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The Campaign

  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • 2012
  • Jay Roach
  • 81 mins
  • 15

Summary

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

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Review

A star rating of 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.

Credits

Cast

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Cam BradyWill Ferrell
Marty HugginsZach Galifianakis
MitchJason Sudeikis
Tim WattleyDylan McDermott
Rose BradyKatherine LaNasa
Mitzi HugginsSarah Baker
Glen MotchJohn Lithgow
Wade MotchDan Aykroyd
Raymond HugginsBrian Cox (1)

Crew

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DirectorJay Roach

Details

Theatrical distributor
Warner Bros
Released on
2012-09-28
Languages
English
Guidance
Swearing, sex scenes, some violence.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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