Review: THE CAMPAIGN

Cam Brady (Will Ferrell) is used to running unopposed for the US Congress, however, when he runs foul with his supporters, the corrupt Motch brothers (John Lithgow and Dan Aykroyd), who are trying to sell the small town of Hammond, North Carolina to the Chinese, they drop their backing. Surprising to all, they throw their support behind local tourist office director Marty Higgins (Zach Galifianakis). All of a sudden, with the help of their respective campaign managers (played by Jason Sudeikis and Dylan McDermott), this is a real political race with make overs, mud slinging, dirty tactics, and all that is expected in a race to Washington supported by corrupt business owners!

Galifianakis and Ferrell are two of Hollywood’s funniest leading men so surely pairing them together would guarnatee comedy gold? Throw in supporting turns from comedy legends Dan Aykroyd and John Lithgow and The Campagn is guaranteed to be a side splitting success – right? If only it was that easy to guarantee a great comedy!

There were good performances from a cast who were trying to do the best they could with a poor script which tried too hard, and relied far too heavily on cheap gags to get the laughs. Writers tried the shock value laugh (baby and dog being hit), the repetitive joke laugh (Marty having problems opening doors), the dirty joke laugh, the strange looking cast laugh, and every other trick they could find to make the audience laugh. As a result the film didn’t feel very free flowing, and instead of belly laughs, there were mere sniggers.

The Campaign had the potential to be a smart, comical, satirical look at the world of politics – this could have been the Anchorman of the political world but instead it is just a wasted opportunity.

That’s Entertainment!
Sarina 🙂

About The Bellissimo Files

Hi, I’m Sarina Bellissimo and this is the place I come to indulge in my love of all things entertainment. I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t fascinated by all things Hollywood/showbiz. I blame my parents! As a child my mum used to force me to watch old Elvis Presley films with her, and both my mum & dad would take my brothers and I to the Drive-In to watch the latest films (this is where my love for ROCKY began!). When not watching movies, I was trying to figure out ways to pull the back off the TV so I could somehow get into it and be a part of all the action on the screen! This blog isn’t a place that revels in gossip and negativity. It’s a place where entertainment is celebrated. That said, this is a place you can turn to for honesty. Honesty and criticism don’t always mean attacks. I choose to criticise the piece of work but not the person and I acknowledge that just because I don’t like something, it doesn’t mean someone else won’t. Here you’ll find interviews with some of the biggest names in the world of Entertainment, reviews, breaking news and my very own musings. Away from The Bellissimo Files, you can find me on Spin 1038 on Saturdays, between 1pm and 3pm,presenting Plan B. There’s celebrity interviews, entertainment news, the low down on the must see movies and music releases of the week, the ultimate guide to what’s on where in the city, as well as masterclasses with experts on standby to answer listeners’ questions. I also appear on TV3’s “Elaine” panel, talk movies on “Ireland AM” and you can sometimes hear me filling in on Moncrieff’s “Movies and Booze “(Newstalk) The Bellissimo Files is constantly evolving. Files (topics) will be added or deleted as time goes on. Feel free to read, watch, comment, share, and make suggestions for what you would like to see on the site. Sarina
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