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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 <>

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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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Release Date:

10 August 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dog Fight  »

Box Office

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


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

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Did You Know?


Cam Brady's slogan "taking care of business" is more than a simple reference to a hit song, it's a promise to look out for corporate interests before citizens. It is also a reference to Scott Walker (of WI) who used the slogan "Wisconsin is open for business". He was heavily funded by the Koch brothers which the Motch brothers are mentioned to represent. See more »


In the first debate scene, when Marty and Cam first walk out onto the stage, the two podiums are the same height. However, after they shake hands and go to their respective podiums, Marty's is considerably higher than Cam's. See more »


Cam Brady: [as Cam sees Marty trying to open the door] Push it.
Mitch: Push it.
Marty Huggins: Push it, push it real good?
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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 »


Spring Is Here
Written by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart
Performed by Cal Tjader
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Very Funny and a Perfect Match,
4 August 2013 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

The Campaign is a hilarious movie with a very clever storyline and a very talented and comedic cast that do a terrific job.When I first heard that Will Ferrell and Zach Galifanakis did a movie together,I had to see it,but then I heard it was disappointing so I delayed seeing.I decided to rent it,and I didn't see what the problem was,I though the movie was hilarious,there was a few misses but very few,and similar to Step Brothers and the Hangover,it has so much lines that are very quotable,also the two actors worked really well together.I really enjoyed Dylan McDermott,Sarah Baker,Dan Aykroyd and John Lithgow,the casting for each character was all very well suited.If your a fan of both Will Ferrell and Zach Galifanakis comedies you will definitely love the Campaign.

Long running congressman Cam Brady (Will Ferrell) finally gets some competition from Marty Huggins (Zach Galifanakis),a man who may take over his career.They start a serious campaign against each other.

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