The Grade Book: “The Campaign”

The Campaign

Plot: A long-term congressman from North Carolina is matched in an election by a director of a tourism center.

Director: Jay Roach.

Writers: Chris Henchy and Shawn Harwell.

Cast: Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis, Jason Sudeikis, Dylan McDermott, John Lithgow, Dan Aykroyd, and Brian Cox.

Genre: Comedy.

Running Time: 1 hour and 25 minutes.

MPAA Rating: R.




SUMMARY OF THOUGHTS: Though it doesn’t live up to its full potential, The Campaign has some hilarious moments and Zach Galifianakis shines. Some of the jokes fall flat, and Will Ferrell just does what he usually does, but enough works in the film to make it an entertaining political comedy.



  • Christian Becker:

Grade: B+

A pure laugh fest of a comedy. From the trailer, I thought this movie would annoy me to the point of anger. But it ended up being full of substance and hilarity. Will Ferrell doesn’t break any new ground with his acting, but he’s funny none the less. Zach Galifianakis makes his character more charming and sympathetic then anyone could have expected. Certain side points in the story slowed it down a bit and some actors who are normally very good are wasted here, but the scenes that had me breaking into tears of laughter made up for it. Director, Jay Roach, really knows how to mix the stupid and smarts together for a good time at the movies.

  • Tyler Christian (Cali Critic):

Grade: C

A comedy that had great potential to be one of the better political satires of the past couple years, but unfortunately doesn’t reach that feat even with the fully committed performances by Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis. Admittedly, I laughed sporadically throughout the film, but a lot of the comedy felt lazy at times to a point where I didn’t know whether to blame director Jay Roach or the script for having situations that aren’t as funny as they think they are. Overall, this is just one of those comedies that could’ve been so much better than it really turns out, but its neither good nor bad, just mediocre at best.

  • Chad Gleason (MovieManCHAD):

Grade: B

This might be the only election this year worth voting for.

  • Steven Hunt: 

Grade: B+

Zach Galifianakis is hilarious in this movie. His voice to his appearance to his mannerisms: perfect. Will Ferrell, on the other hand, doesn’t get enough material to work with. It also doesn’t help that he’s continuing to play the same character. Some of the jokes miss, but most of them hit pretty hard. My second favorite comedy of the year behind 21 Jump Street.

  • Zachary S. Marsh:

Grade: B+

A consistently funny film that I personally cried in laughter a couple of times because of how much I was laughing. Ferrell and Galifianakis spark some great comedic talent here, but the second half gets slow and less funny than the first half. Very enjoyable R rated comedy if you like the type of humor in here.

  • Scott Menzel:

Grade: C

The film has an interesting and funny premise, but falls flat due to Will Ferrell’s usual over-the-top antics. The trailers give away most of the best jokes, but if you are in to stupid comedies and love Ferrell, this movie should win you over for sure. I personally found it to be a bit too silly for its own good, even though I enjoyed the political humor and outright mockery of our flawed political system.

  • WeWatchedAMovie:

‎Grade: B

Will Ferrell is just as funny as expected and Galifianakis really steps it up by even taking on the silly mannerisms of his character. The first half is packed with laughs but eventually the same joke, funny as it may be, grows a bit stale after a while. All in all, its still a good time at the movies.





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