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The Campaign

Rated R 97 min. 2012

Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis square off in a race for U.S. Congress, in a North Carolina Congressional district. This is apt because Ferrell's parents hail from Roanoke Rapids and he still has relatives in Cary. Galifianakis was born and raised in Wilkesboro and attended N.C. State. Moreover, Nick Galifianakis, Zach's uncle, was a three-term North Carolina congressman who lost the 1972 election for U.S. Senate to a former television commentator named Jesse Helms, a campaign marred by slogans denigrating Galifianakis' Greek heritage: "Jesse Helms: He's One of Us." Despite a svelte 85-minute running time, the by-the-numbers plot peters out even before it segues into a contrived climax. Any movie that pads screen time with cable news talking heads playing themselves is already out of things to say—seriously, have Chris Matthews and Wolf Blitzer qualified for SAG cards?

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Director: Jay Roach

Writer: Chris Henchy, Shawn Harwell and Adam McKay

Producer: Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, Jay Roach and Zach Galifianakis

Cast: Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis, Jason Sudeikis, Katherine LaNasa, Dylan McDermott, John Lithgow, Dan Aykroyd and Brian Cox


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