In “The Campaign,” Will Ferrell is Cam Brady, an incumbent Texas congressman who says his values are whatever the polls say his values should be. In other words, he has no values. What he does have is a long list of scandals, the latest of which involves accidentally leaving a lewd message intended for his mistress on the answering machine of a devout Christian family.
The rich power players in Washington want Cam out, so they tap the son of a former political operative to run against him. That’s where Marty Huggins comes in. Played by Zach Galifianakis, Huggins is a mustachioed, effeminate, God-fearing misfit married father of two children. He’s also the town joke, a massive disappointment to his father and has probably never blurted an expletive in his life.
Not realizing he’s a patsy, Huggins runs against Cam, assisted by campaign manager Tim Watley. Played by Dylan McDermott, Watley is a slick, in-your-face, no holds barred, dirty political animal. He’s hilarious.
Consistently low-brow and often hilarious, “The Campaign” stars two of the funniest people on the planet. Even if you disapprove of some of Will Ferrell’s most recent offerings, you can’t deny his inherent comic gifts, while Zach Galifianakis, in my opinion, is the funniest person on the planet.
“The Campaign” isn’t the smartest political satire you’ll ever see but it’s up there with some of the funniest. It’s an over-the-top political farce that speaks volumes about our political process.
Four out of five stars.