The Campaign is a funny political comedy that tackles the election process of the nation. It is said to show the legislative branch after being hit by the stupid stick. It shows a lot of stupidity. It mocks the Koch brothers as the movie features the Motch brothers (John Lithgow and Dan Aykroyd), who are DC kingmakers trying to control a North Carolina district.
Cam Brady (Will Ferrell) is an incumbent congressman whose values rely on what the poll results are for the day. The Motch brothers want to remove him from the position, especially after he leaves a filthy message on the answering machine of devout Christian family.
Brady is a Democrat who doesn’t want to leave his position. So the Motch brothers get Marty Huggins (Zach Galifianakis) to run as a Republican. He is the son of a former political operative and a God-fearing father of two children. He is a local loser and a big disappointment to his father. He has never uttered a single cuss word in all his life.
Huggins gets a campaign makeover from an image consultant Tim Watley (Dyan McDermott). Watley is a dirty political playmaker. As soon as the voters are favoring Higgins, Brady gets meaner. And this is when things turn ugly and downright hilarious.
Director Jay Roach, who also did Austin Powers and Fockers, turns everyone, from media to voters, into culpable clowns. The script calls for incivility in a civil arena. Ferrell and Galifianakis have turned out good performances in The Campaign. They two are inherent comic geniuses.
The Campaign features lots of rabid attack ads, bipartisan farce, and boisterous town hall crowds. It knows how to be funny by being stupid. It is over the top satire that pokes fun on the nation’s political process. This is a timely movie for an election year.