The Campaign (2012)

Directed By: Jay Roach

Written By: Chris Henchy and Shawn Harwell (screenplay)

Starring: Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis and Jason Sudeikis


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Lame… Not funny enough… Sad… Waste of talent…

These are the words that I muttered to myself while watching this poor excuse for a comedy. Apparently the film is over an hour and a half long, but there is, at best, 8 minutes of funny. Is that what cuts it these days? I would rather have watched those 8 minutes on YouTube and spent the money for the ticket on 2 pints of beer and watched people getting hit in the groin with various blunt instruments.

What makes me disappointed by this waste of celluloid is that comedic talent like Will Ferrell doesn’t come along every day. That man is every shade of hilarious and even he couldn’t carry this film. Zach Galafsnackis is also funny and his contribution was nothing more than a desert oasis. So who screwed up? I go to the source, the script.

Shawn Harwell wrote for the show East Bound and Down, which is a knee slapper. How could he screw up this badly? The trailer had Will Ferrell punching a baby! That was hilarious. Maybe the studio watered it down? It’s hard to believe that happened, it was definitely on the filthy side of comedy. So what was it?

Pointing fingers and getting to the bottom of the suckage isn’t helping it suck less. If you were on the fence about seeing this movie, stay on the side of not seeing it and put up some barbed wire to warn others.

Problem: John Goodman and Brian Cox are too talented for this film

Mood for watching: Ticklish

What to eat and drink: Mushrooms and coffee

If I made it: It would be funnier

Why watch: Because you made a mistake and didn’t read this review


6 thoughts on “The Campaign (2012)

  1. Thanks for the comment on my blog, much appreciated! Nice review, by the way – I agree that it could’ve been funnier (I hate how comedy films think vulgarity is what everyone thinks is funny) but the movie does have quite a few funny moments that at least tickled my funny bone. Enjoyed your review and gave your blog a follow! 🙂

  2. I really thought this was a funny film. Most of the humor was not of the political variety but more funny situations. Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis work well together. I enjoyed their back and forth one-upmanship. I was expecting a bomb. Maybe that’s why I walked out of this smiling.

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