The Campaign

A potentially salient critique of the nation's political process gets buried under a landslide of vulgarity and sex jokes in this comedy from director Jay Roach. With the career of a longtime North Carolina congressman (Will Ferrell) endangered after he misdirects an obscene phone call intended for his mistress, the two wealthy brothers who were formerly his most powerful supporters (John Lithgow and Dan Aykroyd) scheme to replace him. They back the bumbling director of a local tourist center (Zach Galifianakis) in a race that quickly descends into farce. Though it includes a few relatively serious passages of commentary on issues like campaign finance reform, Chris Henchy and Shawn Harwell's screenplay is primarily devoted to sophomoric humor and repellant shock gags. And some funny swipes at how politicians try to use religion to win votes are mingled with material genuinely odious to viewers of faith.

Watch out for: An instance of blasphemy, some mild violence, an adultery theme, obscured frontal male and partial upper female nudity, a few uses of profanity, much sexual and occasional irreverent humor, pervasive rough and crude language, an obscene gesture.

Rated: The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.

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