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The Campaign (2012)

Add The Campaign to the list of laugh out loud Will Ferrell (Old School, The Other Guys) movies. For as many misses as Will Ferrell has (like Case de mi padre, Land of the Lost, and Semi-Pro), he strikes gold just as often. He's not the draw that he was at the height of his career (between 2003-2005), but he still is able to make me laugh as well as any other actor out there. While he plays roughly the same type of character in most his movies. it doesn't make him any less funny. I do think he has goes overboard in some of his movies (Blades of Glory, Anchorman), but when he lets the script come to him, he's a lot of fun to watch on the screen.

Jay Roach (Meet the Parents, Austin Powers franchise) directs this gem of a comedy. The story in itself is very simple. Cam Brady (Ferrell) is a congressman from North Carolina who has won the previous four elections he has been in. But when he thinks he leaves an inappropriate message on an answering machine of a woman he is having an affair with, he learns that the message was actually heard by a very conservative family. The message gets released to the public and Brady's political career is influx. Enter Marty Huggins (Zach Galifianakis - The Hangover, Due Date), the director of a local tourism center and pushover son of a wealthy businessman. Huggins becomes the perfect candidate for the wealthy Motch brothers (John Lithgow and Dan Akroyd). Glen (Lithgow) and Wade (Akroyd) see Huggins as a man they can easily push around once he is in office. The Motch's have no problem fronting the money for Marty's campaign. They believe they can use Marty as their puppet, once he is in office, to their advantage.

The heart of the movie is not the issues of the campaign, but the two actual campaigns themselves. Cam is cut-throat and seemingly will stop at nothing in his quest to get into office. Marty is kind, innocent, and too easily influenced. After some initial gaffes that get him buried in the polls, the Motch's hire Tim Wattley (Dylan McDermott - Hamburger Hill, Olympus Has Fallen), a cunning campaign manager whose job is to toughen Marty up will still making him seem like a viable candidate. Not to be outdone, Cam has his own campaign manager (Jason Sudeikis - Horrible Bosses, Hall Pass) who isn't afraid to throw punches. The end result is some constant chuckles and some laugh out loud moments. Ferrell and  Galifianakis are perfectly cast in their roles. Everyone who watches Saturday Night Live knows that Sudeikis is funny, but McDermott more than held his own with these three comedians.

This is a must see for any Will Ferrell fan. If you aren't necessarily a Ferrell fan, I'd still consider it a watch. If you can't stand Ferrell, you might want to avoid it. In my opinion, The Campaign was the funniest movie released in 2012.

Plot 9/10
Character Development 9/10
Character Chemistry 9/10
Acting 9/10
Screenplay 9/10
Directing  9/10
Cinematography 8/10
Sound 8/10
Hook and Reel 9/10
Universal Relevance 10/10






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