“Get Hard” opens with a very conscious montage of the have and the have-nots, the working class versus the 1%. The opening was an interesting decision by the filmmakers – 30 seconds after this montage, the hope this film might make use smart comedy to make a political statement goes right out the door.
I don’t know about you, but I’m quickly getting tired of the Presidential campaign, and we still have a few months before election day. So, the last thing I really wanted to see was a movie about politics, but they do say comedy is the best form of relief. Enter Jay Roach’s “The Campaign,” starring Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis.
Congressman Cam Brady (Ferrell) is up for reelection in the 14th District of North Carolina and is running unopposed. Brady, accidentally leaves a sexually explicit voice mail that gets leaked to the press. So, corrupt businessmen the Motch Brothers (no doubt caricatures for the real life Koch Brothers), played by John Lithgow and Dan Akroyd, are looking to run a man that they’d be able to control.
They pick Marty Huggins (Galifianakis), the son of an old friend, and tour guide for the town of Hammond, NC, to run on the Republican ticket. If you’ve seen Galifianakis’ comedy special “Live at the Purple Onion,” Marty is essentially Seth, Zach’s “twin brother,” a character he created many years ago. Kind, well meaning, and slightly effeminate, Marty’s life get’s turned upside down as the Motch Brothers bring in campaign manager Tim Wattley (Dylan McDermott), a hard ass political genius that completely revamps Marty’s image. Including replacing his two lovable Pugs for a labrador and golden retriever, since those are more deemed “American.”
Marty, initially starting as a clean, fair campaign, is forced by Wattley to up his game. The two go back and forth, each action outdoing the prior, especially in laughs. Without spoiling anything I’ll say this, in this campaign, literally nothing is sacred, or off limits. The film used its R rating well, with raunchy jokes and language throughout. It teetered on the line of ridiculous perfectly.
The Campaign does an excellent job lampooning the state of our politics. Though, much of the film feels eerily real, it’s still nice to sit back and laugh. Ferrell and Galifianakis play perfectly off each other, their comic timing is almost unmatched. If you’re looking for an alternative to the mud-slinging campaign ads, this is the perfect film for you, it reminds us that, hey, it actually can get more ridiculous.
The Other Guys, the latest from comedy director and writer Adam McKay is an buddy-cop action-comedy starring Mark Wahlberg, and McKay regular Will Ferrell. Telling the story of oddly paired partners Terry Hoitz (Wahlberg), and Allen Gamble (Will Ferrell), the action comedy is fun, but in the end, flawed.
Allen is a forensic accountant who refuses to get out into the field, and Terry, has been stuck with Allen because of an accidentally shooting a celebrity (I’ll leave out who since it’s a fun cameo). The entire office (save for Terry) is enamored by the precincts top cops, Highsmith (Samuel L Jackson) and Danson (Dwayne Johnson). When an accident takes their lives, Terry has his eyes set on picking up the slack.
The film is pretty ridiculous, and like all McKay outings, filled with great quotes. However, my biggest issue with the film is the lack of chemistry between Ferrell and Wahlberg. It’s sad when I can look at the poster for a movie, and just sense the lack of chemistry in that. They just didn’t play well off of each other. It wasn’t awful, but anyone else (My first pick would be Matt Damon if not John C. Reilly) would have been better. It’s not even that I don’t like Mark Wahlberg, I definitely do, he’s a great actor, but he just didn’t go well with Ferrell.
The film suffered from some badly edited action sequences, but McKay isn’t an action director, and it didn’t take me out of it that much, but it definitely could have been better.
Things I did love: Michael Keaton, I was so happy to see him in this. He stole every scene he was in, and I’m glad to see he’s still got it.
I do feel like I’ll enjoy the film in future viewings. For some reason, films like this do grow on me from repeat cable viewings. But on first glance, my recommendation would be to wait for video for ‘The Other Guys.’
Will Farrell is now promoting the upcoming “Land of the Lost.” However, he said that the question he’s asked the most is if there will be an “Anchorman 2.”
Speaking with an Australian moring radio show, Farrell said that the team is getting together next week to discuss the possibilities of the continuing adventures of Ron Burgundy. Farrell said he’s getting together with “all the guys” to talk about a follow-up. I’d think that “all the guys” means Farrell, Steve Carrell, Paul Rudd, David Koechner and director Adam McKay.
You would think that given the cast, the sequel could be really expensive. Maybe everyone’ll do it for a hometown discount. Let’s hope.
If you’re like me, you thought you’d had enough for Will Ferrell. Every movie it’s the same, with him playing the overgrown child. I get it, it’s not funny. And then I saw “Step Brothers,” and all of a sudden, the things that I was growing so weary of seemed new and funny. Maybe it’s because this movie snuck into and out of theaters this past summer incredibly quickly. [Read more…]
Producer Judd Apatow is at it again, this time with Sacha Baron Cohen and Will Ferrell. Etan Cohen is writing a comic send up of Sherlock Holmes, with Cohen in the title role, and Ferrel as his partner Watson.
The last time we saw Ferrell and Cohen together was as rival drivers in the NASCAR comedy ‘Talladega Nights.’ This isn’t the only Sherlock Holmes film in the works, Guy Ritchie has his own version set up at Warner Bros.
This whole idea sounds extremely fun and entertaining to me, and I can totally see Cohen’s Sherlock Holmes, lets hope it lives up to expectations!
Coming from Director Adam McKay and comedy powerhouse Judd Apatow is a new film written by Will Ferrell and McKay called Step Brothers. It follows two spoiled guys who become brothers by marriage. The two adults have to deal with the changes in their parents lives, and accept each other.
It looks pretty damn funny, but, I don’t expect less from the likes of Will Ferrell and co-star John C. Reilly. Check out the trailer over at Yahoo! Movies.