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Movie Trailer Thursday: The Campaign

Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakisz.

I have a feeling those two could sell pickled eggs covered in goat barf to any male between the ages of 18 and 34. As far as Q-ratings go, they both have higher ones than any sitting United States Congressman.

So obviously a movie featuring both of them running for Congress, like August’s The Campaign, is going to be a masterpiece, right?


Frankly, this movie frightens me. On the one hand, we have Ferrell and Galifinakiszkajlksdjfal;ksdjf doing what they do best: being irreverent and poking fun of America about the stupid things we the people do on a consistent basis. As long as Americans are willing to keep paying 20 bucks a pop to see these guys play different versions of the same character, there’s no sense in them changing the game plan. You don’t see Tom Brady calling an audible when the blitz isn’t on.

On the other hand, this is an election year. Subconsciously, I already know that most politicians are sleazy humans with questionable morals and even more questionable qualifications – if you’re reading this and you’re a politician, I’m sorry; I’ll try to use smaller words. That we’re about to glorify a movie that will be ramming these facts in our faces three months before elections that we the people REALLY NEED TO GET RIGHT FOR ONCE, color me dubious that this will do anything except muddy the waters before November.

Does this mean I’m implying that the average voter is stupid enough to base their vote on a comedic movie? No. But there are enough stupid people in this country that it makes me concerned. And it honestly seems like stupid people make up a much higher percentage of the voting populace than logic would dictate. The people least qualified to vote seem to be the ones most determined to do so a lot of the time.

But let’s be honest: I know less about politics than I know about raising a child or fixing a carburetor. No one cares about my political opinions, and I barely believe I have any. I’m much more concerned with the fact that a movie that features two of the best comedic geniuses of our time really doesn’t look that hilarious.

Watching this trailer for the eleventh time, I laughed a couple of times. There were some good-natured chuckles and it’s possible I even guffawed. But unlike The Hangover or Anchorman, I never looked at this and thought I MUST SEE THIS MOVIE OR MY LIFE WILL BE INCOMPLETE.

Ferrell and Galifinakisz are the headliners, but there are a handful of other notable comedic actors (Jason Sudeikis, John Lithgow, Dan Akroyd) that lead me to believe this may (unfortunately) be the comedic version of one of those ensemble-casted rom-coms that generally lower ones level of respect for everyone involved. Please tell me I’m wrong; I don’t want to live in a world where Will Ferrell and Zach Galifinakisz are anything but hilariously awesome.


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