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The Campaign (2012)

R  |   |  Comedy  |  10 August 2012 (USA)
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An incumbent congressman 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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Grant Goodman ...
Clay Huggins
Dylan Huggins
Randall D. Cunningham ...
Cam Jr. (as Randall Cunningham)
Jessica Brady


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>

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May the best loser win.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

10 August 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dog Fight  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$26,588,460 (USA) (10 August 2012)


$86,897,182 (USA) (16 November 2012)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Randy Bachman of BTO (Bachman Turner Overdrive) is actually seen on stage playing his hit song "Taking Care of Business" after the character Tim Wattley takes over Cam Brady's campaign. See more »


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


Marty Huggins: Wouldn't you like to hear Cam Brady recite the Lord's Prayer?
Cam Brady: If the media would mind turning off all their recording devices and closing their eyes.
[observes Mitch helping him]
Cam Brady: Our Father, Art, who is up in Heaven. Aloe Vera be thy name. The thigh... Thy kingdom... come... the magic kingdom. As it is on Earth in a helicopter. Give us this day our daily... pizza. And let us digest it. Forgive us, forgive our passes we forget sometimes. On women folk with their... to dine, like that is a nice ...
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Crazy Credits

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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User Reviews

A simple comedy that does its job.
19 August 2012 | by See all my reviews

After reading many reviews, i have to agree that this is a technically a bad film. The humor in this movie is very raw and crude (which doesn't bother me), and it has a very simple storyline. I was ready to give this movie a rating of a 5 or below until i stopped looking into the movie too much, and saw it for what it is. The purpose of a comedy is to make people laugh, and that is exactly what myself and the rest of the theater did for the majority of the movie. The movie is so relevant as well with the upcoming presidential elections, and i feel this movie helps take the edge of the brutality of the current Obama vs. Romney.

If you just want to see a simple movie that will make you laugh without having to think about the plot, then see the movie.

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