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There's plenty of muck-raking in this outrageous comedy from director Jay Roach (
Meet the Parents
), which pits Will Ferrell against Zach Galifianakis in a battle for political power. Incumbent senator Cam Brady (Ferrell) is initially more concerned with winning over the ladies than winning votes, and Ferrell provides another wickedly funny turn as the bumbling macho man, recalling
, with a touch of his George W Bush impression thrown in. But a Brady sex scandal means that billionaire bigwigs John Lithgow and Dan Aykroyd would rather see dithering tourist guide Marty Huggins (an unusually endearing Galifianakis) installed as senator so they can secure a shady trade deal with China. There are no limits when it comes to getting votes, or laughs, as even a baby gets punched on the campaign trail. Don't look for wry satire - the gags are big and brash - but with the duelling stars on top form,
scores high in the approval ratings.
A long-serving congressman is beset by scandals that threaten his political career. Two corrupt businessmen seek to replace him with a politician they can control, and select a naive do-gooder to run against the incumbent in the coming election - a campaign that degenerates into a series of dirty tricks. Comedy, with Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis, John Lithgow and Dan Aykroyd.
Cast & Crew
Brian Cox (1)
Swearing, sex scenes, some violence.
DVD and Blu-ray
28 Sep 2012
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