Run Time: 85 min.
Director: Jay Roach
As we ramp up for the beating that is the political season of 2012 to see who the next president of our country will be the people at Everyman Pictures have released a movie that lampoons the current political culture that runs rampant in our great country.
The story of this movie is set in the 14th district of North Carolina where the incumbent Cam Brady (Will Ferrell) is on the verge of securing another term as the districts representative when he commits a major public gaffe that puts his re-election at risk. As this gaffe gains traction and his poll numbers begin to slip the men who are financing his campaign, the Motch Brothers (played by Dan Aykroyd and John Lithgow) decide they need a new candidate to run in this election which leads them to the “special son” of a friend of theirs. At the last moment before he is set to secure the nomination, Marty Huggins (Zach Galifianakis) submits his name to run against the long standing representative and the hilarity ensues.
While there is no direct pandering to either of our current two party systems both the Democrat and Republican parties take their fair share of jabs in this comedy. For those of you who are political junkies and are well informed about the current behind the scenes corruptness of our political system as a whole you will no doubt pick up on many of the inside jabs that come at the expense of the Tea Party. Whether it is the Cam Brady’s campaign adviser informing him to always remember to say the following three words (God, Constitution and Regan) or the behind the scene’s campaign financiers known as the Motch Brothers (a clear jab at the Koch brothers who are behind many of the Tea Party campaigns) the political jabs are limitless in this film.
I have to admit that when it comes to Will Ferrell films I am usually the first to wait for it to show up on DVD or OnDemand and stay away from paying for it at the theaters but in this case I have to say that I would advise you to catch the matinee of this film. I have no doubt that you will find it well worth your time and guarantee that you will have a few good laugh out loud moments and unlike many of Ferrell’s movies where most of the funny parts of the film are all ready known via the trailer, this movie provides many moments of lowest common denominator comedic moments. There are no topics that are sacred in this film whether it is race, religion, sexuality or even the breed of your dogs, there is not limit to the lengths either of these men will go to secure the nomination.
Overall Grade – B-