MrMary@TheMovie: The Campaign starring Will Ferrell & Zach Galifianakis

Same Trio Me, Rascal and El Viejo with some other people who weren’t as important came out to see The Campaign the other day. I will say straight up that the movie was superbly funny but poignant as this is an election year. I will get to that later but first

Basic Plot Summary

When long-term congressman Cam Brady (Will Ferrel) commits a major public gaffe before an upcoming election, a pair of ultra-wealthy CEOs plot to put up a rival candidate and gain influence over their North Carolina district. Their man: naïve Marty Huggins (Zach Galifianakis), director of the local Tourism Center. At first, Marty appears to be the unlikeliest possible choice but, with the help of his new benefactors’ support, a cutthroat campaign manager and his family’s political connections, he soon becomes a contender who gives the charismatic Cam plenty to worry about. As Election Day closes in, the two are locked in a dead heat, with insults quickly escalating to injury until all they care about is burying each other.


The Kotch Brothers

This movie has sparked enough political debate for me to write about it. many parallels can be drawn between the billionaire industrialists The Motch Brothers in the movie and the Koch brothers , the big-timing, styling and high profiling billionaire supporters of the Republican Party.  The pair of industrialists are expected to spend tens – if not hundreds – of millions on Republican causes this year.

Check out Some Article Titles

This movie touches on a sore point currently namely that an election cna be bought as evidenced by this article by Julie Bykowicz on published on August 22, 2012

Democratic Group Attacks Koch Brothers in Secretly Funded Ads

A secretly funded Democratic group is running a $500,000 national television advertising campaign spotlighting the Koch brothers as the money behind Republican groups that also don’t disclose their donors. As a giant check reading “Billionaires’ Special Interests” and pictures of the brothers flash on screen, a male narrator says, “Billionaire oil tycoons Charles and David Koch and their special-interest friends are spending $400 million to buy this year’s elections and advance their agenda.”

My Thoughts

Many people will say many things about this movie. Some people say it is plea for campaign reform. Other say it is sophmoric and bad satire. other say is a caustic take on American politics.  First and foremost to me it is a movie. It’s role is to entertain first more than anything. I was thoroughly entertained. It may or may not have a message beyond the entertainment but that is subject to one’s own subjectivity and vision and political leanings

To me I love satire and I found again the words of Jonathan Swift ringing true. The movie is just plain funny and still manages to say something after the laugh. I would recommend it

Satire is a sort of glass, wherein beholders do generally discover everybody’s face but their own.
Jonathan Swift

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  1. Ah man, I can’t wait to see that movie!!! You’re absolutely right about this whole satire thing. I believe people have lost their sense of humor. But as the old saying goes “Fuck em if they can’t take a joke”…..


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