The Campaign (2012) is a political comedy satire starring Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis. It shows how the elections are manoeuvred by wealthy businessmen for their benefit. I enjoyed the film and it gets a Mangoidiots rating of ‘Ripe’ and available on Netflix.
Will Ferrell appears as Cam Brady, a three-time incompetent congressman from a district in North Carolina. When the greedy Motch brothers’ wants to buy a huge swath of land and sell it to the Chinese to make cheap products there, they couldn’t get the support of Cam. To get their way, they plan to get a novice “Marty” Huggins elected as the congressman – they spent huge money for his campaign and appoint a campaign manager.
In order to attract their support base, each side keeps doing cheap stunts and lowers the level of civility. For 2012, what is shown in the film would’ve sounded ridiculous but seeing what is happening in US politics (and in many other countries) in recent years, you are unable to discount them as exaggerations.
There was not much of a story and it progresses on expected lines, but due to a humorous screenplay and fine casting it was thoroughly entertaining.