Good, Bad & Ugly Review: The Campaign

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 67% (Critics) / 64% (Audience)
Directed By: Jay Roach
Written By: Chris Henchy and Shawn Harwell
Starring: Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis and Jason Sudeikis
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures

Synopsis: In order to gain influence over their North Carolina district, two CEOs seize an opportunity to oust long-term congressman Cam Brady by putting up a rival candidate. Their man: naive Marty Huggins, director of the local Tourism Center.

The Good:
Galifiniakis’ portrayal of the effete Marty Huggins is a visual treat to behold and he deserves kudos for the effort he put into making the character so three dimensional. Ferrell also did a nice spin on his George W. Bush character by making his Cam Brady more lascivious and a lot less childlike. Dylan McDermott stood out too as the Sith Lord-like campaign manager hired to make Marty into a winning politician. The next time any casting director is looking for someone to play Satan they need to give McDermott a call. he pulled off oily menace surprisingly well.

The Bad:
Aside from the things that were shown in the trailer and a particularly hilarious scene where Ferrell’s Brady tries to recite the Lord’s Prayer, this movie was not all that funny. Aside from the aforementioned things I did not laugh out loud at anything in thing in the film. I alternated between light chuckling and total silence.

The Ugly:
The Asian maid speaking like an old southern mammie was mildly humorous the first time it was shown but by the third time it was just annoying.

Final Verdict: A movie with this level of talent in front of and behind the camera has no call to be as moderately comical as The Campaign. If you’ve seen the trailers then you have seen 90% of the best parts of the film and can save yourself the $10 ticket price. C-


  1. r361n4 · August 12, 2012

    I normally am not one to stand up for Will ferrell but I actually liked this movie quite a bit more than you did. The main thing that I was disappointed in was the lack of political bite that I’d expect from the man who directed Recount and The Game Change, but as far as the comedy went I actually found myself laughing more at this movie more than I have for any comedy this year. As far as 2012 goes my favorite comedy would still be Ted but that’s more because of the better development of the characters than anything.

    Anyways if you want to know why I liked it better feel free to check out my review but I respect your opinion as I do all of my fellow movie reviewers 🙂


    • Derek · August 13, 2012

      God review and I can understand why you found it much funnier than I did. Things just felt flat to me and I went into the movie really expecting to be doubled over laughing based on how funny the trailer was.


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