The Campaign

  • 15
  • Jay Roach (2012)
  • US
  • 81 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

There's plenty of muck-raking in this outrageous comedy from director Jay Roach (Austin Powers, Meet the Parents), which pits Will Ferrell against Zach Galifianakis in a battle for political power. Incumbent senator Cam Brady (Ferrell) is initially more concerned with winning over the ladies than winning votes, and Ferrell provides another wickedly funny turn as the bumbling macho man, recalling Anchorman, with a touch of his George W Bush impression thrown in. But a Brady sex scandal means that billionaire bigwigs John Lithgow and Dan Aykroyd would rather see dithering tourist guide Marty Huggins (an unusually endearing Galifianakis) installed as senator so they can secure a shady trade deal with China. There are no limits when it comes to getting votes, or laughs, as even a baby gets punched on the campaign trail. Don't look for wry satire - the gags are big and brash - but with the duelling stars on top form, The Campaign scores high in the approval ratings.

Plot Summary

Premiere. A long-serving congressman is beset by scandals that threaten his political career. Two corrupt businessmen seek to replace him with a politician they can control, and select a naive do-gooder to run against the incumbent in the coming election - a campaign that degenerates into a series of dirty tricks. Comedy, with Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis, John Lithgow and Dan Aykroyd.

Cast and crew

Cast

Cam Brady
Will Ferrell
Marty Huggins
Zach Galifianakis
Mitch
Jason Sudeikis
Tim Wattley
Dylan McDermott
Rose Brady
Katherine LaNasa
Mitzi Huggins
Sarah Baker
Glen Motch
John Lithgow
Wade Motch
Dan Aykroyd
Raymond Huggins
Brian Cox

Crew

Director
Jay Roach

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Warner Bros
Guidance: 
Swearing, sex scenes, some violence.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 28 Sep 2012
Certificate 15
Categories
Comedy