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The Campaign (Second Opinion)

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Rated: R

1 hr 37 min

Staff Writer: Alison Nitsche

The Campaign was a funny satire of the political realm that our society loves to criticize, however, if one were to view this film more than once the laughs would cease to exist.

The concepts and people the film pokes fun at were consistently amusing throughout the entire film.  Even if you do not regularly follow politics, you will still be able to understand the references the movie makes (which I appreciated because I must admit I do not pay enough attention to what’s going on in politics).  This movie was much funnier than I thought it would be, but I did not think it would be all that funny to begin with.  My expectations were pretty low, so meeting and exceeding this was easy.

Zach Galifianakis plays the flamboyant Marty Huggins who boldly decides to run against the four-time incumbent Congressman Cam Brady (aka Will Ferrell).  Galifianakis steals the show.  No disrespect to Will Ferrell, he had some funny scenes, but I think he peaked long ago in his career.  Ferrell seemed to overact while Galifianakis easily played the lovable, southern Marty Huggins.

As good as Galifianakis was, I would never even consider watching this film again.  The only reason most people saw this movie in the first place was because it came out during an election year.  The Campaign is extremely predictable from start to finish.  I actually started doing homework halfway through the film and could still easily guess what would happen next.  Although I laughed consistently throughout this political comedy, there were never any considerable lol moments.  A few giggles here and there, but nothing spectacularly funny occurred.  Most of the jokes were just crude attempts at humor.  If you are bored and trying to kill time this film does the trick, but I would not recommend this debacle if anyone is searching for a good movie to watch.




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