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The Campaign (2012)



Critic Consensus: Its crude brand of political satire isn't quite as smart or sharp as one might hope in an election year, but The Campaign manages to generate a sufficient number of laughs thanks to its well-matched leads.

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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 their North Carolina district. Their man: naïve 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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Will Ferrell
as Cam Brady
Zach Galifianakis
as Marty Huggins
Dylan McDermott
as Tim Wattley
Katherine LaNasa
as Rose Brady
Sarah Baker
as Mitzi Huggins
John Lithgow
as Glenn Motch
Dan Aykroyd
as Wade Motch
Brian Cox
as Raymond Huggins
Grant S. Goodman
as Clay Huggins
Kya Haywood
as Dylan Huggins
Madison Wolfe
as Jessica Brady
Jack McBrayer
as Mr. Mendenhall
Elizabeth Berkes
as Mrs. Mendenhall
Aaron Jay Rome
as Intern Jason
Bobby Tisdale
as Huggins Supporter
Wolf Blitzer
as Himself
Piers Morgan
as Himself
Bill Maher
as Himself
Willie Geist
as Himself
Ed Schultz
as Himself
Ed Schultz
as Himself
P.J. Byrne
as Rick - Ad Agency Guy
Patrick Weathers
as Old Councilman
Gerry May
as Carter Baines
Tzi Ma
as Mr. Zheng
Bill Martin Williams
as Senator Lloyd
Danny Vinson
as Elder Dan
Scott A. Martin
as Wes - Cam Brady Supporter
Rob Mariano
as Boston Rob
Mike Mizanin
as The Miz
Randy Bachman
as Himself (Bachman & Turner)
Randy Bachman
as Himself (Bachman & Turner)
Mick Dalla-Vee
as Himself (Bachman & Turner)
Marc La France
as Himself (Bachman & Turner)
Marc La France
as Himself (Bachman & Turner)
Brent Howard Knudsen
as Himself (Bachman & Turner)
Brent Howard Knudsen
as Himself (Bachman & Turner)
Charles Frederick Turner
as Himself (Bachman & Turner)
J.D. Evermore
as State Official
Matt Borel
as Rainbowland Moderator
Millard Darden
as Moderator Carl Terry
Mikki Val
as Town Hall Moderator
Ramona Tyler
as Reporter Brenda Britton
Steve Wilkins
as Reporter Darren
Rowan Joseph
as Reporter Gary
Dane Rhodes
as Working-Class Man
Trey Burvant
as Man at Debate
Joe Chrest
as Rainbowland Audience
Cranston Clements
as Pentecostal Band
Cranston Clements
as Pentecostal Band
Johnny Vidacovich
as Pentecostal Band
Tommy Malone
as Pentecostal Band
Tommy Malone
as Pentecostal Band
Peaches Davis
as Mrs. Cutler
George Young
as Choir Director
Stephanie Dotson
as Choir Soloist
Dylan DePaula
as Young Cam
Seth Morris
as Confession Husband
Tara Copeland
as Confession Wife
Frank Drank
as Biker Guy
Luka Jones
as Biker Guy
Paul Zies
as Biker Guy
Early Whitesides
as Elderly Man
Leslea Fisher
as Election Night Girl
Steve Tom
as Congressman
Catherine Shreves
as Anchor Rachel
Amber Dawn Landrum
as Punched Baby's Mother
Dustan Costine
as Police Officer
Tim Hickey
as Patriotic Passerby
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Critic Reviews for The Campaign

All Critics (208) | Top Critics (59)

Perhaps one in ten of the jokes hits the mark; the rest are damp, childish squibs

September 28, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

There are some laughs, it doesn't overstay its welcome and neither side in the present fight for the presidency is likely to be offended.

September 28, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

The increasingly absurd squabbling between Ferrell and Galifianakis provides more than enough hearty laughs to be getting on with.

September 28, 2012 | Rating: 3/5

If you're solemnly looking for contemporary political observation, this isn't the film for you. But laughs come rolling off the production line a-plenty.

September 27, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Who says political satire is dead? Most of the audience for The Campaign will say it.

September 27, 2012 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

All sounds a bit déjà vu. Didn't they make this in the late-'90s with Chris Farley and David Spade?

September 27, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Campaign


A few funny moments, but in light of all the Trump stuff, pretty accurate viewing, even though it was made prior to all this and I am just late watching it. Below average comedy.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

An average satire of the cancerous political platform known as the campaign for public office, with two of the most powerful comedic titans of the industry (Will Ferrell, Zack Galifianakis) at the helms. It starts to head in the right direction near its conclusion, but sadly it is already too late. Ferrell sports another over the top performance that we are all used to, while Galifianakis and his silly southern accent are not as utilized. Americans need a movie with a ferocious political bite like say, "Wag the Dog", especially now, when the future of our country looks bleak. Sadly, "The Campaign" is not that beast, instead it comes across as somewhat likable but largely forgettable, and probably a film that should have been on Ferrell's "Funny or Die" website as a 5-10 minute sketch, not an hour and a half long film.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer


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. Over the top fun from start to finish.

Al S
Al S

Super Reviewer

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