- Published on Monday, May 14 2012
- Written by Kate Ferguson
What better way to balance the strangeness of real-life election season than with Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis bringing humor to politics in the upcoming film The Campaign? Bring on the relevant satire.
Ferrell plays Cam Brady, a popular southern politician set to waltz into his fifth term in office, until Galifianakis, as oddball Marty Huggins, shows up as an opposing candidate. Prissy Huggins doesn’t give the impression of your average candidate because he’s not… he’s actually a puppet selected by some wealthy CEOs who are trying to get Brady out of office.
The full-length trailer brings us accidental baby-punching, congressional competition via your-mama jokes, and some humorous speeches. The other two trailers are formatted like real political TV ads, where we experience Cam’s speech flubs (reminiscent of Ferrell’s Bush impressions, perhaps), and some obviously spliced footage that makes Marty call himself a communist. The video is brought to you by “Yes we Cam ‘012”. Marty’s video calls Cam out for only knowing the word “can’t”, aims to cleanup the system, and uses the catchphrase: “Isn’t it time to give Washington a Huggins?”
Bottom line: funny stuff. Supporting cast includes Jason Sudeikis, Dylan McDermott, John Lithgow, and Brian Cox. The Cam and Marty characters have their own Facebook pages if you’re inclined to “like” and show your candidate support. Choose wisely.
For this gem, you can thank writers Shawn Harwell ("Eastbound & Down") and Chris Henchy (The Other Guys). Everyone should be in good hands with director Jay Roach, the guy who brought you the Austin Powers trilogy, Meet the Parents, and, interestingly, some HBO political dramas. Sounds like the perfect experience!
The Warner Bros. film hits theaters this summer August 10. It has my vote.
- Kate Ferguson, YH Staff
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