The Campaign: Reviewed

I went to “The Campaign” starring Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis last night.  It had been so long since I laughed in a movie theater that I almost forgot what it was like or if it was even socially acceptable.  Well,   I laughed more in the first five minutes than I have in the last five movies combined.

“The Campaign” delves into the North Carolina District 14 Congressional race between Ferrell and Galifianakis.  Ferrell plays a cross between Ricky Bobby and Ron Burgundy.  And Galifianakis plays a wimpy, fanny pack wearing dolt.

The political story line and gags are timely and oftentimes hysterically accurate.  The movie takes an obviously exaggerated view of political campaigns but some of the subject matter is very real.

One thing very striking to me about “The Campaign” is that this movie is much more “hardcore” than your average Will Ferrell offering.  It carries an ‘R’ rating for good reason.  The “F” word makes about 200 appearances in the movie and some of the gags go quite a bit further than you expect from a Ferrell effort.  But I’m not preaching and I’m not complaining.

“The Campaign” is very funny and fans of Ferrell and Galifianakis will not be disappointed.

The Campaign

3.5 stars out of 5.

Small popcorn, small Diet Coke, and chocolate covered almonds.  Don’t judge me.  It doubled as my dinner.  Or as we called it in Stephen, supper.

Movie Review: The Other Guys

 

Of the Summer movie releases, "The Other Guys" starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg has been my most anticipated.  The mismatched pair play New York City cops.  If you’ve seen any of the previews, you get a pretty good idea that Ferrell plays a real straight-laced, nerdy, by-the-book type cop, and Wahlberg plays the gung-ho, street smart, tough guy cop.  Hilarity ensues.  Seriously.  This movie is above average funny.  It’s a little bit more than your typical Ferrell movie.  There is a little more depth.  Now, I realize that isn’t such a great statement in itself, but it is a start.  For his part, Wahlberg is a little harder to accept in a humorous role, but he gets by.  Samuel L. Jackson and Duane Johnson play short but memorable roles as over-the-top hardcore cops.  And Michael Keaton (remember him?) steals most of the scenes he’s in.  He plays a Captain on the force and shares the same name as former Minnesota Twins Manager Gene Mauch.  Spoiler alert:  New York Yankee Derek Jeter gets shot (but not killed) in this movie.  If you’re a fan of Will Ferrell or of laughing, this is a must see.

The Verdict:  4 out of 5.