From the disclaimer in the start (Every game has rules. Even mud-slinging has rules. But politics, politics has no rule), director Jay Roach's comedy 'The Campaign' had us hooked and kept us glued to our seats right to the very end.
What's it about?
Congressman Camden Brady (Will Ferrel) is running for his fifth consecutive year unopposed, representing North Carolina's fourteenth district. But his image as the perfect family man, complete with a beautiful wife and two kids, is ruined when a recording of sexually implicit phone call to his mistress gets leaked out into the open. Kingmakers and billionaire brothers, Glen and Wade Motch (John Lithgow and Dan Aykroyd) who invest in the campaign decide to field another candidate to please their over spilling coffers and hence enter, Marty Huggins (Zach Galifianakis).
Galifianakis' awkward walk, oh-so-sincere look and body language are very reminiscient of his character from 'The Hangover' movies and he gets a thumbs up from us this time around too. His transformation into a confident candidate as the campaign progresses, is entertaining to say the least. Surprisingly, he also does well in a few emotional scenes, particularly in one where he tells Brady about his fifth grade jungle gym experience.
Ferrel makes us laugh out loud as the corrupt politician. From his erratic behaviour to his unreasonable schemes to ruin Marty's campaign, Ferrel is convincing. His trophy wife Rose (Katherine Lanasa) also plays her part well. She's mostly seen attending her husband's diplomatic dinners and rooting for him during his speeches, and acts more high school cheerleader, than first lady.
McDermott as the campaign manager is a great supporting character, and reminded us of managers at wrestling matches, whose prime job for the evening is to prod you on to give your best in the ring, but never get into the thick of things themselves.
The film gets a bit Bollywood during the climax, but there's really little to complain about. Special mention also goes to the film's hilarious gag inspired by Uggie, the dog from the 'The Artist'.
What to do?
To know who wins this entertaining race, we suggest you go cast your vote, err, we mean, book your tickets for this one!
in.com rating: 3/5
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