|Reviewed on 2012-08-10|
|Received|| out of 4 stars|
| Let the mudslinging begin. In “The Campaign” it is election time and what better way to poke fun at politics then a satire starring Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis. In a small North Carolina district Cam Brady (Ferrell) is a long-term congressman who has never received any competition. That is all about to change when an unknown odd man Marty Huggins (Galifianakis) enters the running. Naïve Huggins is not considered a threat at first, but being backed by the millionaire Motch brothers (John Lithgow and Dan Aykroyd) won't make it an easy win.
Huggins has a lot to improve on with his image. That is where Tim Wattley (Dylan McDermott) enters to help make Huggins 'not suck'. He quickly takes over his life and changes his style everywhere from his home to even the dogs he owns. Doing everything that he thinks is required to get him to be a viable candidate for election. These changes complicate his relationship with his wife and children and he will have to decide where his loyalty lies.
As the first debate rolls around Brady is at ease as this is his show and believes he is already the winner. Those beliefs are quickly dashed when Huggins steals the debate with his confident attitude and remarks about needing to clean up DC. When Brady realizes he has a true competitor the race gets dirty. From horrible ad campaigns, to hidden video cameras and even an 'accidental' shooting the countdown to voting gets pretty intense.
“The Campaign” is a comical hit that reminds you of all the things your hate about elections. Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis were hilarious throughout. It is a simple storyline and you know what to expect but the originality of the characters adds something special to the film. Instead of watching the lame mudslinging ads from home get out and enjoy some real election fire in theaters this weekend.