Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The Campaign

Director: Jay Roach

Starring: Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis, John Lithgo, Dan Akroyd, Dylan McDermott

Long-term US congressman and rake, Cam Brady (Will Ferrell) has outstayed his worth according to a pair of ultra-wealthy CEOs (John Lithgow and Dan Akroyd) who plot to put up a rival candidate and gain influence over their North Carolina district. They choose the naïve Marty Huggins (Zach Galifianakis), director of the local Tourism Center, who appears the unlikeliest possible choice but, with the help of a sinister campaign manager (Dylan McDermott) and his family's political connections. Despite all the odds he soon becomes a contender who gives the charismatic Cam plenty to worry about. As the Election Day approaches the rivals are locked in a dead heat so time for dirty tricks which provides the bulk of slap stick comedy in this mildly satirical farce. Sure to be a success in the election year (US), and a perfect vehicle for Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis but not the hilarious movie you might expect. (I am not a fan of Will Ferrell).

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