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The Campaign (2012)

R | | Comedy | 10 August 2012 (USA)
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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

Writers:

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:

Southern Rivals 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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Runtime:

| (DVD extended cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Datasat | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Although the poster depicts the two lead characters facing off in front of Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., almost the whole film is set in and around North Carolina, where the two characters live and are campaigning. There is a single post-credit sequence set in Congress. See more »

Goofs

When Tim Wattley is talking to Cam after interrupting their family time and sending his kids to their room we see Mitzy walking down the hall away from them. However, in the very next shot she is right next to Marty again. See more »

Quotes

Cam Brady: You know the difference between you mum and a washing machine? The washing machine does not follow me around when I dump a load in it.
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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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Featured in Maltin on Movies: Flight (2012) See more »

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Written by Delmar Lawrence, Jordan Huston, and Paul Beauregard
Performed by Hypnotize Camp Posse
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The Campaign...2.5 out of 4 Skittles
6 September 2012 | by FilmStallionSee all my reviews

t seems like it should be easy to make a funny movie about the state of our political climate….rich, greedy, corrupt people spending millions of dollars to make television ads that spread blatant lies to the uninformed voting public, but The Campaign ends up feeling a bit underwhelming of what could have been.

Screenwriters Chris Henchy & Shawn Harwell only scratched the surface of the real life hilarity of the current political landscape. All they had to do was turn on any TV news channel and take note of the circus that current politics have become…from former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to Weiner-Gate to…well…Sarah Palin, but for Chris Henchy, the writer of past stinkers Land of the Lost and The Other Guys, I guess that is what should be expected.

Will Ferrell (Step Brothers, Anchorman) and Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover, Due Date) make a fine comedic duo, but their one-note characters leave these candidates without much to say. Ferrell ends up doing a less funny version of his George W. Bush impersonation. His iconic character was a slam-dunk on short SNL skits, but runs thin in a feature film.

The Campaign definitely provides its share of laughs that keep this film above average, but doesn't live up to other classic films produced by Ferrell and Adam McKay's Gary Sanchez production company…I.E. Step Brothers, Anchorman, Talladega Nights. The Campaign may end up being one of the most profitable comedies of the 2012 blockbuster season, but compared against the other duds Hollywood barfed out this summer (The Watch, That's My Boy, The Dictator) that isn't saying too much.

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