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A couple of movie reviews: Ted and The Campaign

I actually saw Ted about a month ago. Here’s the thing when movies are made by folks you already know can be funny like Seth MacFarlane, creator of one of my all time favorite shows, American Dad (you thought I was going to say Family Guy, right?): sometimes what makes them funny on the small screen doesn’t translate well to the big screen.

I may be in the  minority here, but I feel like the humor was forced in a lot of scenes and didn’t have the easygoing snarkiness that I love in American Dad. Mark Wahlberg is a stoner slacker who hangs out with his teddy bear when he’s not working at a dead end job and has Mila Kunis to come home to at night. The premise is shaky at best. My favorite scene however involved Giovanni Ribisi at his Silence of the Lambs’ style house. I don’t want to give too much away other than he’s drinking a juice box at the time this scene takes place.

Even though I didn’t like the movie as much as I thought I would, I’m still an avid watcher of American Dad, and will continue to be for a long long time. Roger has my heart, that’s all that is.

The Campaign is another flick I managed to catch recently. Starring Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis as two rival Congressional candidates, this one had the lowbrow comedy Ferrell is known for down pat. Genuinely funny in a lot of scenes, and some scenes were like, eww… but that’s Ferrell. Galifianakis plays a variation on his alter ego Seth Galifianakis in the movie, and it works well against Ferrell’s over the top rendition of an alpha male political candidate. Directed by Jay Roach, he of Austin Powers and more recently, Game Change and Recount (both excellent HBO political movies), The Campaign is a stinging, satirical, way over the top look at what really goes on behind the scenes in the world of politics.

Since we’re coming into the election season, it’s pretty fitting for a movie like this to come out now.

If you haven’t had the chance to see a Seth Galifianakis interview, may I humbly suggest the following:

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