I’m not a huge fan of R-rated comedies or R-rated movies in general. Mostly because I’m a bit sensitive to violence and vulgarity. I don’t mind that others enjoy it, it just makes it harder for me to enjoy those movies. There are plenty of exceptions. I thought Tropic Thunder was hysterical! But after arriving at the theater too late to see The Odd Life of Timothy Green and not really up for the intensity of The Bourne Legacy, I decided to check out The Campaign.
While there were some laughs in the trailer and Zach Galifinackis seemed endearing, I had mediorce expectations for this movie. And that turned out to be pretty accurate. There are some laughs and they are peppered throughout the story, some bigger than others. But there are also some missed opportunities for laughs, like the baby punch (which is quite funny). There are a series of clips afterwards with all the news shows discussing the scandal and they fall flat. So much untapped fodder there. Read more