Thursday, August 16, 2012
"THE CAMPAIGN" TOSSED A FEW WOODEN NICKELS by Pamela Powell
"The Campaign," starring Will Farrell, Zach Galifianakis, Jason Sudeikis, and Dillon McDermott wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be! Initially, I must admit, I saw the trailers and had hope of another "Anchorman" or "Step Brothers." (Yes, I did enjoy these movies. They were silly and entertaining and sometimes that's just what a movie needs to be!) As I saw more clips, I became more leery of its entertainment value. However, even after my son and his friends panned it along with some critics, I still had to see for myself. It wasn't bad...it wasn't great, but it really wasn't bad.
Cam Brady (Farrell) ran unopposed for Congress until two CEOs (reminiscent of "Trading Places" with Aykroyd) decided a different Congressman needed to be purchased and controlled like a puppet. Enter Marty Huggins (Galifianakis) who was from a good-ol'-boy wealthy family in North Carolina. Marty, however was anything but what his father wanted him to be. Marty was a rather effeminate, sweet, and honest man which made him the black sheep of the family. The CEOs hire Tim Watley (McDermott!) to help their cause by getting Huggins up to snuff physically, superficially, and ethically. The antics ensue as the two Congressional opponents duke it out, sometime literally, to the bitter end.
I was pleasantly surprised to have laughed and been entertained by this movie. Will it have the same following that Farrell's other movies such as "Talladega Nights" and "Anchorman" have? No. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't see it. I would recommend waiting until it comes out on DVD though. The big screen price isn't necessary to see this movie.