Enter Galifianakis (Due Date) as Marty Huggins, the well-meaning doofus who screws up so often his own father doesn’t even love him anymore. As part of a prominent political family in Brady’s district, however, Marty is determined to finally make good. But as Marty posseses a high-pitched voice only a mother could love, a simpleton’s approach to life and a wardrobe full of unflattering Mom jeans, Cam still believes the Congregational seat is his for the taking, sexual scandal or not.

As the proverbial fish out of water, Galifianakis does provide a few belly laughs you won’t feel sick about later. But that’s not enough to redeem a story that doesn’t succeed on a variety of levels. In fact, there are few genuine surprises in The Campaign as Marty tries to prove he’s the right man for the job. And while there is the odd parallel to the current political climate, these moments are all but forgotten when yet another jaw-dropping crack involving sex or bodily functions makes it way in.

In a weekend where there’s far better entertainment options at a theater near you, The Campaign doesn’t deserve your vote.

CAUTIONS:

  • Drugs/Alcohol: Social drinking and smoking depicted in several scenes. A man claims he’s feeling “very high."
  • Language/Profanity: The full range of profanity is used throughout—multiple uses of the “f” word, sh--, dic-he--, as-, as-hol-, plus countless crude references to male and female anatomy and instances where God’s name is taken in vain. Marty’s son confesses to taking the Lord’s name in vain once.
  • Sex/Nudity: Cam and his mistress are shown having sex in a port-a-potty (no nudity but explicit movements are shown). A couple having sex is shown on TV (no nudity, just making out), and the girl requests that he “does her from behind.” Cam leaves a nasty sexual message on the wrong answering machine that involves talk about erections and licking each other’s bu---oles. Marty’s young son says he let a goat lick his penis at the petting zoo. Marty’s even younger son admits that he touched a woman’s breast (he uses the far nastier word, t-t). A woman says she masturbates. Cam’s kids listen to a song with lyrics about ti-s and as-es. A woman’s nipple is shown hanging out of her shirt. She’s oblivious, but everyone around her immediately notices it. A man decides to take a picture of her. Extensive discussion of bodily functions and grooming in the genital area.
  • Violence: All of the violence is supposed to be of a comedic nature. Cam is bitten by a snake, and his arm blows up significantly. He also starts to hallucinate from the venom. A baby is punched several times by a certain candidate. A cow is hit on the road by mistake. A man is shot in the leg by a rifle.
  • Religion: Cam knows it’s politically advantageous for him to mention Jesus, so he does so even though he’s not sure why. He also describes himself as a Christian, but his lifestyle, which includes regularly cheating on his spouse, suggests his devotion is lukewarm at best. While trying to recite the Lord’s prayer, Cam messes up the words in nearly every sentence, and his campaign manager tries to help him out with very lewd hand gestures and pantomime, particularly in the line “Your Kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

Publication date: August 10, 2012