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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?


Cam is a member of the Democratic Party. Marty runs for Congress as a Republican. See more »


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


Cam Brady: My heart is pounding. Like a phone book in a dryer.
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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 Seinfeld (1989) See more »


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User Reviews

An enjoyable comedy
3 September 2013 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

This film is about a race between two congressman candidates in North Carolina.

"The Campaign" is a fun and light hearted mockery of modern American politics, but it is also surprisingly real in terms of what could possibly happen in a real election campaign. The plot is funny and really gets me laughing, but I am the most impressed by the emotional ending that conveys a victory to morality. Another thing that really stands out is the Asian maid who speaks with an amazing African and also Spanish accent.

I enjoyed watching this film!

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