Politics! Politics! Politics! The Campaign Ads Are Almost Too Real
So, it's no surprise that the first trailers for the Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis comedy, The Campaign, attempts to spoof those running for higher office. The biggest difference is that Ferrell's Cam Brady and Galifianakis' Marty Huggins are running for congressional seats in North Carolina rather than the big seat in the White House. The faux political ads cover the well-worn comedic territories of misinformation and moronic branding, because, let's face it, this election year is no different than the last election year in terms of mudslinging, personal attacks, and petty partisanship. Granted, the continued surge of social media and the Internet's growing presence in our daily lives means the shouting seems louder and more frequent than ever before. The trailers do have one clever bit each (because anymore than that would spoil the movie?), but mostly they trade in originality for Ferrell's twelve year old Bush impression. At least Galifianakis finally gets a vehicle for his "Seth Galifianakis" character, so the movie's got that going for it. Which is nice.
The ads are organized below by fictional candidate, with their campaign posters included for your viewing pleasure:
Honestly, compared to some of our actual Presidential candidates, Cam and Marty both come off pretty swell. Though I doubt The Campaign will hit the consistent satirical highs of HBO's "Veep" or this ad, The Campaign may (heavy emphasis not accidental) be exactly what politics-logged audiences are looking for come August 10. Or we'll already be so sick of politics that we stay at home with our friends and families, like those uncivilized savages who have better things to do than vote for "the leader of the free world" on the first Tuesday of November every four years.
Rob Payne also writes the comic The Unstoppable Force, tweets on the Twitter @RobOfWar, and his ware can be purchased here (if you're into that sort of thing). He totally gets why people choose not to vote, but he still thinks they're dirty, filthy savages, the whole lot of 'em.