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11/16/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

The Campaign review

Congressman Cam Brady (Will Ferrell) runs against Marty Huggins (Zach Galifianakis). The humor was good except for some unbelievable scenes such as punching the baby/dog, putting (or even creating) the sex tape and probably more once viewed. These instances really removes the realism of comedies, no matter how funny it may seem. Direction and pace was fair. Not entirely one of the best comedies, still it entertains. Surprisingly hilarious in most scenes and it shows some range for Galifianakis. Soundtrack was upbeat which makes the film more enjoyable and support solid having Lithgow and Akroyd on-board. The Campaign is a well directed film which touches on dirty politics, lack of family time, father figure, integrity and good/bad leadership.

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11/05/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Prescient

What a great movie to come out in 2012, but instead of August, they should've waited until November to release it. If you're into politics, you'll surely get all of the references to the current political climate, most notably the Koch brothers of Kansas. In this film, John Lithgow and Dan Aykroyd play the Motch brothers. Who are trying to buy the election when things for the incumbent (Ferrell) go awry.

It's not quite as laugh-out-loud funny as I expected it to be, with both Ferrell and Galifianakis, but it did have some good laughs. It reminded me a lot of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939). In that film the same thing happens, some wealthy men try and put a puppet into Congress, hoping some bad legislation will get passed. That is essentially what happens in this film as well...

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08/13/2012 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

Fresh and Consistently Funny

Will Ferrell films are usually pretty predictable, with Ferrell typically playing an exaggerated version of himself. The Campaign starts similarly, but Ferrell's buffoonish, womanizing congressman is somewhat removed from his usual oafish character - a sneakier and more satire-based comedic creation. The film really gets going with the introduction of Zach Galifianakis's Marty Huggins, a lovable simpleton that steals nearly every scene of the film. The plot is a lot more focused than the usual comedy, with a great deal of unexpected dramatic tension. The film's pleasant surprise is that it gets a fair amount of smart shots in at both sides of the political spectrum and manages to weave these sharper moments in among the raunchier, "dumber," shock moments. In all, it's a fairly consis...

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3/4 

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08/10/2012 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

Rainbow Land, Yamahas, Donkey Kong?

I didn't have high expectations going into this movie. After all, Will Ferrell comedies are very hit or miss. The most recent movies he's been in have not been good. The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard, Land of the Lost, Step Brothers, and Blades of Glory are all movies I wish to forget, they only had a couple good one-liners in the whole movie. You have to go all the way back to 2006 with Talladega Nights and 2003 with Old School to get a good movie with Will Ferrell. The good thing is, The Campaign falls into the good category. There is non-stop funny (actual funny) moments and lots of good one-liners. Much of what you see in the previews on TV isn't even exactly what is used in the movie, so you aren't bored with a movie full of things you've already seen. The Campaign does inco...

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3/4 

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08/10/2012 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

Baby Punch-Gate 2012

Will Ferrell comedies, for me, have been hit or miss. In fact, many of his best known comedies (Anchorman and Old School) took awhile to grow on me while others (Blades of Glory, Land of the Lost, The Other Guys) never caught on at all. The Campaign is actually his first film that was good for me right off the bat.

Imagine if George W. Bush and Bill Clinton's DNA was mixed and the result was a wealthy, womanizing, foot-in-mouth politician and you'll have an idea of what Ferrell's character, Cam Brady, embodies throughout this film. Brady is the long-time, non-opposed, incumbent North Carolina Congressman. Unfortunately after leaving an explicit message on a wrong number, his approval rating is tanking. The opportunistic Motch Bros. (elder comic statesmen John Lithgow and Dan Aykroyd) s...

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