This is all the more disappointing because The Campaign seems to have the right ingredients for a breezy, irreverent, R-rated comedy, well-timed for a Presidential election year. Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis are ideal as a smug but stupid Congressman from North Carolina and his dark-horse competitor, who is utterly unequipped for the job, let alone the down-and-dirty campaign it requires.
Director Jay Roach knows how to make the most of the material. You may have seen some of the film’s funnier moments in the trailer and TV spots. The screenplay, by Chris Henchy and Shawn Harwell, becomes repetitious after a while, bouncing back and forth from one candidate to the other as they perpetrate a series of tit-for-tat dirty tricks. The villains of the piece, fat-cat brothers who intend to plunder the district by putting a dummy in office to do their bidding, are obvious, uninventive characters that John Lithgow and Dan Aykroyd could play in their sleep, and nearly do.
Audiences who are eager for laughs may rate this “good enough,” which is exactly the problem with movie comedies right now. We deserve better.
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