The Campaign

2012

The Campaign

Critics 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.

66%

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51%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 123,081
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Movie Info

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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Cast

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
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 (204) | Top Critics (45)

Audience Reviews for The Campaign

  • Mar 10, 2017
    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 M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 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. Over the top fun from start to finish.
    Al S Super Reviewer
  • Jan 20, 2014
    Bland, boring, and generally unfunny with it's excess use of sex-related humor.
    Max G Super Reviewer
  • Jan 04, 2014
    "The Campaign" starts with Cam Brady(Will Ferrell) well on his way to winning a fifth election to congress in North Carolina, running unopposed this time. That is until the Phone Call. That makes the Motch Brothers(Dan Aykroyd & John Lithgow) so nervous that they recruit Marty Huggins(Zach Galifianakis) through his super wealthy father(Brian Cox, in an excellent turn). Even after that, Tim Wattley(Dylan McDermott, in danger of being typecast as scary and/or threatening) decides an image makeover is needed for Marty, starting for his dogs being swapped out and his wife Mitzi(Sarah Baker) getting a new haircut. Like most Hollywood movies, "The Campaign" has lots of things that are old and borrowed in its mostly on target political satire, exaggerated as it may be at times, but not the part about there being little difference between Democrats and Republicans.(Plus, you'll never see Drew Carey quite the same way ever again.) Even its central message that style trumps substance in political contests is almost pure Frank Capra, albeit with sex tapes thrown in here. But there is also plenty new to consider like the barely veiled attacks on the Koch Brothers and outsourcing which also hit the mark. That's not to mention the fine work of the leads, with Will Ferrell again displaying his expertise at playing nincompoops while Zach Galifianakis fares well playing a less devolved, more sweet character this time around.
    Walter M Super Reviewer

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