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When it comes to ‘Murica-fueled satires, it can really only go one of two ways: 1) it’s sharp, smart, laugh-out-loud funny and emotionally satisfying; 2) it’s boring, dull, sometimes offensive and could have been cut down to a three-minute sketch. Unfortunately, Jay Roach’s The Campaign bares resemblance to the latter.

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The story is straightforward enough. When long-term congressman Cam Brady (Will Ferrell) is ousted for a political blunder shortly before an upcoming election, a couple of affluent CEOs (John Lithgow and Dan Aykroyd) decide to seize the opportunity and set up a rival candidate, Marty Huggins (Zach Galifianakis), to beat Brady and use the unwitting challenger in a plot to seize control of their North Carolina district. Huggins is initially considered a harmless nuisance, but he soon proves himself to be a formidable opponent with the help of his cutthroat campaign manager (Dylan McDermott). Wackiness ensues, etc., etc.

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If you’re familiar with the work of Ferrell and Galifianakis, you can pretty much pinpoint the inspiration behind each of their characters: Ferrell essentially riffs on his popular George Bush impersonation, while Galifianakis reprises his standup comedy character, Seth — and as you might expect, neither of them have much feature-length appeal. Indeed, the term “one-dimensional” has never felt so applicable.

Not only have we seen these characters before, but they’re the kind with no discernible redeeming qualities. Granted, Ferrell and Galifianakis are definitely committed to their parts, but the good, solid material just isn’t there. It also doesn’t help that most of the cast speaks with an unconvincing and often wavering southern accent. (Strangely, Jason Sudeikis seems to abandon his somewhere near the end of the second act.)

As for the comedy, it’s more of a sprint than a marathon. While the first twenty minutes turn over a steady stream of laughs, the remaining hour and change delivers only slight variations of those same few jokes. A few of the bits land on-point, but most of them just fizzle out, resulting in crude, timeworn antics that we’ve seen more successfully employed in countless better comedies. It’s kind of like watching a Funny or Die video in slow-motion.

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The political lampooning here is equally witless and dull, serving up the same trite jabs you’ve seen on SNL for decades. The writing milks the leads’ stupidity for all its worth, and then keeps going long after its dead — and yes, in case you were wondering, there is a Dick Cheney hunting accident joke. In fact, by the end of the film, it’s almost revolting how ignorantly it depicts the American public — and that’s really saying something. At a certain point, the film just stops being funny and starts getting preachy.

The saving grace among the cast is surprisingly McDermott, whose militant Tim Wattley character presents a refreshing counterbalance to Galifianakis and Ferrell’s tired slapstick, especially near the end. His final sight gag offered the first laugh in what felt like a 45-minute block of misfires.

However, as with any romp like this, the entertainment value is subjective. My audience seemed to be fairly split between empty snickers and genuine cackles. It is worth mentioning, though, that the clips and trailers have pretty much shown you the highlights. Of course, if you’re unacquainted with the once unique comedic stylings of Ferrell and Galifianakis, then I suppose there’s a lot to take away here. But if you’ve had your fill on POTUS impressions and yokel counterpart routines, then I would definitely steer clear of The Campaign.

Will Rogers is said to have said that “a fool and his money are soon elected.” That was so 20th century. Were he around today he’d know to say “a fool and SOMEONE ELSE’S money are soon elected.”

Perfectly timed for this November’s battle at the ballot box, ‘The Campaign‘ is a much needed jaundiced look at all that is wrong with the current brand of American democracy. It is the third fast-paced film about modern politics, after ‘Recount’ and ‘Game Change,’ from director Jay Roach. When the YouTube mashup artists get their hands on all the material, there will be many stretches where it will be impossible to tell which of the three films is fictional.

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Despite its satirical bent, ‘The Campaign’ is, firstly, a broad comedy with two dynamos at the top of their form. Will Ferrell is back doing his blustering, selfish stuffed shirt in a $900 haircut routine. Basically, Ron Burgundy kissing babies.

His character, the incumbent, multi-term opponent-free Congressman Cam Brady, is a wonderful repudiation of meaningless sound-bytes. “America, Jesus, Freedom,” he blurts with logorrheic repetition, caring not a whit for what he’s saying. His penchant for extra-marital dalliances, alas, have caught up with him and now his numbers have plummeted.

As such, the mysterious, marionette string pulling Motch Brothers (played by Dan Aykroyd and John Lithgow and meant very much to remind you of the actual, agenda-pushing Koch Brothers) realize they need a new stooge in this particular North Carolina district. Since Brady is a democrat, they put a call in to Good Ol’ Boy Brian Cox, who, if memory serves, has a son.

The son is Zach Galifianakis in a variation of his “twin brother Seth” character — a swishy, clueless dolt who switches from timid to unjustified bravado with no seeming cause. Soon he’s announcing his candidacy and the slick, shadowy campaign advisor (Dylan McDermott) is throwing away his wife’s owl knick-knacks and teaching him how to sound more like Burt Reynolds.

Galifianakis is, ostensibly, the good guy, if only because we see him as a kind doofus with twin pugs, a love of Twinkies and an enthusiasm for home town spirit. It is to the film’s credit, however, that our love for him is occasionally challenged: he is a numbskull, completely undeserving of a seat in public office, and any rooting we do for him is a swift reminder of just how absurd our political system is.

The campaigns in ‘The Campaign’ lean hard on this absurdity, reaching surreal levels in their televised attack ads. Sadly, to anyone who has ever watched television in a battleground state like Ohio, North Carolina, Pennsylvania or Florida, they aren’t THAT different from the real thing.

This kind of humor, for me anyway, acts as a nice steam release for pent-up frustration. I seriously think that, were it not for ‘The Daily Show’ and ‘The Colbert Report,’ I would have had a stroke by now. Unfortunately, the last chunk of ‘The Campaign’ gets a little bit maudlin and loses much of the bite found through much of the film. Still, the riotous (and rioting) moments during the town hall debates are enough to keep my approval rating of ‘The Campaign’ up.

Importantly, this isn’t only a satire. It’s a Will Ferrell movie. There are tangents into the ridiculous and the foulmouthed that ought to amuse even those audience members who festoon their homes with bunting and think anyone who speaks sarcastically about our country is a communist/atheist/terrorist/Frenchman. There’s a running gag with Brian Cox’s maid (that only a genuine jerk would spoil) that is as funny, and as quotable, as anything from ‘Old School’ or ‘Step Brothers.’

There’s a slight possibility this is the film that gets guys is bars running lines as well as questioning the Citizens United decision.

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