For long-term congressman Cam Brady (Will Ferrell), winning had always come easy. Since he had never had an opponent, all he had to do to clinch the race was sign the registration documents. Until now. After committing a major public gaffe just prior to launching his fifth “campaign” for Congress, handsome and charismatic Cam is shocked to learn that he won’t be running unopposed after all. Marty Huggins (Zach Galifianakis), the director of the local Tourism Center and a complete political neophyte, will be on the ballot as well – backed and handpicked by a pair of ultra-wealthy CEOs who are bent on gaining influence over their small North Carolina district.
At first blush naïve Marty seems like a strange choice for the wealthy benefactors to have made. But with their support, Marty’s family’s political connections and a cutthroat campaign manager, Marty gives Cam plenty of reasons to lose sleep at night. With ethics dropping ever lower and insults escalating by the day, their congressional race becomes a mud-slinging, back-stabbing, home-wrecking circus.
Directed by Jay Roach (“Meet the Parents”), The Campaign is a comedy that takes today’s dirty political campaigns to a whole new level. Scheduled for release by Warner Bros. Pictures on August 10, 2012, The Campaign was written by Chris Henchy and Shawn Harwell from a story by Adam McKay, Jay Roach and Zach Galifianakis. Also starring Jason Sudeikis, Katherine LaNasa, Dylan McDermott, John Lithgow, Dan Aykroyd, and Brian Cox.