When congressman Cam Brady (Ferrell) makes a major public error a group of wealthy CEOs put forth a rival Marty Huggins (Galifiniakis) for his seat in Congress.
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Directed by comedy veteran Jay Roach (Meet the parents/Austin Powers) whose last farcical outing was Dinner For Schmucks; which came and went from audience consciousness leaving behind a legacy of disappointed shrugs. This is the first time the two comedy heavyweights are paired together, despite both featuring in the recent Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie and separately in episodes of the cult duo's Adult Swim show. It's a potentially hilarious coupling but Ferrell and Galifianakis, while funny and bankable, have a tendency to attract rolled eyes when their comedic auto-pilot modes kick in; that of the strange shouty man-child and oddball, socially unaware irritant.
The Campaign may warrant a more subdued reception akin to Step Brothers or Due Date, rather than the near iconic status of Anchorman or the box office conquering The Hangover, partially thanks to being overshadowed by the announcement of the much-anticipated Anchorman 2. So everything-crossed that this meeting of comic minds manages to really bring the funny.
The Campaign is released in UK cinemas September 28th this year.