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The Campaign

  R Closed Captioning

Jay Roach

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Plot Summary

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 from "Meet the Parents" director Jay Roach. Because even when you think campaign ethics have hit rock bottom, there's room to dig a whole lot deeper.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 179
  • Fresh: 118
  • Rotten: 61
  • Average Rating: 6.0/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Simply taken as a broad character comedy, "The Campaign" definitely has its moments. – Andrew O'Hehir,, Aug 13, 2012

Fresh: Despite the obviousness of its political points, the film has a scattershot, breezy appeal. – Bruce Diones, New Yorker, Aug 20, 2012

Fresh: This big, broad, laugh-out-loud farce isn't in the business of deep swipes or sharp insights. Its main message is that politics pretty much makes fun of itself. – Rafer Guzman, Newsday, Aug 10, 2012

Rotten: This movie is single-handedly causing a major rise in our mirth deficit. It's so bad, I'm declaring a laugh emergency. – Kyle Smith, New York Post, Aug 10, 2012

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Customer Reviews


This is one of the funniest movies I have seen in a long time. I first saw it in theaters. It is certainly worth renting! The language is crude and there are sexually explicit scenes, but Ferrel and Galifanakis absolutely deliver. They work extremely well together in this movie. The humor is very blunt and isn't necessarily clever- it's more offensive and outrageous. However, if you like Ferrel films like Anchorman and Talledega Nights, you will undoubtedly enjoy this movie.

Funniest movie I ever seen!!!

Just laughed completely through out.


My wife and I were laughing the entire time, and she hates stuff like this. Rent it.

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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 2012

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