It would be even funnier if it wasn’t sort of plausible: Congressman Cam Brady (Will Ferrell, only slightly less wild-eyed and shouty than usual) is comfortably running for re-election unopposed until his smutty habits get the better of him, making way for Marty Huggins (a completely charming Zach Galifianakis) to step up. Marty loves pugs, cardigans and his hometown, but has no idea he’s being set up by the money-hungry Motch brothers (Dan Aykroyd and John Lithgow, both loving every minute of it) to be their voice in Washington.
What could have been a paint-by-numbers election flick is pushed into better territory by brisk pacing and a script that keeps the chuckles coming. Dylan McDermott is especially fun to watch as Marty’s win-at-all-costs campaign manager (turns out Mr Smoulder himself has some serious comedic chops!). The entire cast – Wolf Blitzer included – relish their chance to play up the uglier aspects of US politics, and while both sides play very dirty you’ll be surprised how invested you are when it comes times to count the votes. So you see, Will Ferrell? No need to make Anchorman 2. There are plenty of other rich veins of comedy gold for you to mine.