Politicians are ripe targets for comedy, and The Campaign – the new film from director Jay Roach – certainly pulls no punches. The first trailer for the movie, which stars Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis as two dim-witted congressional candidates, showed a glimpse of the movie’s over-the-top comedy and now a new red-band clip offers even more awkward laughs.
As any seasoned political observer knows, when a candidate is running for office, he or she isn’t running alone. Fair or not, everyone they’ve ever associated with is lumped into the race with them. Most often, that means their families.
In the above clip from The Campaign, the two main characters ask their families to divulge any secrets before the congressional campaign goes into full swing. Naturally, some of the revelations aren’t exactly politically correct. (If you haven’t seen the trailer for the movie, it features Will Ferrell punching a baby. That should tell you pretty much all you need to know about the tone this movie is going for.)
To use a line from my favorite Will Ferrell comedy, Anchorman, “That escalated quickly… I mean, that really got out of hand fast.”
The clip is reminiscent of the dinner table scene in Ferrell’s 2006 comedy Talladega Nights (albeit less funny, in my opinion). There are a few good one-liners in there, but most of it is just awkward. Then again, that’s half the appeal of both Ferrell and Galifianakis.
The ability to put viewers on edge without going so far overboard that you lose mainstream audiences is a rare comedic skill, and Ferrell and Galifianakis are masters. Director Jay Roach has also shown his skills in this regard with films like Meet the Parents and Dinner for Schmucks.
This summer has already seen one major R-rated comedy success with Seth MacFarlane’s raunchy comedy Ted. Maybe The Campaign will be the next in line. What do you think? Does this red band clip make you want to see the movie?
The Campaign opens in theaters around the U.S. on August 10th, 2012.