The Campaign ***1/2

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“The Campaign” is one of the funniest comedies of the year so far. It is a sometimes sharp and sometimes over the top satire about political campaigns today.

Will Ferrell is just beautiful as usual. He seems to be channeling his George Bush impressions from his SNL days. Zach Galifianakis plays a bit of a doofus who harnesses a seriously diabolical side that just needs a little nudging by some powerful investors.

America is in an election year this year so a comedy like this seems right on target. It is no where near as subtle as political themed comedies like “Primary Colors”. This is more in line with the usual Ferrell brand of playing over confident man children.

The director here is Jay Roach, who is right at home in comedies having directed the “Austin Powers” series but lately has strayed in to political dramas such as “Game Change” and “Recount”. Here he kind of blends the two. The results are hilarious yet frighteningly close to reality.

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