Rated R · 85 minutes · 2012

While this is one of Will Ferrell’s weaker comedies, it’s still funnier than most of the stuff being thrown out there. Ferrell stars as a congressman running for re-election who is surprised by the candidacy of an unknown (Zach Galifianakis). Ferrell is basically doing a riff on his Ron Burgundy character, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. He has a few shining moments, including a profane phone message left for the wrong person, and a classic baby-punching incident. Galifianakis is funny, but his characters’ two dogs, heavy-breathing pugs, are funnier. This one is front-loaded, with most of the funny stuff happening in the first half. While it misses out on the opportunity to really skewer the American election process, it does have some good giggles involving refrigerator sex and petting zoos.
Official Site: thecampaignmovie.warnerbros.com
Director: Jay Roach
Producer: Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, Jay Roach, Zach Galifianakis, Amy Sayres, Jon Poll and Chris Henchy
Cast: Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis, Jason Sudeikis, Dylan McDermott, Katherine LaNasa, John Lithgow, Dan Aykroyd, Brian Cox, Karen Maruyama, Grant Goodman, Kya Haywood, Randall Cunningham, Madison Wolfe, Thomas Middleditch, Heather Lawless, Jack McBrayer and Elizabeth Berkes



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Creative Loafing Charlotte The Campaign: A winning ticket Rating: *** by Matt Brunson 08/10/2012
The Source Weekly - Bend Off Message: The Campaign tries to blend outrageousness with political outrage People who think a lot about movies tend to put directors in tidy boxes. Call it a remnant of the auteur theory, but we don't quite know what to do with directors who dabble about in ways that don't fit an easily-defined artistic compartment. Take The Campaign's director, Jay Roach, for example. He's a comedy guy, according to that convenient narrative. He's the guy who introduced the world to Austin Powers and Greg Focker, whose movies are about doing anything for a belly laugh. But  Roach is also a guy who has a more acerbic, down-to-earth sense of the political process, having steered the made-for-cable stories of the 2000 presidential election (Recount) and the Sarah Palin phenomenon (Game Change). Clearly, there are two very distinct creative personalities to this filmmaker. So what happens when he tries to be both at the same time? by TSWeekly 08/15/2012
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The Coast Halifax The Campaign Some relevant satire, some potty humour, everyone wins by Molly Segal 08/09/2012

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