Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The Campaign - DVD Review

Starring Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis, Jason Sudeikis, Dylan McDermott, Katherine LaNasa, John Lithgow, Dan Aykroyd and Brian Cox.
Directed by Jay Roach.


Sure, there's a couple laughs. It's impossible for Will Ferrell to make a movie without some.  It takes the exaggerated nastiness typical in election campaigns and has fun with it.  But its main target is so thinly disguised, it loses its edge.

Will Ferrell plays Cam Brady, a North Carolina congressman in a safe, safe district.  But after getting caught having an affair, his puppermaster donors decide they want someone else in his place.  They handpick Marty Huggins (Zach Galifianakis) to challenge him.

Hijinks ensue.

This movie is a giant commercial against Citizens United and the Koch brothers.  In the movie, they're the Motch brothers, two rich guys in smoke-filled rooms who plot how to control government.  A smarter satire might have made them a little more subtle, made them more reminiscent of Randolph & Mortimer Duke from Trading Places.  Here they're a parody of an MSNBC caricature of capitalistic evil.  And if you're going to do that, please be smart about it.

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