The extraordinary excesses of the US elections are exposed and magnified to hilarious effect in this well-timed comedy which takes no political prisoners.
It stars Will Ferrell as the slick and sleazy long-term Congressman Cam Brady who finds himself running against the clueless and naive Marty Huggins (Zach Galifianakis) who is being backed by two unscrupulous billionaire brothers (John Lithgow and Dan Aykroyd) for their own dodgy business interests.
Directed by Jay "Meet The Parents" Roach this film takes the political dirty tricks campaign to a whole new low level and pokes fun at the ridiculous amounts of money poured into elections and how much influence this can bring to bear.
It contains some great gags and puts a new twist on the kissing the baby routine.
Ferrell and Galifianakis make formidable opponents and are at their comic best while Dylan McDermott steals the film as Marty's Machiavellian campaign manager who will do whatever it takes to make him win.
This is a surprisingly entertaining comedy which doesn't outstay its welcome and could prove a timely antidote to the US election as it gathers pace.