The Campaign

2012-10-26 09:23
The Campaign
What it's about:

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: naive Marty Huggins (Zach Galifianakis), director of the local Tourism Centre.

Who we thought was the best candidate:


Not everyone votes the same way when it comes to comedy. You're either left cackling or cringing at the likes of Galifianakis and Ferrell. But The Campaign is a hoot that's more than the sum of its parts.

The gags leave one wincing; mouthing OMFG! while the supporting cast, including Jason Sudeikis and Dylan McDermott, is supremely wry and effective.

But it all comes down to service delivery. Did you get enough comedy for your cash? If we were voting on policy, I'd vote for Will Ferrell's Cam Brady. Ferrell pulls off mean and sly with a generous helping of slick; he's so well suited to the role of Chief Asshole.

However, if we're voting on delivery, Zach Galifianakis's Marty Huggins wins hands down. That voice! That walk! That innocent expression.... It's genius. What he says isn’t half as funny as how he says it and the bodywork that goes into pulling off an oddball like Huggins - exemplary. 

I firmly believe that in comedy, just like in politics, talking the talk means nothing if you can't walk the walk.

So my vote goes to Zach Galifianakis as Marty Huggins.


For me, Zach Galfin-thingy is like Barack Obama circa 2007/ 2008: He was the new-ish kid on the US political block who started making a name for himself and before you knew it – wham! – he was the guy everybody was talking about.

I suppose others are more familiar with Galfin… Zach than I am because my only experience of him is The Hangover. With Will Ferrell, however, I know I’m on safe comedic ground – he’s done numerous snort-your-drink-out-through-your-nose funny films and was a Saturday Night Live regular. One could call him the John McCain of comedy.

And yet… when it came to The Campaign, Galfinny (I'm going with that) was the one who had me clutching my sides while I laughed out loud.

The walk, the talk, the moustache, the jumpers, it could all have turned out so badly in the hands of a lesser comedian but Zach makes it work. He's got my LOL vote – while Jason Sudeikis gets my hottie vote!


Two candidates, one goal: to be the funniest of them all! And who better to pit Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis against each other?

Whether you're a Ferrell fan or a Galifianakis fan, The Campaign will have you in stitches as they go head to head in the biggest mud-slinging match of all time. From punching babies and dogs in the face, to committing adultery, the jokes are as random and vulgar as it gets.

Ferrell, in his typical over the top style, pulls off the sleek and brash Cam Brady brilliantly - a (very) faint reminder of Ron Burgandy in Anchorman.

But I have to say that Zach Galifianakis as the naïve Marty Huggins takes the cake. The way he walks, talks and moves mixed with the innoncence that is Marty will wipe any reference to The Hangover from your memory.


Pinned in a bloody, crude, satiric fight to the end, Cam Brady and Marty Huggins are defiantly in it to win it. But as my one friend says: There can only be one true loser.

Will Ferrell seems to be a bit exhausted with jokes in this new film. I know it's funny man Will, but in The Campaign, he fails to hit the mark. His character Cam Brady might stand for old American values, but Will’s comedy not so much.

On the other hand, Zach managed to save the movie from being a total bore. If you loved him in The Hangover series, you will LOVE him in The Campaign.

In politics, it's all about how you charm the people. And in this race I have to join Team Zach.

With a tagline that reads 'May the best loser win', we asked four staffers to weigh in on who they would vote for in this new comedy which approaches US campaign politics via The Hangover.

FeelGud 2012/11/09 11:27 AM
  • Rating:
im looking forward to watching the flick.
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