Political discourse always becomes especially volatile during a presidential election year, and 2012 has proven to be no different. Hence, Warner Bros. is hoping to rope in anyone in the mood to let off some steam – and simply laugh at the often ridiculous nature of the electoral process, with this summer’s Will Ferrell/Zach Galifianakis laughfest, The Campaign.
Ferrell stars in The Campaign as incumbent North Carolina congressman Cam Brady, a popular candidate who seems assured for yet another term in office. That is, until Brady commits a major public faux pas that inspires a pack of wealthy CEOs to select their own puppet candidate as a replacement – in the form of local Tourism Center director Marty Huggins (Galifianakis).
Of course, those satirical elements are surely going to play second fiddle in The Campaign – as evidenced by the previous credits of the film’s screenwriters, Shawn Harwell (Eastbound & Down) and Chris Henchy (The Other Guys). So, you can expect the movie to feature plenty in the way of baby-punching gags, penis jokes and other forms of “outrageous,” irreverent humor.
Holding the directing reins on The Campaign is Jay Roach, a filmmaker who got his start helming the Austin Powers trilogy and first two Meet the Parents movies – along with raunchy comedies like Mystery, Alaska – before he turned to more serious fare (the acclaimed HBO TV political dramas Recount and Game Change), along with the semi-satirical Dinner for Schmucks remake. The Campaign looks to mark yet another step in Roach’s evolution as a director.
If nothing else, the Campaign trailer makes it look like a serviceable comedy – though, it’s possible this will turn out to be an R-Rated flick, meaning the biggest laughs are being saved for a red band trailer (or the actual film). Watching Ferrell and Galifianakis play off one another should be fairly entertaining; similarly, the supporting cast (Jason Sudeikis, Dylan McDermott, John Lithgow, Brian Cox) reads as pretty solid overall.
The Campaign begins in theaters around the U.S. on August 10th, 2012.
Source: iTunes Movie Trailers