Since we have a hotly-contested Presidential race gearing up, there’s no better time for a comedy savagely thumbing its nose (and you think that would hurt) at American electoral politics, and The Campaign looks like a doozy.
Directed by Jay Roach (Meet the Parents, the Austin Powers trilogy) from a script written by Chris Henchy (The Other Guys) and Shawn Harwell (Eastbound and Down), the upcoming film stars Will Ferrell as Cam Brady, a charismatic North Carolina Democratic congressman running for reelection against his sweet-natured but clueless Republican opponent Marty Huggins, played by Zach Galifianakis.
The publicity machine at Warner Bros. is starting to slowly grind to life for The Campaign and today the studio has premiered a pair of faux political attack ads starring Ferrell and Galifianakis as well as releasing election banners and establishing Facebook pages for each of their characters.
Ferrell’s character looks like a smash-up of former Presidential candidate John Edwards and his famed impression of George W. Bush, while Galifianakis is clearly doing his “Seth Galifianakis” character while dropping malapropisms worthy of a Republican presidential hopeful. I don’t expect a timeless masterpiece from these guys, just a funny-as-hell comedy that ruthlessly shames the soundbite-friendly national joke that elections have become in this country.
You can also check out a joint video message from the candidates and more at the film’s Facebook page.
The Campaign also stars Jason Sudeikis, Dylan McDermott, Dan Aykroyd, John Lithgow, and Brian Cox. The movie opens on August 10, 2012.