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The Campaign
BLU-RAY disk
Nov 29, 2012 By: J.A. Hamilton
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Director:
Jay Roach

Actors:
Will Ferrell
Zach Galifianakis
Jason Sudeikis

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Congressman Cam Brady has run unopposed for four terms and thinks he has the fifth in the bag until an unlikely, rough around the edges candidate, Marty Huggins comes out of nowhere to take him on. Baby punching, dog punching and snake biting ensue.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Sigh. As much as I enjoy Will Ferrell in general (mainly due to his few iconic roles), his movies have become predictable, bloated and just plain dull (cough, cough, ADAM SANDLER). One out of five Ferrell films will make you laugh out loud...if you're lucky. Sadly, this ain't one of em. I was rooting for him here, I truly was, as the trailers made this look laugh worthy, but I can honestly say I laughed twice and maybe smiled a couple times. This, Mr. Ferrell, is unacceptable.

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.
THE EXTRAS
Line-O-Rama: Ironically enough most of this is pretty funny. I have no words for the betrayal I'm feeling right now.

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.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
There's no reason (other than sheer laziness on the part of the writers) why this flick couldn't have been funny. It really should have been. Unfortunately, this is yet another notch in Ferrell's flop belt and he's drug everyone involved down with him.
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10:30PM on 12/02/2012

I wish it was better, but...

I was also disappointed by Galiafanakisí performance because it was just like one of his regular characters, but without the outrageous weirdness that makes them hilarious. I also found the comedy to be rather shallow since it opted for bodily humor rather than real political satire most of the time. I just watched this movie with a couple of friends that I work with at DISH and it was a little awkward since we all wanted it to be funny, but it just wasnít. I skipped this movie in theaters
I was also disappointed by Galiafanakisí performance because it was just like one of his regular characters, but without the outrageous weirdness that makes them hilarious. I also found the comedy to be rather shallow since it opted for bodily humor rather than real political satire most of the time. I just watched this movie with a couple of friends that I work with at DISH and it was a little awkward since we all wanted it to be funny, but it just wasnít. I skipped this movie in theaters because it got some bad reviews, and I figured I could just wait and rent it with DISHís Blockbuster @Home service. I love how I can check out all of the big releases without worrying about wasting money because I can rent as many movies as I want at a flat monthly rate. I am glad that I only rented it because I donít think that I will ever want to watch it again.
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6:06PM on 11/29/2012
Far from a perfect movie, I still enjoyed how they managed to send up the Tea Party movement. The ending was actually one of my biggest issues with the film, as I was hoping for something a little more dark and cynical. I did enjoy a couple of references to North Carolina politics, including where a pundit comments that Brian Cox ran Jesse Helms' campaign, when in fact Zach Galifianakis' uncle was the guy Jesse Helms defeated to become a U.S. Senator. I also liked Aykroyd and Lithgow as
Far from a perfect movie, I still enjoyed how they managed to send up the Tea Party movement. The ending was actually one of my biggest issues with the film, as I was hoping for something a little more dark and cynical. I did enjoy a couple of references to North Carolina politics, including where a pundit comments that Brian Cox ran Jesse Helms' campaign, when in fact Zach Galifianakis' uncle was the guy Jesse Helms defeated to become a U.S. Senator. I also liked Aykroyd and Lithgow as brothers, reminiscent of the Dukes in "Trading Places." On the whole I felt this movie came at the right time. Maybe it isn't as funny as it could've been, but it took advantage of the times well enough.
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