Will Ferrell And Zach Galifianakis Start Getting Political For THE CAMPAIGN!!
The Kidd here...
Things have yet to get truly nasty in this election year, an inevitability that only serves to make its constituents sad that that's what politics have been reduced to rather than a debate on ideas and real issues. Therefore, while President Obama and Mitt Romney start arming themselves with all the mud they're going to have to sling heading into November, we can at least laugh at how ridiculous the political process has become with the help of THE CAMPAIGN.
The Warner Bros. political comedy starring Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis as a pair of North Carolina politicians squaring off for their district's House seat released a few campaign ads of sorts (via Facebook) for their duel between their characters Cam Brady and Marty Huggins. You can definitely see a bit of Ferrell's George W. Bush act whereas it's just a bit strange to see Galifianakis beardless.
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May 7, 2012, 5:34 p.m. CST
That... didn't look very good
May 7, 2012, 5:36 p.m. CST
Hell, I'd settle for a 'My Fellow Americans' over this, at least those two old bastards had good comedic timing
May 7, 2012, 5:36 p.m. CST
I vote for the Mayans. Or the Amish.
May 7, 2012, 5:40 p.m. CST
Not really a "hold back the language" type of scenario. I still think politics should involve at least bare knuckle boxing, televised, with ring girls.
May 7, 2012, 5:41 p.m. CST
by Turd Furgeson
These are 2 guys that try REALLY hard all the time. Sometimes too hard and their comedy can fall really flat and humorless..... This could be epic or an epic failure...
May 7, 2012, 5:42 p.m. CST
But the movie still could be.
May 7, 2012, 5:43 p.m. CST
but the idea of Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis as political rivals could be brilliant. It reminds me of Step Brothers. The trailers didn't do the movie justice. I'd love to see the other step brother in this. John C. Reilly as a VP running mate for Ferrell, or as a campaign adviser.
May 7, 2012, 5:47 p.m. CST
May 7, 2012, 6:04 p.m. CST
Like, it's already laying on the ground. And they still can't make it funny.
May 7, 2012, 6:27 p.m. CST
May 7, 2012, 6:45 p.m. CST
Austin Powers: IMOM. is his only good movie. Holy shit this looks bad.
May 7, 2012, 6:59 p.m. CST
by Jaster Mareel
JUMP OFF A FUCKING BRIDGE! You are officially shitting in the gene pool!
May 7, 2012, 7:26 p.m. CST
by illegal alien vs sexual predator
was I supposed to?
May 7, 2012, 7:30 p.m. CST
that was painfully unfunny. Next.
May 7, 2012, 7:39 p.m. CST
the idea of two boobs from North Carolina running for office is a good idea for a movie.
May 7, 2012, 8:29 p.m. CST
That was like watching Dana Carvey doing his George HW Bush routine in Opportunity Knocks or Jimmy Walker doing his Dy-no-mite schtick in the 90's. Try Harder Ferrell!! Your act is growing long ass ear hair.
May 7, 2012, 8:44 p.m. CST
On Jay Roach, I actually really liked "Dinner for Schmucks" and think "Meet the Parents" is the best of the mainstream Ben Stiller "uncomfortable comedies."
While the story of "Dinner for Schmucks" was not its strong suit - there was a great deal of brilliance in the comedic performances: Zach, Lucy Punch (whose performance grew on "Dinner" grew on me after seeing how genuinely talented she is comedically in "You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger"), Jermaine, Rudd (doing baffled pretty well), and many more - includeing and what I thought was a tremendous balanceing act by Carrell. Whereas Galifianakis in "Due Date" never felt like an actual character, merely a car collision of personality defects meant to send Robert Downey, Jr. over the edge, I felt that Carrell found a genuine core within his character from which to project his bizarre out-of-synchronocity with the world: he found a brilliant way of makeing the character's actions perfectly rational to himself. He was merely one of those people who is himself and cannot possibly comprehend why it is that he so deeply offends the sensibilities of others. Oh, and, honestly, I thought Octavia Spencer could have gotten an Oscar nomination for her animal psychic. That was one of the best played idiotic ideas ever. I really did love her in that movie.
May 7, 2012, 8:45 p.m. CST
Still, the king of the Ben Stiller comedies is the decidedly off-beat "Flirting with Disaster" (GO! DAVID O!)
May 7, 2012, 8:47 p.m. CST
May 7, 2012, 8:48 p.m. CST
But I do think that Jay Roach can be quite talented with ensemble casts. Much as he's caused me comedic pain in the past, I still think him talented and capable.
May 7, 2012, 8:51 p.m. CST
May 7, 2012, 9:14 p.m. CST
May 7, 2012, 9:40 p.m. CST
So maybe he is playing on his Bush send up, but thats always funny, loved the Saddam mustache joke, looks like were gonna get a good year of comedies as well as superhero movies!
May 7, 2012, 9:41 p.m. CST
May 7, 2012, 10:04 p.m. CST
And the other guy is just making fun of southern people. Gee, sounds... uninventive.
May 7, 2012, 10:16 p.m. CST
May 7, 2012, 10:47 p.m. CST
In modern comedy everyone seems to be aware of the camera on them and how hard they must be making their buddy the director chuckle on the other side of it. <p> Playing things flat and real while being equally outrageous is a subtle but vastly different feeling thing. <p> Something like The Three Amigos. Completely ridiculous but I believe it...because the actors aren't telling you they don't like in a bad snl skit. <p> I find Farrell and Galifianakis both very funny. Before I saw the trailer the concept of the film seemed hilarious. The only reason it doesn't work is the shitty execution. <p> Whether he is involved or not I blame Adam McKay. He and Will Farrell and Funny Or Die. Maybe not all the blame. But a lot of it.
May 7, 2012, 11:21 p.m. CST
Agreed. Also, Trading Places, National Lampoon's Vacation, Ghostbusters (imagine all the self-aware snark they'd put in an updated version), Stripes... hell, I love shit like The Burbs and Captain Ron. What happened to those kind of comedies where ALL of the humor didn't all revolve around marriage/sex/dating, partying/drugs, and (current/self-aware)politics?
May 8, 2012, 12:33 a.m. CST
I'm not sure what happened. I guess its probably not all Adam McKays fault...but his style is emblematic of the problem I think. <p> And I found Anchorman and parts of Step Brothers enjoyable..but I think this form of humor is beginning to cross some line of unfunniness.
May 8, 2012, 3:36 a.m. CST
by No Respectable Gentleman
Don't know about you, but I'm breaking apart at the seams.
May 8, 2012, 4:22 a.m. CST
by James Freud
That unfunny, no-talent fat fucking slob.
May 8, 2012, 7:17 a.m. CST
....thinking you could compete with all those blockbusters coming out this summer....bless its lil' heart...
May 8, 2012, 8:19 a.m. CST
by Thunderbolt Ross
imho of course
May 8, 2012, 9:22 a.m. CST
May 8, 2012, 9:23 a.m. CST
May 8, 2012, 9:36 a.m. CST
Love Will Ferrell. I actaully don't think he has ever sucked in any of his films. Some were just bad scripts or he had bad supporting casts. The guy cracks me up. Was watching Step Brothers last night and I actually remember not liking it that much the first time I rented it. But now I can't stop laughing at it. It's so fucked up.
May 8, 2012, 11:17 a.m. CST
by Royston Lodge
May 8, 2012, 1:59 p.m. CST
by Darth Macchio
I really like the, basically universally panned, "Land of the Lost" but of course, I really think Danny McBride is hilarious as well (their work together on EB&D is also hilarious). I think the real flip for me was "You're Welcome America" and not due to political reasons but for how well he crafted that "character" - it's at once hilarious and even a pinch insulting but very tongue&cheek and thus not offensive at anyone's expense (my guess is GWB himself would find it more than a little hilarious). Have to go back and watch some of the old stuff that didn't really work for me initially... Galifinakis is played out for me tho - he's a truly crazy holyshit funny stand-up comedian but his acting is so painfully one dimensional (ok, maybe 1.5 after seeing hangover) that I just can't watch him without being terribly distracted by how badly cast he is in everything he's been in. He desperately needs a Lorne Michaels or Ivan Reitman to break up his film-based comedic monotony before his 15 minutes are up.
May 8, 2012, 2:39 p.m. CST
by Big Dumb Ape
Seriously, Ferrell had his moment in time, but his films haven't been funny in...what, about 5 years with BLADES OF GLORY? Talk about a losing streak. Seriously, in a recent Forbes article or something like that, didn't he top... or come in among the top 3... as being the WORST investment you could hire for a movie, in terms of salary vs. final box office return? As for Galifianakis, he's always been overrated. And then he went all prima donna and got his panties in a bunch and screwed Mel out of a role and proved what an asswipe he actually is. So he can just fuck himself for being a douche bag.
May 8, 2012, 3:55 p.m. CST
Yep, looks more like Farrell is channeling the one-time VP nominee and all around philanderer, Senator John Edwards right down to the hair. I imagine he's throwing in the assinine and always unfunny funny Bushism grammar...b/c apparently I'm supposed to forget how unfunny that was in the 2000's. Galafianakis on the otherhand doesn't look like he can character act his way out of a wet paper bag. He is forever doomed (or is that blessed?) to play Zach Galifianakis and honestly that shouldn't be a bad thing. Overall, this looks to be the same rancid indictment of congressional politics to which we're treated to every presidential cycle. Having worked on and off in it for six or so years, I confess the only thing less funny than politics itself are the comedies on which it is based.
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