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August 10, 2012

The Campaign review

Filed under: Movie reviews — BJ @ 2:01 pm
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Seen at a pre-release screening in Orange:

I was hesitant about this movie once I saw the trailer. I so wanted to laugh because you have two (now) big-name comedic leads–one of them the ever-so-awkward Zach Galifianakis–but it just wasn’t funny. Maybe deep down on the inside, but in a comedy, that’s just not going to get it done. At least you get what you expect; the movie is exactly as unfunny as the trailer looks.

Sure, Will Ferrell dishes out his classic crude one-liners, but they’re about the only good thing about the movie, and it’s barely enough to make it okay. The rest should’ve been chopped up and made into a short on Funny or Die, from the crew to the story to the short 81-minute run time, but the biggest problem of the whole movie was the conception of Galifianakis’s character. Plain and simple, it’s not laugh-out-loud funny. Not even once. It doesn’t translate onto the big screen for a full feature and is nowhere near as funny as I’m sure they all thought it was as they were filming it.

Written by Chris Henchy, who has written three screenplays all starring Ferrell (Land of the Lost, The Other Guys), and Shawn Harwell, his first, the story was much too simple (and a little outrageous) to be good. From the Rotten Tomatoes consensus, “”Its crude brand of political satire isn’t quite as smart or sharp as one might hope…” Directed by Jay Roach, who in the last ten years, has directed three TV movies and received an IMDb rating of 6.1 (Austin Powers in Goldmember), 6.3 (Meet the Fockers), 5.9 (Dinner for Schmucks) and now 6.2 from those on the silver screen.

With a whopping $56 million budget, that’s amazing given that Adam McKay had to practically beg and plead with the studio for a $50 million budget for Anchorman 2 (Steve Carell + Paul Rudd > Galifianakis). Only for the diehard fans of the leads, even then it doesn’t offer a whole lot.

The Campaign opens in theaters today.

Rating: 3 stars out of 5

IMDb rating: 6.2
What it should be: 6.2

Pass

BJ

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