I laughed and laughed at The Campaign this afternoon…which is really no surprise.
What made me laugh was.
I expected Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis to be funny. Their take on two candidates for a US Senate seat in North Carolina was over-the-top and out-of-control. No issue was off-limits. No person, place or thing (translation: animal) was safe if their misuse provided a potential positive bump in the polls.
But for me, the surprises kept this movie from being your standard comedy. Things the trailer didn’t reveal. Cameos it didn’t spoil (and I won’t either). The promos even used some alternative footage so that the real punch lines weren’t given away before you sat down in the theatre.
What a novel idea.
Probably my biggest ‘aha’ in The Campaign is how much I enjoyed the performance of Dylan McDermott as Galifianakis’ evil campaign manager. I don’t think of him as a comedic actor, but McDermott stole every frame he appeared in.
The ending was also unexpected. And I will surprise you now by not giving it away, except to say –
Watch the credits.
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File this under the “I can’t help myself” department….
The Bloom Grocery chain has posted billboards along North Carolina highway 150 that feature a ginormous photo of a perfectly grilled steak. Sure, that will catch the eye.
But they’ve added a second little something-something: the billboards pump out the smell of black pepper and charcoal.
I’ll bet Bloom does sell more steak…and N.C. 150 sees a few more fender benders, too.
Haven’t you ever walked through an airport terminal and suddenly found yourself pulled up short by the smell of cinnamon sugar at Cinnabon? Or did an abrupt 180 to purchase a garlic-and-butter coated pretzel that you didn’t even know you wanted at Auntie Annie’s?
When those smells hit you out of nowhere, you not only have intense cravings, your body immediately reacts to get you some!
These smelly billboards are being placed in the path of people operating heavy machinery.
Oh, the humanity!
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So, I’ve been sequestered inside a conference room all day, and what do I discover when I am finally released into the world?
- The voice of “Charlie’s Angels,” John Forsythe, has died.
- Olivia Newton-John’s long-lost-at-sea boyfriend is alive.
- “Two and a Half Men” is losing star Charlie Sheen.
- Dayton won the NIT, defeating North Carolina.
I guess that’s what I get for working on Good Friday.
With all this wackiness happening today, it makes me wonder what the holiday weekend has in store.
Saturday has the Final Four (Go Butler!), and Sunday the Easter Bunny (Go candy!).
Let’s see what leftover March Madness spills over into this first weekend of April.
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