Film Review: “The Campaign”

In Brief: Formulaic Comedy. Funny in spots, especially if you are a Ferrell or Galifianakis fan.

“I know! Let’s put on a show!”. There is a political campaign approaching (you may have heard) and the idea of basing the next Will Ferrell comedy on that concept must have seemed appealing. Make him the bad guy (initially), throw in a sympathetic opponent, sprinkle in a devious Campaign Manager and two sinister Campaign Bank Rollers (Dan Ackroyd and John Lithgow) that are a cross between the Koch Brothers and the wealthy Duke brothers (played by Don Ameche and Ralph Bellamy) in another Ackroyd film, “Trading Places” and, Presto, your screen play writes itself.

I had forgotten most of the funny lines and gags while walking out of the cinema…