The Campaign

The Campaign is pretty good.  It is a bit over the top at times but still pretty enjoyable.  Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis star as rivals running for a congressional seat in North Carolina.  (I guess making them rivals in Texas would have reminded people of Ferrel’s George Bush impersonation.  Ferrell is made up to look a bit more like John Edwards.)

The movie is not really about issues.  It is more about how shallow the coverage of elections can be at times.  It is more of a farce than a satire.

Several real life political commentators appear as themselves to comment on the various events of the movie.   Those moments are fun.  (Fake commentators would be oddly distracting.)  Supporting roles are played by John Lithgow, Dan Aykroyd, and Dylan McDermott.  McDermott is good as the campaign manager.

It might not be Ferrell’s best movie.  The movie is not going to be a classic.  When it goes too far, it really goes too far.

I describd this movie to a friend and he said that it sounded like I thought it was below average at best.  I think it was slightly above average.  I think it could have been better.


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