Review by Matthew Schuchman
Outrageous characters, larger than life scenarios, overtly complex analogies - these are a few of the things associated with every Will Ferrell comedy. The Campaign doesn't stray too far from the expected formula, and it's sure to please the Will Ferrell faithful. Does that automatically categorize it as a good movie? Not really, but it'll do just fine as a placeholder between the summer blockbusters and the winter awards rush.
It's almost as if films like this don't even need reviews anymore. You just need someone to tell you if it was funny, or all the jokes failed. If you like everything Ferrell has done in the past, you'll have nothing to worry about. The film missed its chance to maybe take a more serious tone at times and truly work as a profound piece of satire, but it lays in a nest of absurd mockery instead.
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Directed by: Jay Roach
Written by: Chris Henchy (screenplay), Shawn Harwell (screenplay)
Featuring: Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis and Jason Sudeikis
Plot: In order to gain influence over their North Carolina district, two CEOs seize an opportunity to oust long-term congressman Cam Brady by putting up a rival candidate. Their man: naive Marty Huggins, director of the local Tourism Center.