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Ferrell vs. Galifianakis: A Winning “Campaign”?

August 10, 2012

I wanted to laugh out loud at The Campaign, the new comedy costarring Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis as Republican imbeciles running against each other for a congressional seat in North Carolina. But it was just so ridiculous! I mean, I read Jonathan Swift’s “A Modest Proposal” when I was in high school, so I know that satire is supposed to be somewhat exaggerated, but who could believe that in the real world, a Southern GOP candidate could say something as jaw-droppingly stupid as “Teachers is the backbone of America?” Or “My hair could lift a car off a baby”? Or, at a fundraiser in front of a crowd of Jewish people, “I’m glad to be here. This is the first time I’ve worn a Yamaha”?

OK, maybe that part’s believable. But Galifianakis’ character, Marty Huggins, claims to be a heterosexual—he’s got a wife and kids that he trots out on the trail—but he’s so flamingly effeminate, it’s impossible to imagine that the good ol’ boy voters of a conservative state like one of the Carolinas would even consider him a legitimate contender for the Grand Old Party.

All right, scratch that one. But Ferrell’s character, four-term incumbent Cam Brady, is a serial womanizer who texts a picture of his private parts (with his pubic hair shaved into the shape of a handlebar mustache) to his mistress. C’mon, what self-respecting member of the House of Representatives would do that?

Um…. never mind. How about this one? Dan Aykroyd and John Lithgow play the Motch brothers, a pair of super-wealthy schemers who buy candidates, manipulate pieces of legislation before Congress and treat the United States of America like their own personal fiefdom. Surely, something like that could never happen in the land of the free and the home of the brave…

Damn. Well, at least you’ve gotta admit that the scene where Ferrell’s Brady tries to pass himself off as a man of the people by saying his father “worked with his hands” as a stylist for Vidal Sassoon is completely ludicrous. The American electorate is too smart to fall for a rich Republican who pretends like he’s just a regular guy, right?

Right???

Will you cast your vote for The Campaign at the box office this weekend? Let your voice be heard!

 

 

 

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