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The Campaign (2012)

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An incumbent Representative 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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Jay Roach

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Chris Henchy (screenplay), Shawn Harwell (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Will Ferrell ... Cam Brady
Zach Galifianakis ... Marty Huggins
Jason Sudeikis ... Mitch
Dylan McDermott ... Tim Wattley
Katherine LaNasa ... Rose Brady
Sarah Baker ... Mitzi Huggins
John Lithgow ... Glenn Motch
Dan Aykroyd ... Wade Motch
Brian Cox ... Raymond Huggins
Karen Maruyama ... Mrs. Yao
Grant Goodman ... Clay Huggins
Kya Haywood Kya Haywood ... Dylan Huggins
Randall D. Cunningham Randall D. Cunningham ... Cam Jr. (as Randall Cunningham)
Madison Wolfe ... Jessica Brady
Thomas Middleditch ... Travis
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Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

May the best loser win.

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Warner Bros.

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 August 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dog Fight See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$95,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$26,588,460, 12 August 2012, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$86,907,746

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$104,907,746
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD extended cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Datasat | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

All cigarettes that characters in the film smoke are Newports, which are manufactured by Lorillard Tobacco Company of Greensboro, North Carolina. See more »

Goofs

Just after Cam Brady (Will Ferrell) punches the baby's face, the different newscasts use actual footage of the punch from the film itself (slow motion, baby's perspective, different angles...) and not moving images from what a video-camera of the News would take. See more »

Quotes

Glenn Motch: [after Marty Huggins' ad where he tells the truth] I tried to kill you in your sleep.
Wade Motch: Huh?
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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 »

Alternate Versions

An Extended Cut running an extra 10 minutes is available on the Blu-ray. As well as inserting new scenes not seen in the theatrical cut, the drunk-driving scene plays out in a significantly different way. Cam has new dialogue as he steals the cop car, and he doesn't lose control and hit a cow - he realises what he's done, turns the car around (hitting a dumpster) and then drives back to the cop, who arrests him. See more »

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Referenced in O Candidato Honesto (2014) See more »

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99 Revolutions
Written by Billie Joe Armstrong/Green Day
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Downright unfunny.
9 August 2012 | by Troy_CampbellSee all my reviews

I'm not sure where to start. I'll go back to the beginning. One fine Thursday night I was settling down to watch Ted on the big screen, when on came a trailer for The Campaign. I chuckled a few times and was confident that further hilarity would ensue in the actual feature. All signs were promising. All signs were wrong, dead wrong. This crude political satire is neither witty nor biting, but most awful of all, it's downright unfunny. In what gets earmarked as 2012's biggest disappointment (so far), the potentially side-splitting combination of Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis is yawn-inducing at best, cringe-worthy at worst; neither comedian walking away with a solitary laugh. Of all people it's Dylan McDermott that gets a couple of amusing moments, his shady and ruthless campaign manager a welcome respite from the embarrassing blandness of the leads and other co-stars John Lithgow, Dan Aykroyd and Brian Cox. The campaign slogan for Galifianakis' bumbling Marty Huggins sums this film up most accurately: "It's a mess".


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