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The Campaign: Review

Posted by Kenneth Shinozuka on August 22, 2012 at 5:50 PM


The Campaign

Released  Friday, August 10, 2011

Starring  Will Ferrell (as Cam Brady), Zach Galifianakis (as Marty Huggins), Dylan McDermott (as Tim Wattley), Jason Sudeikis (as Mitch Wilson), John Lithgow (as Glen Motch), Dan Aykroyd (as Wade Motch), Katherine LaNasa (as Rose Brady), Brian Cox (as Raymond Huggins)

Director  Jay Roach

Screenwriters  Chris Henchy, Shawn Harwell

Runtime  85 minutes

Rating  R for crude sexual content, language, and brief nudity


    out of 100


Loses by a Landslide

    Posted  Wednesday, August 22, 2012


Partisan bickering, financial greed, and abysmal leadership have befallen both the U.S. Congress and the nation, a state of catastrophe that demands a subtle and insightful depiction from Hollywood, especially in an election year. Instead, Jay Roach has mutilated the compelling premise of "The Campaign" into an appalling political comedy that plummets to the nadirs of stupidity. Brief moments of hilariousness cannot eclipse the unfunniness of most of the attempted humor, which avoids biting wit for crass and raunchy gags that are far too dumb and overextended to add any intellectual or satirical commentary on its material. The virtually nonexistent plot bogs its main characters in cliches to prove its poorly intertwined and superficial platitudes. The result wastes the energetic performances of the well-matched lead actors, whose excellent comedic instincts and skills shine above all the other abysmal components of this film. Rather than illuminating the failed politics that have engulfed this country, this colossally misguided film skews such a momentous issue with an inappropriate tone of irreverence, leading viewers to lose interest in both "The Campaign" and the actual political campaigns of this election year. So this summer, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country by skipping this atrocious "comedy." 9/100

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Reply Miles
4:54 PM on August 23, 2012 
You've never been fond of comedies, have you Ken?
Reply Kenneth Shinozuka
5:32 PM on August 23, 2012 
Comedy is actually one of my favorite film genres. The greatest comedies evoke a very personal emotion within its audiences - laughter. If I don't laugh while watching a comedy, then it hasn't achieved it purpose.
Reply Mrs. Atlee
1:04 PM on August 24, 2012 
So then you didn't like the movie?!?
Fun to read your review though. Keep them coming!
Reply Brian Guan
10:10 PM on August 28, 2012 
I love reading these reviews Kenneth, and hope that you continue to post these in New York too!