The Campaign

Release Date: August 10th, 2012

DVD Release Date: October 30th, 2012

R |1 hr 25 min

Plot Summary

When incumbent Congressman Cam Brady (Will Ferrell) commits a major gaffe, two wealthy CEOs decide to try to gain influence in their district by putting up a rival candidate. Their unlikely choice is a naive tourism director named Marty Huggins (Zach Galifianakis). Aided by his family's political connections and a cutthroat campaign manager, Marty soon becomes locked in a dead heat with Cam. As Election Day approaches, each man slings mud galore in a last-ditch effort to bury the other.

Cast: Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis, Jason Sudeikis, Dylan McDermott, Katherine LaNasa, John Lithgow, Dan Aykroyd, Brian Cox

Director: Jay Roach

Genres: Comedy

Production Co: Everyman Pictures, Gary Sanchez Productions

Distributors: Warner Bros. Pictures

Keywords: Amusing , Rivalry , 2010s ,

Ratings & Reviews

  • 50
    Steven ReaPhiladelphia Inquirer

    Relying on improv-y riffing and watch-them-coming-from-down-the-block-and-around-the-corner sight gags, The Campaign is intermittently amusing, but more often just interminable. show more

  • 50
    Michael RechtshaffenThe Hollywood Reporter

    While leads Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis are amusingly on point as a pair of mud-slinging contenders for Congress, the platform is a wobbly political satire that flip-flops chaotically between clever and crass, never finding a sturdy comedic footing. show more

  • 20
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    Instead of biting wit, though, the movie settles for sketch humor, standard-brand raunch and toothless slapstick that trivializes everything it touches. show more

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