A Close Call
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DIRECTOR: Jay Roach
CAST: Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis, Jason Sudeikis, Dylan McDermott, John Lithgow, Dan Aykroyd, Brian Cox
A parody on the way American elections are run at a time when it is playing out in the US, in the hands of Ferrell and Galifianakis, should be an interesting proposition. What it ends up being is a parody of that parody.
The Campaign touches on all that comes into it — from religion and family values to Botox injections and facial hair. The especially hilarious part involves Ferrell's four-time Congressman Cam Brady trying to recite the "Lord's Prayer" at a poll debate. That follows Galifianakis's Marty Huggins saying his moustache isn't inspired by Saddam Hussein, as alleged by Brady, but "the biggest American of them all" — Jesus Christ — to loud applause.
Big business houses have propped up Huggins, who is portly, uninteresting and bereft of ideas except good intentions, till a savvy media manager takes over his campaign. It now turns into a slugfest and a sex tape involving Brady and Huggins's wife eventually makes it to TV.
However, in the way the film finally plays out, it ends up being neither a comment on the dirtiness of politics nor the goodness of a few. It can't resist taking potshots at anyone, particularly the easiest targets, and that's just not done in a film where "honesty" is the winner.
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