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Sunday, September 9, 2012

Movie Review #1: The Campaign


First, let me introduce you with the trailer and inform you that there are NO spoilers! The only thing featured in this post is the opinions of myself and my friends. 

Background Information:
Running time: 1 hour & 25 minutes
Made by: Warner Bros Pictures
Directed by: Jay Roach
Classified as: Comedy
Rated: R




Summary of Movie from Rotten Tomatoes: "When long-term congressman Cam Brady (Will Ferrell) commits a major public gaffe before an upcoming election, a pair of ultra-wealthy CEOs plot to put up a rival candidate and gain influence over their North Carolina district. Their man: na├»ve Marty Huggins (Zach Galifianakis), director of the local Tourism Center. At first, Marty appears to be the unlikeliest possible choice but, with the help of his new benefactors' support, a cutthroat campaign manager and his family's political connections, he soon becomes a contender who gives the charismatic Cam plenty to worry about. As Election Day closes in, the two are locked in a dead heat, with insults quickly escalating to injury until all they care about is burying each other, in this mud-slinging, back-stabbing, home-wrecking comedy. -- (C) Warner      Bros."
Our reaction to the trailer:
Brennen and I thought it looked pretty good. We like Will Farrell and Zach Galifianakis and so we knew that there would be nothing but hilarious lines in this movie. 
The actual viewing:
Brennen and I went with our friends Ryan and Amber after dinner at one of our favorite restaurants, Tossa. All four of us agreed upon the same verdict: it was just okay. 
Our criticism points: 
#1: It was pretty long. Seeing as the movie is only 85 minutes, it isn't a good thing that all four of us thought that it was excessively long.
#2: It is a slapstick comedy. It is stupidly funny and a lot of people eat it up. I usually, am one of them. This movie wasn't bad but it wasn't good either. Yes, the ridiculous things that happen are funny but there are so many things that are so ridiculous that the movie becomes boring. It becomes predictable
#3: There is way more swearing then necessary. That is an opinion coming from college students. We swear, we hear swearing constantly. The music we listen to has it in it as do the movies but there was a lot of unnecessary swearing in The Campaign. 
Our praises:
#1: It did have its funny points. A lot of it was funny but I would say the majority of it, was not. Which was unfortunate because these are funny guys!
#2: Although entirely predictable, the ending had its redeeming qualities. But I'm a sucker for happy endings. 
Overall:
It was okay. But with movie prices the way they are these days (almost 9 bucks WITH a student discount), the movie better be great! Personally, I get sick of the stupid comedy but I was with two boys who don't and they still found it boring at times and the swearing ridiculous. I would wait until it comes out on Redbox if you're curious but I wouldn't say that its worth the money.
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