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Trailer Watch: Ferrell, Galifianakis & Sudeikis Are Uninspired in 'The Campaign'

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood May 14, 2012 at 12:50PM

Jay Roach's political comedy "The Campaign" seeks your vote at the box office August 10. With a cast that includes Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis and Jason Sudeikis, the trailer should be funnier. So far it looks like the writers rely on familiar star power rather than pushing the envelope.
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The Campaign

Jay Roach's political comedy "The Campaign" seeks your vote at the box office August 10. With a cast that includes Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis and Jason Sudeikis, the trailer should be funnier. So far it looks like the writers (Chris Henchy and Shawn Harwell, who hatched the story with Adam McKay) rely on familiar star power rather than pushing the envelope.

Check it out below:

SYNOPSIS: When long-term congressman Cam Brady (Will Ferrell) commits a major public gaffe before an upcoming election, a pair of ultra-wealthy CEOs plot to put up a rival candidate and gain influence over their North Carolina district. Their man: naïve Marty Huggins (Zach Galifianakis), director of the local Tourism Center. At first, Marty appears to be the unlikeliest possible choice but, with the help of his new benefactors' support, a cutthroat campaign manager and his family's political connections, he soon becomes a contender who gives the charismatic Cam plenty to worry about. As Election Day closes in, the two are locked in a dead heat, with insults quickly escalating to injury until all they care about is burying each other, in this mud-slinging, back-stabbing, home-wrecking comedy from "Meet the Parents" director Jay Roach that takes today's political circus to its logical next level. Because even when you think campaign ethics have hit rock bottom, there's room to dig a whole lot deeper.

This article is related to: Trailers, Video, comedy, Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.