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The Campaign

Rated R 85 minutes 2012

Will Ferrell stars as a sleazy North Carolina congressman who flounders in his race for a fifth term after his sexual peccadillos become public, and Zach Galifianakis is the dweeby tourism official drafted by two billionaire brothers to challenge him for the seat. Director Jay Roach made his name with the Austin Powers and Meet the Parents franchises and more recently branched out directing the political docudramas Recount and Game Change for HBO. This comedy hews much closer to the former than the latter, though it's politically literate enough to make fun of the Koch brothers (embodied here by John Lithgow and Dan Aykroyd) and the Citizens United ruling. Galifianakis scores most of the laughs, as you might expect, but there's some nice supporting work from Jason Sudeikis, Dylan McDermott, and Sarah Baker.

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Director: Jay Roach

Producer: Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, Jay Roach, Zach Galifianakis, Amy Sayres, Jon Poll and Chris Henchy

Cast: Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis, Jason Sudeikis, Dylan McDermott, Katherine LaNasa, John Lithgow, Dan Aykroyd, Brian Cox, Karen Maruyama, Grant Goodman, Kya Haywood, Randall Cunningham, Madison Wolfe, Thomas Middleditch, Heather Lawless, Jack McBrayer and Elizabeth Berkes


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