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The Campaign (2012)

R | | Comedy | 10 August 2012 (USA)
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An incumbent Representative embroiled in personal scandal faces a no-holds-barred challenge from a naive newcomer funded by two unscrupulous billionaire lobbyist brothers.

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Jay Roach

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Chris Henchy (screenplay), Shawn Harwell (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Will Ferrell ... Rep. Camden 'Cam' Brady
Zach Galifianakis ... Martin Sylvester 'Marty' Huggins
Jason Sudeikis ... Mitch
Dylan McDermott ... Tim Wattley
Katherine LaNasa ... Rose Brady
Sarah Baker ... Mitzi Huggins
John Lithgow ... Glenn Motch
Dan Aykroyd ... Wade Motch
Brian Cox ... Raymond Huggins
Karen Maruyama ... Mrs. Yao
Grant Goodman ... Clay Huggins
Kya Haywood Kya Haywood ... Dylan Huggins
Randall D. Cunningham Randall D. Cunningham ... Cam Brady Jr. (as Randall Cunningham)
Madison Wolfe ... Jessica Brady
Thomas Middleditch ... Travis
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Storyline

When Cam Brady (D-NC), a four-term Congressman, becomes a liability, the Motch brothers (think Koch brothers) recruit Marty Huggins, the son of a Republican heavy hitter, to run against him and be their vehicle to establish factories in the district that will import cheap Chinese labor. Trouble is, Marty is a lightweight, so his makeover falls to consultant Tim Wattley. The race tightens as Cam constantly shoots himself in the foot, while the prospect of winning also changes Marty and his family's dynamics. Meanwhile, Cam plays dirty, and Marty cottons on to the Moches' grand plan. What options do the rich have to get their way? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

May the best loser win.

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for crude sexual content, language and brief nudity | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Warner Bros.

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 August 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Southern Rivals See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$95,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$26,588,460, 12 August 2012

Gross USA:

$86,907,746

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$104,907,746
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD extended cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Datasat | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

During the end credits when Marty Huggins (Zach Galifianakis) is mentioning the aliases used by Tim Wattley (Dylan McDermott), one of the names he says is Dermot Mulroney. In real-life, McDermott is sometimes confused with Mulroney, due to the similarities in their names. See more »

Goofs

North Carolina does not have 14 Congressional districts. See more »

Quotes

Cam Brady: [Cam Brady has just left an offensive message on a family's answering machine] By being in the same room as that machine, the kids became consenting adults! And this is 2012, who still has an answering machine in this day and age? In my lifetime, I have made over 100,000 phone calls and maybe 1,000 of them are obscene! That's a very small percentage.
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During the credits there is an additional scene depicting the trial with Motch brothers. The scene also partly explains the origins of Tim Wattley. See more »

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An Extended Cut running an extra 10 minutes is available on the Blu-ray. As well as inserting new scenes not seen in the theatrical cut, the drunk-driving scene plays out in a significantly different way. Cam has new dialogue as he steals the cop car, and he doesn't lose control and hit a cow - he realises what he's done, turns the car around (hitting a dumpster) and then drives back to the cop, who arrests him. See more »

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Hopefully viewers who are fence sitters or leaning to the right might learn some valuable lessons from the film (one can hope).
22 August 2012 | by HellmantSee all my reviews

'THE CAMPAIGN': Three and a Half Stars (Out of Five)

Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis combine forces for this political satire attempting to throw some comedic commentary at audiences this election season. Ferrell plays a North Carolina congressman running for his 5th term unopposed when two corrupt businessmen try to unseat him by pitting him against a naive tourism director who always had dreams of a career in politics, played by Galifianakis. The film was directed by Jay Roach (director of all three 'AUSTIN POWERS' films and the first two of the 'MEET THE PARENTS' franchise) and written by Chris Henchy and Shawn Harwell (one of the writers of the TV series 'EASTBOUND & DOWN'). It was produced by Ferrell, Roach, Galifianakis and Adam McKay and co-stars Jason Sudeikis, Dan Aykroyd, John Lithgow, Brian Cox and Dylan McDermott. The film is funny for the most part and does have some on target political commentary. Not as classic as some of Ferrell's greatest comedies but one of his better ones for sure.

Ferrell plays Democratic Congressman Cam Brady, who as the film opens is getting ready to secure his fifth term in North Carolina's 14th District unopposed. A sex scandal hurts his popularity though and two greedy businessmen named Glen (Lithgow) and Wade Motch (Aykroyd) see an opportunity to unseat him and put a naive tourism director, named Marty Huggins (Zak Galifianakis), in his place to do their bidding for them (which involves illegal business with Chinese corporations). What starts out as a friendly campaign duel turns in to a heated battle very quickly with all the name calling and ugly accusations you'd expect from a big time political election. This causes havoc on both the men's private lives including heavy drama with their families.

The movie's jokes are somewhat hit-and-miss but for the most part work. They're vulgar but not overly dumbed down; neither Ferrell nor Galifianakis ever break character or overact (like what often happens in comedy satires like these). The film is of course supposed to be funny and lighthearted but the messages of the story are very serious and clear. The Motch brothers are obviously an intended diss at corrupt businessmen Charles and David Kotch (who Galiafanakis recently annoyed by calling creepy). Hopefully viewers who are fence sitters or leaning to the right might learn some valuable lessons from the film (one can hope). This is where the film's greatest strengths lie but it is pretty funny as well.

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