Jay Roach's election comedy tackles the current political zeitgeist with sly, silly aplomb.
Back in 2004, Team America: World Police perfectly captured the electoral zeitgeist, with Matt Stone and Trey Parker blasting hypocrites on both sides of the political aisle. (It also gave us a replacement national anthem, at least for the day SEAL Team Six killed bin Laden.) Eight years later, Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis—along with director Jay Roach—accomplish a similar feat with The Campaign, an election-year satire that has a sharper bite than viewers would expect from its mediocre-looking previews and (no pun intended) ad campaign.
Ferrell, in one of his funniest performances since Anchorman, plays Congressman Cam Brady (D-North Carolina), an airheaded composite of George W. Bush and John Edwards. When not vacuously expressing his commitment to "America, Jesus, Freedom," he's cheating on his wife in a portable toilet and tweeting photos of his junk like Anthony Weiner.
Brady originally entered politics as a student to help kids injured by dangerous playground equipment, but now he's just another empty Capitol Hill suit, taking money from Goldman Sachs in exchange for access. His re-election is guaranteed until a challenger enters the race: local weirdo Marty Huggins (Galifianakis), an unwitting pawn of the billionaire Motch Brothers (John Lithgow and Dan Aykroyd). Not exactly a subtle reference, but it makes a point.