Watched Aug 11, 2012
Marcin Wichary’s review:
How do you talk about a comedy that’s not funny? I am not entirely sure.
I laughed very little during The campaign, and one of those two times I was actually ashamed of myself. The main problem with the movie is that it’s not entirely sure of what it is. A clever satire on modern-day politics? A stupid slap-stick? A more serious, surreal comedy? Like a candidate traveling through states and talking to different audiences, it seems to be changing its approach and message with every new scene – but, unfortunately, we get to witness it all back to back.
The movie outstays its welcome many times over. The material would’ve been better as a sketch, and perhaps even originated as one; my friend tells me some bits are lifted from respective comedians’s stand-ups. The movie’s pivotal scene is lifted from The adjustment bureau, Ferrell and Galifianakis are the same Ferrell and Galifianakis from very other movie they were in, and only Jason Sudeikis is worth anything here.
Vote no. Watch C-SPAN instead.