The Campaign Review

by Brodie Marchant Featured 16 Comments 13 Votes 1087 Views 10/08/2012 Back to Articles

The Campaign stars Will Ferrel and Zach Galifianakis and is only 80 minutes long. Yet, it's a complete mess. This year, Hollywood has stepped up their game with comedies. 21 Jump Street was a great film and hilarious throughout, and Ted was a really dumb, but really fun film that's perfect for watching whilst having a beer with your mates. You'd think that comedy legends Ferrell and Galifianakis would have given us a film that's at least half as good as their usual work. Instead we get a movie that fails abysmally to find an audience.

A good premise for a comedy film is usually something funny. Waking up after a night of drinking and not knowing what happened, even a foul mouthed teddy bear. These things are as concepts are at least mildly humorous. What's funny about American Politics? Probably a lot, but there's no real material to use in a dumb comedy such as this. It probably plays better with an American audience though. If you want to watch a good satire about American politics, this is not the film to watch.

When I looked up the session times I was really delighted to find out it only had an 80 minute run time. Short and sweet, just the way I like my comedies. Though, about 40 minutes in I started to get really bored. The plot kicked into gear and the jokes stopped coming. I never thought I'd call an 80 minute film overly long, but The Campaign really is. Do not go see this movie in a cinema, hire it out on DVD if you must so you can stop watching it if you get bored. I'd never walk out of a cinema, but I wanted to.


All that being said though, The Campaign had me chuckling a few times. The comedy is very low brow, which I don't mind if it's done well. When you spend 80 minutes telling jokes, chances are a few are going to land. Most of the lasts were garnered from the first act of the movie though, and the comedy really feels like it dies down after that.

The worst thing of all though, is that I really like Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis. Sure they can sometimes be hit and miss, but I've seen them both do some really intelligent comedy, be it low brow or high brow. It's disheartening to see them both sign onto something this awful.

If you're bored and looking for something to do, don't go to the cinemas and watch The Campaign. It's overly long, at only 80 minutes and is comprised of two great comedians being almost completely not funny and failing to satirize American politics intelligently.

By Brodie Marchant

The Campaign
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DirectorsJay Roach
StarringWill Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis
RatingMA
Length 85 minutes
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Eh, got a voucher to see it for $7.
I need a good laugh....even if it's only once. :P
Neither of them are funny anyway. =/
I think it's not your taste of comedy?

It's mainly right-wing satire. And your political views lean towards the right, from what I gather.
It was barely satire. The biggest joke was politicians are dumb because the rich people pick the dumb ones they can control to support.

I have no political views lol...
That's a shame. I thought it looked pretty funny from the previews.
I think it's still worth watching to see a baby get punched in the face.
I enjoyed it but it was pretty stupid.

BBking said: I think it's not your taste of comedy?
It's mainly right-wing satire. And your political views lean towards the right, from what I gather.



I haven't seen the film but does it make fun of the right? Is that what you mean? Because Brodie "seems" right (I'm guessing you're generalising...) he is less likely to enjoy the humour seeing as though it makes fun of his frame of mind?

I don't get this comment :P
You're right, it's short but damn it felt like it went for a good two hours. In my opinion, babies and dogs getting punched in the face reeks of desperation, and it was disappointing to see people like John Lithgow (who we barely see these days) given so little material to work with. I was surprised to see Josh Lawson in there though, hopefully something better will come along for him.

shiversul said: It was barely satire. The biggest joke was politicians are dumb because the rich people pick the dumb ones they can control to support.


Yeah, I can see how that's funny, but also see how it could be boringly drawn out.

shiversul said:I have no political views lol...


... [Shifty]

:P

Beta said: I don't get this comment


I was just wondering that maybe he didn't find it funny because of his political views, that's all. :) Not saying that he should or shouldn't have enjoyed it.

I think that parallels could be drawn to/from the current live one in the US. I've got to see it though. Planning to this weekend.

But I have heard that it's very low brow, which I'm not a fan of. Haven't seen The Hangover or any "dude" movie for about 10 years. I haven't even see Dude, where's my car?, which all my friends have.

I didn't think Anchor Man was that funny, but my mates like Will so I'll see it with them.
Looks terribad. Was actually invited to see this on the weekend, but refused because I cannot see me liking any part of this.

I assume Baby punching will be consistent with the rest of the movie's humour, since it's featured in the trailer? Yawn...

mordillo said: I was surprised to see Josh Lawson in there though, hopefully something better will come along for him.

It is called House of Lies and it is one of the funniest shows on tv right now.

BBking said: I think it's not your taste of comedy?
It's mainly right-wing satire. And your political views lean towards the right, from what I gather.



Eh, talk in Australian language. Explain again what the right-left are supporting?

Milky said:

mordillo said: I was surprised to see Josh Lawson in there though, hopefully something better will come along for him.

It is called House of Lies and it is one of the funniest shows on tv right now.


He is in Any questions for Ben which I thought was good!

iSR said:

BBking said: I think it's not your taste of comedy?
It's mainly right-wing satire. And your political views lean towards the right, from what I gather.


Eh, talk in Australian language. Explain again what the right-left are supporting?


I don't want to get political. I was merely commenting on someone's views and how it could reflect the taste in the comedy displayed in this movie.
In the context of the movie I thought the baby-punching incident was pretty funny... Humour completely dies off in the second half though and it turns into your classic cheesy comedy.
They played the baby punching clip like 3 times.
It was in slow mo. And was so ****ing boring lol.

And then he punched the dog from The Artist.
And I was like wut.

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