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The Campaign

By MATTHEW KORFHAGE
Zach Galifianakis and Will Ferrell have become the paunchy, awkward Wayans brothers of American comedic film, broad-stroked and choked up with cheap gags, sweaty and desperate for the audience’s love. Their comedic affinity for each other is so pronounced it was only a matter of time before they finally starred together onscreen: In The Campaign, they play small-town North Carolina political candidates bent on utterly destroying each other. But no matter how obvious the pairing might have seemed during backroom Hollywood meetings, it was a terrible, terrible mistake. Like two needy over-talkers in the same conversation, Ferrell and Galifianakis engage throughout the film in a kind of scenic tug of war, a nuclear escalation of comedic ADHD that threatens to flatten the entire landscape. Galifianakis plays his usual brand of effete mental instability as a family-money misfit tapped by evil industrialists (Dan Aykroyd and John Lithgow) to run as Ferrell’s opponent. Ferrell’s performance, on the other hand, draws from an oddball hodgepodge of past presidents—most notably Bushes I and II—mélanged together into an aggressively retarded Republican stew. Strange, then, that he plays a Dixiecrat who pals up to Bill Clinton. And in comedy, as in politics, absolutely no stunt is beyond bounds, from childhood bestiality to Asian women talking in a Southern-mammy dialect to baby-punching. And as in any no-holds-barred political drag-out, everyone loses.
 
  • Genres: Comedy
  • Release Date: Friday, August 10, 2012
  • Country: United States
  • Language: English
  • Critic's Score: D-
  • Starring: Will Ferrell [Cam Brady], Zach Galifianakis [Marty Huggins], Jason Sudeikis [Mitch], Katherine LaNasa [], Dylan McDermott [], John Lithgow [], Dan Aykroyd [], Brian Cox []
  • Directed by: Jay Roach [Director], Chris Henchy [Screenwriter], Shawn Harwell [Screenwriter], Will Ferrell [Producer], Adam McKay [Producer], Jay Roach [Producer], Zach Galifianakis [Producer], Amy Sayres [Executive Producer], Jon Poll [Executive Producer], Chris Henchy [Executive Producer]
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