September 28th, 2012, by Rob

The Campaign

The Campaign (formerly known as Dog Fight and Rivals) is a 2012 comedy film starring Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis as two Southerners vying for a seat in Congress to represent their small district. The screenplay for the film was written by Eastbound & Down writer Shawn Harwell, and by Chris Henchy, and the film is directed by Jay Roach.




Movie2k Watch Movies – The Campaign Plot

Democratic Congressman Cam Brady (Will Ferrell) of North Carolina’s 14th District is running for his fifth term unopposed. However his campaign is damaged by the revelation of his affair with one of his supporters, when Cam accidentally leaves a sexually explicit voice message on a local family’s phone.

Corrupt businessmen, brothers Glen (John Lithgow) and Wade Motch (Dan Aykroyd), use this opportunity to convince Marty Huggins (Zach Galifianakis), tourism director for the town of Hammond and son of one of their associates, Raymond Huggins (Brian Cox), to run against Cam on the Republican ticket, as part of a plan to profit from illegal dealings with Chinese companies. Cam at first underestimates Marty and humiliates him by playing a video biography highlighting Marty’s dim-witted nature. The Motch brothers then hire Tim Wattley (Dylan McDermott) to be Marty’s campaign manager. Tim reinvents Marty as a successful entrepreneur and family man. Marty’s popularity rises due to his effective campaign while Cam’s is further damaged when he accidentally punches a baby when intending to hit Marty. Cam later runs a campaign portraying Marty as an Al Qaeda terrorist, and Marty exposes Cam as a fake Christian by asking him to recite the Lord’s Prayer, which he fails to do. Cam attempts to restore his religious image by visiting a church of snake handlers, but he gets bitten by a snake. A video of the bite is leaked into the Internet and goes viral, increasing Cam’s popularity.

When Cam’s son plans to slander his competition for class president, Cam realizes he has set a bad example and visits Marty to make peace. A drunken Cam tells Marty that he originally became a politician to help people, citing that as class president he had a dangerous, rusty slide removed from the playground. After Cam leaves, Wattley convinces Marty to call the police and report Cam for driving while drunk. Cam is arrested and his campaign is again damaged. At a debate, Marty portrays a story Cam wrote in the 2nd grade as a “communist manifesto,” and Cam accidentally punches Uggie, the dog from The Artist when attacking Marty, once more suffering in his popularity levels. Marty later airs a TV ad of Cam’s son addressing Marty as “dad”. Cam gets revenge on Marty by seducing his neglected wife Mitzy (Sarah Baker) and recording the act. The released sex tape humiliates the Huggins family and causes Cam’s campaign manager, Mitch (Jason Sudeikis), to abandon him. Marty retaliates by shooting Cam in the leg on a hunting trip, increasing his own popularity.

As the election nears, Marty meets with the Motch brothers and learns of their plans to sell Hammond to their Chinese business partner and turn the town into a large series of factories. Marty realizes he has been used and rejects the Motch brothers’ support. The Motch brothers offer Cam their support instead to preserve their plans. Marty meanwhile reconciles with his family.

On election day, Cam’s victory appears to be certain until Marty comes forward and exposes the Motch brothers’ intent and promises to preserve Hammond if elected. Cam still wins and remains congressman due to rigged voting machines owned by the Motch brothers. While Cam gloats, Marty shows his large scars to Cam and reveals that he looked up to Cam in school for getting rid of the dangerous slide. Realizing he has swayed from his true objectives as a politician, Cam withdraws from the election and Marty wins by default. Cam earns back Mitch’s respect, and Marty later appoints him his chief of staff.

Six months later, Marty and Cam expose the Motch brothers’ scandals and the brothers are called to appear before Congress. The Motch brothers point out that everything they did is legal under Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, but they are arrested for their association with Wattley, who is actually an international fugitive known as “The Greek Butcher.”




Movie2k Watch Movies – The Campaign Cast

Will Ferrell as Camden “Cam” Brady
Zach Galifianakis as Martin “Marty” Huggins
Dylan McDermott as Tim Wattley
Jason Sudeikis as Mitch Wilson
Brian Cox as Raymond Huggins
John Lithgow as Glen Motch
Dan Aykroyd as Wade Motch
Katherine LaNasa as Rose Brady
Sarah Baker as Mitzi Huggins
Grant Goodman as Clay Huggins
Kya Haywood as Dylan Huggins
Karen Maruyama as Mrs. Yao
Taryn Terrell as Janette
Josh Lawson as Tripp
P.J. Byrne as Rick
Tzi Ma as Mr. Zheng
Jack McBrayer as Mr. Mendenhall
Kate Lang Johnson as Shana
Steve Tom as Rep. Ben Langley
Seth Morris as Confession Husband
John Goodman as corrupt Congressman

As Themselves

Wolf Blitzer
Piers Morgan
Bill Maher
Chris Matthews
Dennis Miller
Lawrence O’Donnell
Joe Scarborough
Mika Brzezinski
Willie Geist
Ed Schultz
Bachman-Turner Overdrive
Rob Mariano

Movie2k Watch Movies – The Campaign Production

Production of the film began November 14, 2011, and continued through February 2012 in New Orleans, Hammond, and on the West Bank.

The film was released on August 10, 2012.

Movie2k Watch Movies – The Campaign Reception

The Campaign received positive reviews from critics, with a pre-release rating of 67% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 76 reviews. The consensus stated: “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.” It holds a Metacritic score of 49/100, indicating mixed reviews. Richard Roeper awarded the film an A- and described it as “one of the best comedies of the year” where “the material is offensively funny, but the laughs are very consistent”.

Movie2k Watch Movies – The Campaign Themes

The film lampoons modern American elections and the influence of corporate money. It directly satirizes John Edwards as well as the Koch brothers with another pair of ultra-wealthy siblings: the Motch brothers. The film also alluded to the British Conservative Party’s New Labour, New Danger campaign.

Movie2k Watch Movies – The Campaign Marketing

The first trailer for The Campaign was released on May 11, 2012 and was met with mixed feedback. One reviewer at Ain’t It Cool News commented after viewing the trailer that he was, “optimistic that [audiences] are going to see something funny from The Campaign”. CNN sponsored the one-hour interview program by Piers Morgan in Piers Morgan Tonight.





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