Bil’s rating (out of 5): 0.5.
USA, 2012. Warner Bros., Gary Sanchez Productions, Everyman Pictures, Location Gourmet, Reel Chefs Catering. Story by Adam McKay, Chris Henchy, Shawn Harwell, Screenplay by Chris Henchy, Shawn Harwell. Cinematography by Jim Denault. Produced by Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis, Adam McKay, Jay Roach. Music by Theodore Shapiro. Production Design by Michael Corenblith. Costume Design by Daniel Orlandi. Film Editing by Craig Alpert, Jon Poll. North Carolina Film Critics Awards 2012.
A clever set-up with endless possibilities for sharp laughs is wasted on immature toilet humour in this brainless comedy. Will Ferrell plays an incumbent congressman whose election looks to be an easy win considering he has run unopposed so very many times. Greedy CEOs look to unseat him in order to promote their own interests in his North Carolina district, deciding that a mentally feeble tour guide (Zach Galifianakis) will be the perfect option to take votes away from their enemy. What then follows is a cutthroat campaign involving an image boost for the newcomer, public fiascos for Farrell (including the accidental punching of a baby) and a fight that becomes a full-on dragged-out war. Director Jay Roach only has twelve year-olds on his mind when coming up with sight gags and slapstick jokes in this simpleton’s version of Being There, so none of the humour ever reaches above the waist and as such makes for a tiresome retread of things both comedians have already been doing for years. It’s a complete waste of time, and barely ever funny.