Let's start with the subject matter. Politics. First of all, politics isn't all that funny. But it can be. THE DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMEN was hilarious. Chris Rock's HEAD OF STATE was funny, but off the top of my head I can't think of much more than that. That said, I'm not big on politics, but there's loads of room for humour if you try. This flick didn't bother. There's lots of gross out bits, raunchy stuff (truth be told I enjoyed the two bits with the religious family via the telephone call and snake bite) and some pokes at religion (but nothing overly ballsy). The baby punching incident was funny, but when brought around for a second run with a dog...not so much.
Ferrell's persona is an "as is" stigma in these types of films and the same can be said for Zach Galifianakis, but at least he's acting a bit different here. Galifianakis is still considered a one hit wonder, and playing it safe with flicks like this and DUE DATE aren't helping his career. Yes, a HANGOVER 3 is coming, but you can't milk that franchise forever. The guy is funny though, I love a lot of his Between Two Ferns web series entries. Don't get me wrong, he's not going anywhere outside his normal persona there either, but he's funny as hell and that's what counts at the end of the day. Here, his sad life, pathetic family and horrendous storyline just aren't funny. I like the heartwarming turn of events at the end, but even so, it's been done to death and had me yawning.
THE CAMPAIGN is an election where no matter who wins on screen, we all lose as viewers. There is a definite shortage of real gut blowing comedies coming out lately and I'm feeling that loss. I love comedies. I was looking forward to watching this (holding my breath that it would be good). And what makes matters worse, is the fact that Ferrell's feeling washed up, and with a new ANCHOR MAN on the way I'm praying to God, The Four Winds, Opera and Scientology that he doesn't destroy the character that's made him so damn memorable. It would be a sad day if this comes to pass.
Deleted Scenes: Three things: Brian Cox's talents were wasted here, the porn commercial being played at the religious home was funny, and swapping an arrow for a rifle was the wrong move as the arrow was much funnier.
Gag Reel: Gag Reel's are typically worthless these days. This one is no different.
Previews: There's a couple trailers as well as two versions of the film (not much difference there) on Blu-ray and a DVD Copy with the theatrical version only.