The Campaign - Review

PAINFULLY FUNNY POLITICS Zach Galifianakis and Will Ferrell face off in The Campaign

When you go into a Will Ferrell comedy, you don't want to just chuckle. You want to enjoy the Big Laugh, the one that makes you feel like a kid again because what's happening is so funny that you lose all control. In The Campaign, that moment arrived for me during a U.S. congressional debate. Cam Brady (Ferrell), a smugly moronic right-wing incumbent trying to hold on to a seat from North Carolina, has been challenged by Marty Huggins (Zach Galifianakis), a doofus with no experience but with some major players behind him. In the debate, Marty asks Cam to recite the Lord's Prayer. It's a way of testing whether Cam is a man of True Conservative Values. Does he know the prayer by heart? Of course he doesn't. So his campaign manager, Mitch (Jason Sudeikis), signals the words to him from the sidelines by acting them out as if this were a game of charades. As Cam fumbles around, getting about half of the words right and half of them gloriously wrong ("Give us this day...our daily pizza"), the scene escalates and erupts as surely as the funniest moments from Anchorman or Talladega Nights. This time, however, the silliness suggests something more resonant. Read More...,,20589911,00.html 


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