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Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis, Jason Sudeikis, Dylan McDermott, Katherine La Nasa ... see more see more... , Sarah Baker , John Lithgow , Dan Aykroyd , Brian Cox , Karen Maruyama , Grant S. Goodman , Kya Haywood , Randall Cunningham , Madison Wolfe , Thomas Middleditch , Josh Lawson , Heather Lawless , Jack McBrayer , Elizabeth Berkes , Billy Slaughter , Aaron Jay Rome , Kate Lang Johnson , Amelia Jackson-Gray , Bobby Tisdale , Joe Scarborough , Ed Schultz , P.J. Byrne , Patrick Weathers , Gerry May , Tzi Ma , Bill Martin Williams , Danny Vinson , John Reaves , Scott A. Martin , Rob Mariano , Randy Bachman , Mick Dalla-Vee , Marc La France , Brent Howard Knudsen , Charles Frederick Turner , Danny Hanemann , Jason Kirkpatrick , Taryn Terrell , J.D. Evermore , Matt Borel , Millard Darden , Mikki Val , Ramona Tyler , Steve Wilkins , Rowan Joseph , Dane Rhodes , Trey Burvant , Joe Chrest , Cranston Clements , Johnny Vidacovich , Tommy Malone , Sion Daneshrad , Peaches Davis , George Young , Stephanie Dotson , Dylan DePaula , Seth Morris , Tara Copeland , Frank Drank , Luka Jones , Paul Zies , Early Whitesides , Leslea Fisher , Steve Tom , Catherine Shreves , Amber Dawn Landrum , Dustan Costine , Tim Hickey , Loriel Hennington , Tyne Stecklein , Krystal Ellsworth , Kayla Jenee Radomski , Brittany Perry Russell , Colleen Craig , Katherine LaNasa , Sarah Baker (IV)

When long-term congressman Cam Brady (Will Ferrell) commits a major public gaffe before an upcoming election, a pair of ultra-wealthy CEOs plot to put up a rival candidate and gain influence over thei... read more read more...r North Carolina district. Their man: na´ve Marty Huggins (Zach Galifianakis), director of the local Tourism Center. At first, Marty appears to be the unlikeliest possible choice but, with the help of his new benefactors' support, a cutthroat campaign manager and his family's political connections, he soon becomes a contender who gives the charismatic Cam plenty to worry about. As Election Day closes in, the two are locked in a dead heat, with insults quickly escalating to injury until all they care about is burying each other, in this mud-slinging, back-stabbing, home-wrecking comedy. -- (C) Warner Bros.

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R, 1 hr. 26 min.

Directed by: Jay Roach

Release Date: August 10, 2012

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DVD Release Date: October 30, 2012

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  • February 28, 2014
    A real riot. This movie gets my vote. A raunchy, wild and hilarious comedy. Zach Galifianakis and Will Ferrell are comedy gold together. A super funny satire that packs plenty of laughs and a great cast. Dylan McDermott and Jason Sudeikis are terrific. A really funny good time. O... read morever the top fun from start to finish.
  • October 15, 2013
    When it comes to producing knowing and quite clever jokes about the Democrats and Republicans, The Campaign gets it right and is quite funny. Everything else is overdone. The suggestion that someone punched a baby is always going to get a better effect than actually showing someo... read morene punching a baby. Better still, do something funnier than punch a baby, which really isn't all that funny. Zach Galifianakis is a one trick pony, that said, I don't mind him so much. Will Ferrell is more love or hate, I'm on the hate side I'm afraid but he's not too bad in this one I suppose. I idea is fine, different comedy actors would have made a huge difference, change the leads and the film could have been much better.
  • September 4, 2013
    Not Ferrell's best turn, but he's done much worse. And Zach Galifianakis isn't doing much you haven't seen before, rolling his Seth Galifianakis character into his role as bumpkin-cum-politician Marty Huggins. But what you see really is what you get: two talented comic foils goin... read moreg at each other for 90 minutes. The story is a bit thin but the supporting cast is also funny. There can be only one Anchorman in Ferrell's career - even if he is making a sequel - and this isn't it. That doesn't mean there's anything wrong with the movie. It's a comedy... laugh already.
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    June 26, 2013
    "The Campaign" is the epitome of every single one of these actors selling out. Brady and Huggins are battling it out and doing whatever it takes to win their election day, and that premise works for such a film as it is being put out to be, but hardly ever does a joke work and we... read more never get ay real emotion that is needed. I expected to laugh out loud at the talented actors, but the script wasn't even well-written, so it was pretty difficult to make the movie any good, when there is nothing there to do so. This film is laugh-free, the script is terrible, the acting feels ham-handed, and the director doesn't do many unique things to hide any of that. This is one of the worst comedies I've seen in a while. Very disappointed!
  • June 1, 2013
    Well, just as silly as I expected. Not as memorable as some of Ferrell's movies, but enjoyable enough..
  • May 7, 2013
  • April 29, 2013
    Well, what did I expect? Will Ferrel has made a career out of a certain brand of low brow comedy, and he certainly isn't stretching here. Yes, there are a few pearls amongst the swine, but you'd expect that in using the scatter gun brand of comedy (throw a hundred jokes at the ... read morewall and see what sticks - or stinks as the case may be). Case in point; when bumpkin political nominee Zach Galifianikis asks his family for honesty, many a joke follows, with a couple of stinkers and only one nice one - it's such an obvious set up and chance for the writers to riff and show off their chops. Take this scene as a whole and you may mildly smile, which is my overall assessment of the film.

    It is also easy to say that Zach isn't really stretching in this film either - so you end up with two antagonists who are exactly who you'd expect them to be, a plus I guess, if you were looking for exactly that. But for me, I expected more - perhaps a wicked commentary of our seriously broken political system... but there is nothing here that isn't over the top obvious - even the billionaire brothers trying to buy the campaign... hmmm, perhaps a send up of the Koch brothers - but to call them the Moch brothers... well, hopefully you see my point. Further, the talents of Dan Ackroyd and John Lithgow are wasted as the two brothers. They are given very little to do or say, even though their greed first and only philosophy should have been ripe for lampooning.

    Brian Cox is similarly wasted as Zach's father, an old time political war horse in the pocket of the Moch bros. Seriously, the only characters who are truly humorous are that of Cox's maid (a Chinese woman paid extra to talk like a plantation mammy), and Dylan McDermott as a slick (and slightly sinister) campaign "fixer".

    The film has decent pacing and a few chuckles, but, for me at least, will be forgotten tomorrow.
  • April 8, 2013
    Zack Galifanakis far outshone Will Farrell in this typical Will Ferrell style comedy.
  • March 26, 2013
    three stars!
  • January 16, 2013
    Jay Roach's poke at American politics through The Campaign has its hits and also its misses.

    At only 80+ minutes of screen time, The Campaign has very little time to stop the comedy. The story quickly gets to the point and never lets go until the very end, which

    ... read moreis an easy follow and watch since the comedy takes the front and center stage for this one.

    A lot of the humor revolves around crude sexual content and it does get old pretty fast. Nonetheless, the constant dropping of f-bombs and comedic antic after comedic antic is certain to induce some laughter.

    Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis work well together in a film of this caliber. Dylan McDermott has an interesting character and everyone else fills in the rest of the cast as necessary.

    The Campaign is neither a total loss or a home run. It is a one time viewing with some laughs.

Critic Reviews

Bruce Diones
August 20, 2012
Bruce Diones, New Yorker

Despite the obviousness of its political points, the film has a scattershot, breezy appeal. Full Review

Peter Rainer
August 16, 2012
Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor

What these dog days of political campaigning needs is a good, sharp political satire. Alas, The Campaign is not that movie -- not even close. Full Review

Andrew O'Hehir
August 13, 2012
Andrew O'Hehir,

Simply taken as a broad character comedy, "The Campaign" definitely has its moments. Full Review

Richard Roeper
August 10, 2012
Richard Roeper, Richard

It's way over the top, but then again, so are most modern political campaigns. Lots of funny s--- here. Full Review

Stephen Whitty
August 10, 2012
Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger

[A] very raunchy and sometimes pretty funny comedy - which isn't above going for dumb jokes, but is also smart enough to play to its two stars' strengths. Full Review

Kyle Smith
August 10, 2012
Kyle Smith, New York Post

This movie is single-handedly causing a major rise in our mirth deficit. It's so bad, I'm declaring a laugh emergency. Full Review

Adam Graham
August 10, 2012
Adam Graham, Detroit News

It's an average Will Ferrell comedy, nothing more. Full Review

Rafer Guzman
August 10, 2012
Rafer Guzman, Newsday

This big, broad, laugh-out-loud farce isn't in the business of deep swipes or sharp insights. Its main message is that politics pretty much makes fun of itself. Full Review

Siri Agrell
August 10, 2012
Siri Agrell, Globe and Mail

The movie has political savvy as well as comedic chops. Full Review

Ann Hornaday
August 10, 2012
Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

Prefers silly, outre jokes and sight gags to a truly penetrating critique of partisan politics that has gone hopelessly off the rails. Full Review

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    • Mitch: What's it all about?
    • Cam Brady: America, Jesus, freedom.
    • Marty Huggins: Bring your brooms because it's a mess.
    • Marty Huggins: Dad, if you're still holdin' a grudge because I wore crocs to Mom's funeral, like I've told a thousand times, I'm sorry. Mom would have wanted it that way. She was casual.
    • Cam Brady: You know the difference between your Mom and washin' machine? When I dump a load in the washin' machine it doesn't follow me around for three weeks.
    • Marty Huggins: I'm gonna roll up my sleeves, put my sandwich in my lunch pail, and grab my broom. Cause it's a mess.
    • Marty Huggins: Hey, Travis, you tired this mornin'?
    • Travis: Nope just high.

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