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).
Judging by the trailer for The Campaign, Ferrell's turn as Brady will amount to a progressive politician caricature - as filtered through a variation on the actor's Ron Burgundy shtick. Galifianakis as Huggins appears to be the Sarah Palin to Ferrell's Barack Obama (by way of Alan from The Hangover), with his conservative values being used to project the image of someone more in touch with "the common people" (who's also unaware that he's as much a corporate tool as his rival).
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
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