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The Campaign

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.



  • Jay Roach


  • 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
  • Elizabeth Berkes


  • Will Ferrell
  • Adam McKay
  • Jay Roach
  • Zach Galifianakis
  • Amy Sayres
  • Jon Poll
  • Chris Henchy

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    • Off Message: The Campaign tries to blend outrageousness with political outrage

      People who think a lot about movies tend to put directors in tidy boxes. Call it a remnant of the auteur theory, but we don't quite know what to do with directors who dabble about in ways that don't fit an easily-defined artistic compartment. Take The Campaign's director, Jay Roach, for example. He's a comedy guy, according to that convenient narrative. He's the guy who introduced the world to Austin Powers and Greg Focker, whose movies are about doing anything for a belly laugh. But  Roach is also a guy who has a more acerbic, down-to-earth sense of the political process, having steered the made-for-cable stories of the 2000 presidential election (Recount) and the Sarah Palin phenomenon (Game Change). Clearly, there are two very distinct creative personalities to this filmmaker. So what happens when he tries to be both at the same time? — By Source Weekly

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