This is PBJ, and I have things to say about The Campaign!
IMDb.com User Rating: 6.2/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 67% Positive Reviews
PBJ’s Rating: 5.5/10 ♥’s
The latest work from Jay Roach (director of Austin Powers and Meet the Parents), The Campaign blends comedy heavyweight Will Ferrell with relative newcomer Zach Galifianakis. Leveraging Ferrell’s over-the-top-ness with Zach’s daft and subtle wit, the story chronicles a political brawl for North Carolina’s 14th District Congressional title. Jason Sudeikis also stars.
Veteran congressman Cam Brady (Ferrell) seems as though he’s waltzing into office unopposed, until one strange little simpleton named Marty Huggins (Galifiankis) raises the stakes. Backed by CEO’s with corrupt agendas, Marty learns the ropes of dirty politics, right down to shooting his opponent in the leg (which makes for a great clip).
First things first, Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis should be a match made in comedy heaven. The satire of the American brand of politics was great! Americans especially, but also anyone with a familiarity of general politics, can appreciate The Campaign in this regard. Cam Brady’s character was classic Ferrell, however Will Ferrell’s brand of comedy has never been my cup of tea. I seem to keep watching his movies with hopes that he’ll be witty and not just loud. Galifianakis was also somewhat of a letdown, which is maybe not entirely his fault now that he’s falling into a typecast a la The Hangover and Due Date. Still, I had higher hopes for this film. I enjoyed it for sure, but The Campaign left a few comedic itches unscratched.
The breakout factor for me was the unknown (but not at all inexperienced) Karen Maruyama! She plays Mrs. Yao, a foul-mouthed maid who puts on a Southern black woman’s accent at the request of her wealthy boss. Only in a couple short scenes, Mrs. Yao probably drew the heaviest laughs in the theatre. Her end note at the film’s close was awesome!
If you’re set on seeing The Campaign in theaters, Auckland readers can find showtimes here.