Freelance writer. Melbourne based cinephile. Fond of food.
The comedic dream team of Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis produce a few laughs but the material lets them down a tad in The Campaign.
The two play rival electoral candidates, but if it were a comedy contest, Galifianakis would win hands down for his characterisation of Marty Huggins - an odd, effeminate, social misfit. Ferrell plays a variation of some of his previous roles, most notably riffing on his George W Bush impersonations from when he was on Saturday Night Live.
There are some very funny moments, most of which happen in the first half, before the film runs out of gas. The comedy then becomes broader and despite the comedic possibilities that could've been mined from the world of American politics, the screenwriters seem content to go for a simplistic morality tale.
That the film should be spouting morals at all goes against the grain of contemporary raunchy U.S. comedies, and it actually dampens the humour a fair bit. There's the requisite number of foul-mouthed jokes about sexual acts and bodily functions, but if you're expecting sharp satire, you'll be disappointed. The Campaign has its moments, but you'll forget it in no time.