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The Campaign (2012)

 -  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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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.

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

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

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$86,897,182 (USA) (16 November 2012)
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All cigarettes that characters in the film smoke are Newports, which are manufactured by Lorillard Tobacco Company of Greensboro, North Carolina. See more »

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At the party where the election results were revealed, there is a flag on the table in front of Marty that goes from being flat to being slightly pushed over and back to flat again without ever being touched by Marty or his wife. See more »

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Cam Brady: You know the difference between you mum and a washing machine? The washing machine does not follow me around when I dump a load in it.
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Script not worthy of the two stars
29 July 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The comedy in this movie, such as it is, is weak and a little flat, which is something I didn't think I'd ever say about a film starring Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis. I chuckled a couple of times, but otherwise I felt no urge to laugh. There is a distinct bitter streak to the humor, with little heart to redeem it until one specific moment of unbelievable mood whiplash. The actors did fine, but they've had much better material in other vehicles (Ferrell in Anchorman and Galifianakis in The Hangover being just two notable examples).

It's a shame because I'd heard some good things about The Campaign, and with those two comedy stars it should have been something greater than the sum of its parts. Even something equal would have been good. This just didn't seem like the right movie to bring the two together.

The supporting cast was fine, though nobody really stood out from the pack. It was fun seeing Dan Aykroyd and John Lithgow as the corrupt millionaire brothers, even if their plot seems to have been taken wholesale from Trading Places. Jason Sudeikis wisely plays his role with subtlety, in contrast to Ferrell and Galifianakis.

I guess The Campaign isn't the worst way to spend 85 minutes. But by the same token, I'm glad I didn't put down the money to see it in the theatre.

And the less said about the punching of the baby, the better.


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