The Campaign (2012)

Directed by: Jay Roach (not a particularly great director, and while I did enjoy Mystery, Alaska and Dinner for Schmucks, his best movie is still his first, the first Austin Powers movie)

Written by: Chris Henchy and Shawn Harwell

Starring: Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis, Jason Sudeikis, Brian Cox, John Lithgow, Dan Aykroyd, Dylan McDermott, Sarah Baker, Katherine LaNasa and many cameo appearances.

What it’s about: an incumbent congressman suddenly finds himself in for an election fight when a surprise candidate emerges

B-Movie Alternate Title: War in North Carolina!

Movie Mash Up: The American PresidentThe Other Guys – anything really funny or charming in either of those movies… I might have to selectively choose the movies I apply this category to

What I liked: Not a lot, that’s for sure.  There are some brief moments of funny, and all told, I didn’t hate the movie.  It is fairly inoffensive, other than some strong language which is just lazy writing.

What I disliked: There are a number of great actors in this movie, but other than Zach Galifianakis, everyone appears to just be phoning it in.  Even Brian Cox!  It’s a lazy movie, with jokes that are so easy and on-the-nose that at best it is boring and inoffensive.  Looking at the critical reaction to the film, I am surprised that it was so positively received since it is not particularly inventive or interesting or even featuring something “must-see”.  It is instantly forgettable.

Would I recommend it to anyone?: I dunno, I guess if you like Will Ferrell, go for it.  I never intend on watching it again.

Rating: 2 / 5

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About SkoochXC
Long-time blogger, Canadian, cine-snark-aphile, Tweeter and generally lonely hearted guy.

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