Nothing can make a conversation or social situation more awkward than talking about politics. Rarely does a whole group of people all agree on the same thing, and this past election was especially tense. Luckily, there’s still some humor in politics
, which can be found in The Campaign.
Cam Brady (Will Ferrell) is a Congressman from North Carolina who is running unopposed for his fifth term in Congress. He’s the stereotypical politician; he appears as a loving family man and tells every group that he visits on the campaign trail that they are “the backbone of this country.” And, like many politicians before him, he also has an affair with a young attractive woman named Shana, and like the men before him, his affair is exposed, but it’s his own fault. He leaves a scandalous message on answering machine that is definitely not hers (it’s hilarious).
Brady’s campaign manager, Mitch (Jason Sudeikis), tells him he needs to do some damage control. Unfortunately, the idea to release a commercial goes completely wrong when the person they hired to make the commercial completely screws it up. After he poorly issues a public apology, money-hungry CEO brothers Glenn (John Lithgow) and Wade (Dan Aykroyd) Motch decide they need a candidate they can control in order to change working conditions to be more like China. What this would mean is paying the workers much less and gaining more profit. Do they know anyone that naive?
They do. He’s the son of Raymond Huggins (Brian Cox), a very powerful and rich man in the small town of Hammond. He’s also an associate of the Motch brothers. Marty Huggins (Zach Galifianakis) is the tourism director for Hammond and is about as dim witted as they come. He’s a simple family man who doesn’t know any better about the situation he’s about to get himself in. He decides to run on the Republican ticket against Brady to make his father proud (which according to his father, is impossible). Raymond Hammond has an Asian housekeeper named Mrs. Yao who he makes talk like an old Southern lady. A really funny scene is when Marty knocks on the door and you hear this big deep southern voice screaming and a tiny Asian lady answers the door.
Brady doesn’t see a threat in Huggins and actually tries to embarrass him from the get go because he’s a pretty easy target. Even though I think there’s no shame in a man working out at Curves (a gym for women), apparently that’s embarrassing for some people. The Motch brothers decide Huggins needs some help with his campaign and hire Tim Wattley (Dylan McDermott) as his manager. Wattley has the best line in the movie when he just pops out of nowhere and says “I’m gonna make you not suck.”
Ferrell and Galifianakis were a perfect match for this movie. If Presidential candidates actually go through some of the situations these two go through, it’s worth putting on TV because it’s hilarious. The ending is unexpected and a bit disappointing, but it’s still worth a rent. It’s available on Redbox now.
Written by: Katie Sperduti