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A long-term congressman commits a major public gaffe. So a pair of
ultra-wealthy CEOs plot to put up a rival candidate and gain influence over
their North Carolina district. As Election Day closes in, the two are locked in
a dead heat, with insults quickly escalating to injury until all they care about
is burying each other.
Comedy - This is a fairly short, raunchy political satire aimed at younger
adult moviegoers. Fans of stars Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis
will have plenty to savor here. Constant language and raunchy humor
plus sexual situations make this film inappropriate for kids.
PROFANITY: 27 F-words; 12 S-words; 7 GD's; a number of others. SEX/NUDITY: Sex and unrelated nudity. VIOLENCE: Fights, shootings, and hits to babies and animals, all played for laughs. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol and tobacco. ACTION: A brawl/riot. COMEDY: Constant banter/wisecracks; sex gags; political humor; slapstick.
Roger EbertFull Review Good 'The Campaign' made me think of 'Mr. Smith Goes to Washington' if it had been written by the Onion staff.
USA TodayFull Review Above Average That scene is a hoot, but subversive moments like these are rare in a movie mired in lackluster humor and toothless spoofing.
Entertainment WeeklyFull Review Average The excesses of partisan sniping, negative campaigning and pandering skullduggery are the comic equivalent of fish in a barrel, and every last minnow gets picked off in 'The Campaign,'...
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 91 moviegoers:
TEENS:The very silly comedy of Will Ferrell was appreciated most by young males. They rated it very high. A little better than half the females truly enjoyed "The Campaign." The remaining females still enjoyed it but not highly.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:As the age of the males increases, their appreciation of Will Ferrell's style of silly humor decreases. Still, over half indicated that they enjoyed it very much. The remaining reviews are disappointing since some only rated it as a "Fair" movie. Six of the seven female reviews are quite high. A couple loved it, over half rated it above average and only one was slightly disappointed.
ADULTS:These are certainly not great reviews but for a silly comedy from Will Ferrell, these reviews aren't bad. Over half the males and females enjoyed "The Campaign" very much. Unfortunately, the remaining reviews are disappointing since many only rated it as an average movie.
When long-term congressman Cam Brady (Will Ferrell) commits a major public
gaffe before an upcoming election, a pair of ultra-wealthy CEOs plot to put up a
rival candidate and gain influence over their North Carolina district. Their
man: naïve Marty Huggins (Zach Galifianakis), director of the local Tourism
At first, Marty appears to be the unlikeliest possible choice but, with
the help of his new benefactors' support, a cutthroat campaign manager and his
family's political connections, he soon becomes a contender who gives the
charismatic Cam plenty to worry about.
As Election Day closes in, the two are
locked in a dead heat, with insults quickly escalating to injury until all they
care about is burying each other, in this mud-slinging, back-stabbing,
home-wrecking comedy from "Meet the Parents" director Jay Roach that takes
today's political circus to its logical next level. Because even when you think
campaign ethics have hit rock bottom, there's room to dig a whole lot deeper.