The Campaign (2012)


“[to Cam] What are you pointin’ to there, you got a book of bad ideas?” – Mitch

Number of Times Seen – Twice (23 Oct 2012 and 4 Feb 2021)

Brief Synopsis – A Congressman faces off against a naive contender in a no holds bar election campaign for Congress.

My Take on it – Terrible film that takes the way that campaigns are run and goes beyond the extreme.

Both Will Farrell and Zach Galifianakis are superb actors but the way that they play these characters just go too far which makes it such a chore to try and get through.

The disappointing fact about this film is that the idea is great because we all know about the way that politics can corrupt and they show how things can be manipulated by finances.

Love the fact that they chose John Lithgow and Dan Aykroyd to play the financial backers and they both are great in the roles yet unfortunately can’t make the story even better.

Jason Sudeikis and Dylan McDermott are the campaign managers that don’t try hard enough to wrangle in their candidates.

The story feels too much like a group of humorous skits cobbled together but the fact that things are hit or miss is problematic because we never get a clear idea about things besides the attempts at humor that go too far more often than not.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – During the end credits when Marty Huggins (Zach Galifianakis) is mentioning the aliases used by Tim Wattley (Dylan McDermott), one of the names he says is Dermot Mulroney. In real-life, McDermott is sometimes confused with Mulroney, due to the similarities in their names. (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy (3/10)

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