What these dog days of political campaigning needs is a good, sharp political satire. Alas, “The Campaign” is not that movie – not even close. Will Ferrell plays long-time North Carolina congressman and sleazoid Cam Brady, and Zach Galifianakis, former director of the local tourism center, is his hapless opponent.
The actors’s worn-out shticks are all too familiar in this newfangled setting. Potty jokes and bawdy gross-outs predominate, and the few good laughs are swamped by the overall laughlessness. Dan Aykroyd and John Lithgow show up as the bankrolling, ultra-right-wing billionaire Motch brothers. Do you need a road map? Grade: C- (Rated R for crude sexual content, language and brief nudity.)