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The Campaign

Posted by admin on August 11, 2012


I don’t follow politics as much as I should. I observe the regular news whenever I can, but I don’t have a strong attachment to much of the political coverage that one would find on C-SPAN. Nevertheless, I do have my preferences in government decisions. Though I have plenty of liberal ideas, I still believe in a conservative manor. We don’t treat our country like a business enough. Times are challenging and are in desperate need of a change. Being that this year is another election season, I am curious about the possible outcomes. I know that the best way to make the selection is through the facts and not through the television commercials.

Political media is the target in The Campaign. It’s always in election years in which we receive these political satires. How about the fact that in the same year Obama was elected, we received Swing Vote? Or when W. Bush got the second term, we got First Daughter? They may be the products of the studios that take these times like as if their holiday films. Though I see them made as a way to portray politicians at their lowest as part of our own desire to expose the worst decisions in politics.

The Campaign brings together Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis in a duel to the death for a position as a congressman for the fourteenth district of North Carolina.  Just hearing that is already funny because they could have chosen to satirize a presidential election, but the smaller the position, the more unorthodox it seems. I think it cost more to make this movie then most potential congressmen spend on their own campaigns. Have you ever seen a congressman candidate flying though a theater, while playing a keyboard, landing on a stage where cheerleaders are dancing to the music of Bachman–Turner Overdrive’s “Takin Care of Business”? Maybe that would attract younger people to the voting booth.

Will Ferrell is Camden Brady, who is getting ready to serve his fifth term as a congressman. He plays his role the best way he can; offensive, egotistical, and somehow has a wife half his age. After tarnishing his Christian image, his investors the Motch brothers (played by Dan Aykroyd and John Lithgow) decide to convince an every to run against Brady to hide their true business plans. Zach Galifianakis is Marty Huggins, a tourism director that has the heart of a politician, but none of the sensibility to become one. As both men nearly kill each other with media, they start to learn how nether of them may be suited to go to Washington.

The Campaign does good for what it is; a silly comedy. I would have wanted something smarter and more insightful into today’s political issues. They probably could have created some good recession jokes.  It’s far from Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, but it’s decent for a simple comedy. This is the closest I will see to a politician steeling a police cruiser and punching a baby in the face.


I’ll give this three and a half punching babies out of five. I wish politics represented on the news could be simpler, but it’s never that easy. This movie shows how low these people are willing to go with their elections without providing answers. Luckily, if you're looking for something that relies more on characters then a political story, then this is a comedy for you.



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