, and well worth the watch in a what is bound to be another real life heated battle between Obama/Biden and Romney/Paul. I am positive it won’t involve punching a baby though….

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