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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
Kya Haywood ...
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


$95,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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Did You Know?


Despite being mostly a comedy, this is technically Dylan McDermott's second appearance in a political film, the first being In The Line of Fire (1992) and the third being Olympus Has Fallen (2013). See more »


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 »


Mitch: What's it all about?
Cam Brady: America, Jesus, freedom.
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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 »


References Donkey Kong (1981) See more »


Groovy Grubworm
Written by Bob Warren and Harlow Wilcox
Performed by Harlow Wilcox and the Oakies
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User Reviews

A lack of Art and a Lot of Quasi-porn
15 September 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The film had a chance to be a thoughtful satire on the societal impact of money on politics and issues such as the outsourcing of American jobs, not to mention the growing separation between the political class and the public.

It settled for a host of clichés.

Instead, it contented itself in pandering to elite prejudices. Christians and Southerners are ignorant, and they are hypocrites. Their children, are even more ignorant and more perverse.

MSNBC and CNN make cameo appearances lending their support to these notions.

The language is unnecessarily crude,lewd and indecent. I am no prude, but this film often seemed just a lot of tasteless potty talk masquerading as humor.

Too bad. There are one or two clever skits. Net Net: Don't waste your money. I was once a Democrat. Later a Republican, still conservative with a small "c." I am a registered independent.

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