In order to gain influence over their North Carolina district, two CEOs seize an opportunity to oust long-term congressman Cam Brady by putting up a rival candidate. Their man: naive Marty Huggins, director of the local Tourism Center.
Dave is a married man with two kids and a loving wife , and Mitch is a single man who is at the prime of his sexual life. One fateful night while Mitch and Dave are peeing in a fountain when lightning strikes and they switch bodies.
After a stint in a mental institution, former teacher Pat Solitano moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife. Things get more challenging when Pat meets Tiffany, a mysterious girl with problems of her own.
David O. Russell
Robert De Niro
As the result of a childhood wish, John Bennett's teddy bear, Ted, came to life and has been by John's side ever since - a friendship that's tested when Lori, John's girlfriend of four years, wants more from their relationship.
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
Note the the size of Cam Brady's US Flag lapel pin. As he begins to flounder in the polls the flag grows until it is at least 4 to 5 times larger than the original. See more »
At the very beginning of the movie, an on-screen quote is attributed to H. Ross Perot ("War has rules. Mud wrestling has rules. Politics has no rules"), and refers to him as a 1988 Presidential candidate. Perot ran for President twice: first in 1992 and again in 1996, the year he made the comment used in the film. He did not run in 1988. See more »
What are you pointin' to there, you got a book of bad ideas?
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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 »
Political satire is a favorite in comedy, and so "Austin Powers" director Jay Roach updates it for 2012 with "The Campaign". The movie is a look at the dirty tricks that opposing candidates Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis use against each other. Among the best scenes are those where the candidates blatantly pander to different groups. There's also some low, crude humor to keep things going.
The movie is also an indictment of corruption. Dan Aykroyd and John Lithgow play a pair of industrialists obviously modeled on the Koch brothers. In the end, the movie is just a really funny look at the absurdity that is the US political process: sex scandals, kissing/punching babies, and "looking like an al-Qaeda member". Basically, the movie doesn't have to make anything up. I recommend it.
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