Having an Asian Moment: Karen Maruyama In The Campaign

Here is my brief review of The Campaign: If you like to watch Zach Galifianakis act like Zach Galifianakis and Will Ferrell act like Will Ferrell AND you are dying to see them do it in a political race, then this is for you. Also, a little boy talks about making his farts glow via inserting a firefly in his butt. So there’s that.

But I am not here to judge the movie (even though I suggest you to wait until it’s on Netflix), I am here to praise the work of Karen Maruyama (who is, like a her costar Ferrell, an alumni of the improv group, The Groundlings). She stars as Mrs. Yao, the maid to Marty’s (Galifianakis) dad, (Brian Cox). Even though she is an English-speaking Asian, she is paid to have a deep Southern accent like an extra from The Help. She takes two political incorrect things (later in the movie, she takes it further with a Spanish accent) and flips it on its head — and it’s funny. Damn funny. And I am sure it will offend many. She essentially just donkey punches the audience with this foul-mouthed character of comedic brilliance.

I think I am in love with her.

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About Dino-Ray

Dino-Ray Ramos is a movie hobbit, social media swaggerist, pop culture junkie, smart-mouthed Asian American warrior, and a well-rounded inhaler of all things entertainment. After uprooting from Texas, he migrated to San Francisco where he shares his irreverent take on high and low brow aspects of culture. In addition to feeding TheFinerDandy.com he writes for AfterElton.com, Hyphen Magazine and the San Francisco Chronicle. You can also boost his self-esteem by following his musings on Twitter
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