It's fair to say that both Will Ferrell and Zack Galifiniakis are in top form in this excellent political comedy whose release coincides with the Presidential Election campaign.
Ferrell excels in playing over the top alpha male type characters, and his years of impersonating Bush for example on SNL pays off handsomely in this entertaining romp, because he truly can adopt that type of presence.
I was half expecting another formulaic comedy, yet the writer dials up the absurdity from the get go, sending up the political election process, and I am sure it will appeal to people of all persuasions, and foul is fair in this campaign.
Cam Brady, career congressman runs unopposed for reelection until two billionaire businessman decide to put up an unlikely opposing candidate. But can an unlikely naïve nobody transform into a ruthless political somebody, or will he be eaten alive by the sophisticated political machine of one Cam Brady?
Ferrell plays Cam Brady, and Zack plays Marty Huggins who is a little odd, and definitely not your political type. He likes to walk his (Chinese) pugs, but when he gets a campaign manager and image consultant, he has to get labradors because they are more American and they test through the roof.
His wife has to get a Katie Couric haircut.
Some of the funniest pieces are the political ads, which absurdify the negative campaign ads we often see, and are laugh out loud funny. I also like the squaring off before they do the political debate where they do the dominant hand shake, and the stare-down, and the under the breath trash talk. If you're like me you will be amazed at the antics these two resort to to get ahead in the ratings. And you will be amazed at what gets them ahead in the ratings.
Even in the supporting roles, the actors are good, especially Dylan McDermott as the Huggins campaign manager, and Katherine La Nasa (formerly married to Dennis Hopper)excels as Brady's potty mouthed trophy wife, but the best surprise for me was Karen Maruyama as an Asian American maid role playing a different type of maid to please her throw back employers. Truly hilarious.
If you have loved Will Ferrell movies I think you will love this because he is in top form here. I hope this was helpful.