Campaign

Campaign

Director: Jay Roach

Cast: Jay Roach, Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis, Jason Sudeikis

     
 

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Two powerful CEOs pit a blundering congressman against an unlikely political newcomer in order to seize control of a crucial North Carolina district in this satirical political comedy starring Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis. On the eve of an upcoming election, incumbent congressman Cam Brady (Ferrell) makes a misstep that threatens to end his career in politics.… See more details below

Overview

Two powerful CEOs pit a blundering congressman against an unlikely political newcomer in order to seize control of a crucial North Carolina district in this satirical political comedy starring Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis. On the eve of an upcoming election, incumbent congressman Cam Brady (Ferrell) makes a misstep that threatens to end his career in politics. Recognizing the opportunity to gain influence in the aftermath of the public gaffe, a pair of scheming CEOs handpick credulous tourism-center director Marty Huggins (Galifianakis) as Brady's political rival, quickly shaping him into a viable candidate with the help of a seasoned campaign manager. As Election Day draws near, Brady and Huggins cast ethics aside to engage in the brand of hysterical mud-slinging that's sent contemporary politics straight down the toilet. Jason Sudeikis, John Lithgow, and Brian Cox co-star.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis hold a funhouse mirror up to the American electoral process in The Campaign, a demented political farce that delivers some hearty laughs as the titular race heats up, but sadly loses steam as Election Day draws near. Regardless, it's still fun enough to earn a vote from forgiving comedy fans, because even when it starts to falter, its irreverent evisceration of a deeply flawed system is enough to keep a candidate's smile plastered firmly on our faces. On the eve of an upcoming election, incumbent congressman Cam Brady (Ferrell) makes a misstep that threatens to end his career in politics. Recognizing the opportunity to gain influence in the aftermath of the public gaffe, wealthy CEOs Glenn (John Lithgow) and Wade Motch (Dan Aykroyd) handpick credulous small-town tourism-center director Marty Huggins (Galifianakis) as Brady's new rival, and they quickly shape the socially awkward misfit into a viable candidate with the help of serpentine campaign manager Tim Wattley (Dylan McDermott). Both determined to win the election at any cost, Brady and Huggins cast ethics aside to engage in the sort of hysterical mudslinging that's sent contemporary politics straight down the toilet. Front-loaded with outrageous gags as Ferrell's Brady gets himself into a bind and Galifianakis' Huggins gets a crash course in political one-upmanship, The Campaign works best when it's delivering a series of increasingly absurd set pieces that satirize the desperate lengths political hopefuls will go to in order to get votes. With each scene more outrageous than the last, and the two capable stars openly embracing their broad caricatures, writers Chris Henchy (The Other Guys) and Shawn Harwell (Eastbound and Down) pull out all the stops to reveal just how little the whole election process has to do with the actual beliefs of the men who seek office. Still, the focus here is on laughs -- not political deconstruction -- and the relentless blend of sight gags (including an early nip slip that uses partial nudity to expert comic effect), awkward timing, and classic satire (Ferrell does for the Lord's Prayer here what Leslie Nielsen did for the National Anthem in The Naked Gun) gives hope early on that The Campaign will soar to the delirious heights of its rich comic pedigree. But about an hour into the film, as a public debate between Brady and Huggins devolves into a massive brawl, the movie crescendos. And though it doesn't necessarily flatline afterward, The Campaign never quite achieves that level of sustained comic energy again. Yet even when The Campaign is inconsistent, its blithely cynical observations about the roles of personality and big money in elections still hit the bull's-eye more often than not, and since partisan politics play virtually no role in the proceedings, party affiliations aren't likely to stifle anyone's enjoyment of the film in an election year that promises to be as divisive (if not more so) than any that's come before it. So as civil political discourse has seemingly become a quaint relic of the 20th century, there's certainly something to be said for the role comedy plays in uniting us through laughter.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/30/2013
UPC:
0883929335565
Original Release:
2012
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:26:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Will Ferrell Cam Brady
Zach Galifianakis Marty Huggins
Jason Sudeikis Actor,Mitch
Katherine La Nasa Actor,Rose Brady
Dylan McDermott Tim Wattley,Actor
Sarah Baker Mitzi Huggins,Actor
John Lithgow Actor,Glenn Motch
Dan Aykroyd Actor,Wade Motch
Brian Cox Actor,Raymond Huggins
Karen Maruyama Mrs. Yao
Grant S. Goodman Clay Huggins
Kya Haywood Dylan Huggins
Randall Cunningham Cam, Jr.
Madison Wolfe Jessica Brady
Thomas Middleditch Actor,Travis
Josh Lawson Tripp
Heather Lawless Diane
Jack McBrayer Mr. Mendenhall
Elizabeth Berkes Mrs. Mendenhall
Billy Slaughter Dermot
Aaron Jay Rome Intern Jason
Kate Lang Johnson Shana
Amelia Jackson-Gray Becky
Bobby Tisdale Huggins Supporter
Joe Scarborough Himself
Ed Schultz Himself
P.J. Byrne Rick - Ad Agency Guy
Patrick Weathers Old Councilman
Gerry May Carter Baines
Tzi Ma Mr. Zheng
Bill Martin Williams Senator Lloyd
Danny Vinson Elder Dan
John Reaves Banker
Scott A. Martin Wes - Cam Brady Supporter
Rob Mariano Boston Rob
Randy Bachman Himself (Bachman & Turner)
Mick Dalla-Vee Himself (Bachman & Turner)
Marc La France Himself (Bachman & Turner)
Brent Howard Knudsen Himself (Bachman & Turner)
Charles Frederick Turner Himself (Bachman & Turner)
Danny Hanemann Hunter
Jason Kirkpatrick Hunter
Taryn Terrell Janette
J.D. Evermore State Official
Matt Borel Rainbowland Moderator
Millard Darden Moderator Carl Terry
Mikki Val Town Hall Moderator
Ramona Tyler Reporter Brenda Britton
Steve Wilkins Reporter Darren
Rowan Joseph Reporter Gary
Dane Rhodes Working-Class Man
Trey Burvant Man at Debate
Joe Chrest Rainbowland Audience
Cranston Clements Pentecostal Band
Johnny Vidacovich Pentecostal Band
Tommy Malone Pentecostal Band
Sion Daneshrad Rabbi
Peaches Davis Mrs. Cutler
George Young Choir Director
Stephanie Dotson Choir Soloist
Dylan DePaula Young Cam
Seth Morris Confession Husband
Tara Copeland Confession Wife
Frank Drank Biker Guy
Luka Jones Biker Guy
Paul Zies Biker Guy
Early Whitesides Elderly Man
Leslea Fisher Election Night Girl
Steve Tom Congressman
Catherine Shreves Anchor Rachel
Amber Dawn Landrum Punched Baby's Mother
Dustan Costine Police Officer
Tim Hickey Patriotic Passerby
Loriel Hennington Dancer
Tyne Stecklein Dancer
Krystal Ellsworth Dancer
Kayla Jenee Radomski Dancer
Brittany Perry-Russell Dancer
Colleen Craig Dancer

Technical Credits
Jay Roach Director,Producer
Craig Alpert Editor
Michael Corenblith Production Designer
Kelly Curley Art Director
Jim Denault Cinematographer
Will Ferrell Producer
Zach Galifianakis Producer
Michelle Graham Associate Producer
Jeffrey Harlacker Associate Producer
Shane Harwell Original Story,Screenwriter
Shawn Harwell Original Story,Screenwriter
Chris Henchy Executive Producer,Original Story,Screenwriter
Allison Jones Casting
Stacey Kelly Makeup
Dave Kelsey Set Decoration/Design
Josh King Associate Producer,Asst. Director
Adam McKay Original Story,Producer
Kenneth McLaughlin Sound Mixer
Daniel Orlandi Costumes/Costume Designer
Jon Poll Editor,Executive Producer
Amy Sayres Executive Producer
Theodore Shapiro Score Composer
Tinsley Studio Makeup Special Effects

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Campaign
1. Scene 1 [10:16]
2. Scene 2 [9:51]
3. Scene 3 [8:03]
4. Scene 4 [3:51]
5. Scene 5 [9:42]
6. Scene 6 [9:54]
7. Scene 7 [9:47]
8. Scene 8 [11:20]
9. Scene 9 [8:00]

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