Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis go head to head in The Campaign. Ferrell stars as Cam Brady, a controversial congressman who wins in North Carolina every year because he runs unopposed. Tired of Brady winning every year the Motch brothers (John Lithgow and Dan Aykroyd) come up with a plan to have someone run against Brady that they can have control over. In comes Marty Huggins (Zach Galifianakis), a well-mannered tour guide that doesn’t have a clue when it comes to politics. It’s a showdown between Brady and Huggins as hilarity ensues.
The Campaign works in some ways but fails in others keeping it from being a really great comedy. With it being an election year this movie could have really benefited from having more satirical humor. There are a few moments that poke fun at the election process and the types of people who run but there just isn’t enough of it. Instead the movie tends to rely way too much on crude sexual humor for most of it’s laughs. I’m not saying crude humor can’t be funny but it shouldn’t be the basis of almost every joke. That being said there are plenty of jokes that work and a good bit of them are laugh out loud moments.
Playing a huge part in making the movie worth watching are the comedic performances of Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis. Both are in top form here and really sell both of their characters. The scenes they have together are the best parts of the movie and watching them go head to head is a real treat. Other than the two stars the supporting cast is somewhat hit and miss. Jason Sudeikis and Dylan McDermott are both great as Cam and Marty’s campaign managers and Sarah Baker is funny as Marty’s wife. John Lithgow and Dan Aykroyd aren’t in the movie much but they don’t really do much when they are either, same can be said for Brian Cox who plays Marty’s dad.
Overall, The Campaign provides a good bit of laughs and has strong comedic performances from Ferrell and Galifianakis. It has a little too much crude humor but at only 85 minutes enough of the humor works than doesn’t.