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The Campaign - Movie Synopsis & Plot

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 that takes today's political circus to its logical next level. Because even when you think campaign ethics have hit rock bottom, there's room to dig a whole lot deeper.

MOVIE REVIEW

Politicians are idiots. I'm old enough to acknowledge that a majority of elected officials are not nearly smart enough to be responsible for making decisions we afford them. Unfortunately, we're stuck with them, because the smart people go into other lines of work. In The Campaign, comedic heavyweight and incumbent Will Ferrell and up-and-coming-and-almost-here Zach Galifianakis, who can be called that because I can now spell his name without Googling him, square off as rival politicians. Both play idiots as the two actors are wont to do, but unfortunately the movie is not a sum of its parts.
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