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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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Opening Weekend:

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

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$86,897,182 (USA) (16 November 2012)
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Jack McBrayer:  The religious husband who receives the disturbing phone message from Cam Brady. See more »

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After Cam is arrested, a reporter approaches him and asks "You were charged with drunk driving. Is it true you blew a 1.4?" A BAC of 1.4 would almost surely be lethal; at the very least, Cam would surely have been hospitalized, not walking around talking with reporters. It's possible that the character simply misspoke, meaning instead to say 0.14 which is above the legal limit for driving in all states and a much more believable BAC value. See more »

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Cam Brady: [Cam Brady has just left an offensive message on a family's answering machine] By being in the same room as that machine, the kids became consenting adults! And this is 2012, who still has an answering machine in this day and age? In my lifetime, I have made over 100,000 phone calls and maybe 1,000 of them are obscene! That's a very small percentage.
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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 »

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Referenced in Midnight Screenings: The Bourne Legacy/The Campaign (2012) See more »

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Wasted Potential
21 March 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Two great comedy leads, great supporting actors and a sound premise. How could it go wrong?

There's a kind of whackiness for whackiness sake that's been peddled in a certain genre of comedy films since Napoleon Dynamite. I personally think it's had its day now. It worked on some level originally because it was unique and stylish, but we've seen it all before, know what's coming, and unless it's done damned well, it wears thin pretty quickly. Well poor old Zack G seems to have been permanently typecast in those kind of roles which is a shame cos I think he's capable of much better. Here again they roll him out all zany and effeminate, wearing whacky clothes, saying/doing whacky things(not funny things mind, just whacky things), whacky wife, whacky dogs, whacky kids. Yes the whackometer is on full throttle.

Will Ferrel's got a better and more believable character - IMO a mongrel of everything else I've seen him in. At least it's a tried and tested formula and raises a couple of laughs.

I know it's just a comedy but could've done with less whackiness and more background on the characters - specially ZG's - he just seemed like a random factor with elastic morals throughout the movie.

For me, the story just wasn't fleshed out well enough, very predictable and low octane humour indeed.

I don't know why Aykroyd/Lithgow bothered turning up cos there was just no material for them.

You could milk the hell out of that premise with those actors and that budget but this was just badly written by someone with no imagination and a sense of humour that should preclude them from getting anywhere near comedy film scripts.

I was really looking forward to this movie but wish I hadn't watched it now.


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