Political comedies like the new “The Campaign” with Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis are staples of the movie landscape because of how they draw humor from otherwise serious situations, JU film professor Carolina Conte told FOX 30’s Action News Wednesday, Aug. 15.
With the presidential election campaign getting into full swing, the station brought Conte on to talk about the popularity of political comedies. Their staying power and box-office appeal turn on whether they can create humor from an otherwise staid activity, she said.
“I think it really draws people because there’s so much metaphoric analogy to real people and real situations, so you’re … really in an environment where you really can laugh openly, as opposed to maybe when it’s a serious moment,” she told anchor Mike Barz.
Conte screened “The Campaign,” about two Southerners battling for a Congressional seat in their small district, and found it “very funny.”
“It draws from the Saturday Night Live tradition … It is of course fiction, but it really draws from real situations and real people … that you would normally take seriously.”
Conte even got a chance to tout her Jacksonville University film students as classes gear up for fall semester.
“Myself and my film majors have a good time in school. We like working together,” she told Barz.
See the full interview below: