While this is one of Will Ferrell’s weaker comedies, it’s still funnier than most of the stuff being thrown out there. Ferrell stars as a congressman running for re-election who is surprised by the candidacy of an unknown (Zach Galifianakis). Ferrell is basically doing a riff on his Ron Burgundy character, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. He has a few shining moments, including a profane phone message left for the wrong person, and a classic baby-punching incident. Galifianakis is funny, but his characters’ two dogs, heavy-breathing pugs, are funnier. This one is front-loaded, with most of the funny stuff happening in the first half. While it misses out on the opportunity to really skewer the American election process, it does have some good giggles involving refrigerator sex and petting zoos.
Director: Jay Roach
Producer: Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, Jay Roach, Zach Galifianakis, Amy Sayres, Jon Poll and Chris Henchy
Cast: Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis, Jason Sudeikis, Dylan McDermott, Katherine LaNasa, John Lithgow, Dan Aykroyd, Brian Cox, Karen Maruyama, Grant Goodman, Kya Haywood, Randall Cunningham, Madison Wolfe, Thomas Middleditch, Heather Lawless, Jack McBrayer and Elizabeth Berkes