An incumbent Representative embroiled in personal scandal faces a no-holds-barred challenge from a naive newcomer funded by two unscrupulous billionaire lobbyist brothers.

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Jay Roach

Writers:

Chris Henchy (screenplay), Shawn Harwell (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Will Ferrell ... Rep. Camden 'Cam' Brady
Zach Galifianakis ... Martin Sylvester 'Marty' Huggins
Jason Sudeikis ... Mitch
Dylan McDermott ... Tim Wattley
Katherine LaNasa ... Rose Brady
Sarah Baker ... Mitzi Huggins
John Lithgow ... Glenn Motch
Dan Aykroyd ... Wade Motch
Brian Cox ... Raymond Huggins
Karen Maruyama ... Mrs. Yao
Grant Goodman ... Clay Huggins
Kya Haywood Kya Haywood ... Dylan Huggins
Randall D. Cunningham Randall D. Cunningham ... Cam Brady Jr. (as Randall Cunningham)
Madison Wolfe ... Jessica Brady
Thomas Middleditch ... Travis
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Storyline

When Cam Brady (D-NC), a four-term Congressman, becomes a liability, the Motch brothers (think Koch brothers) recruit Marty Huggins, the son of a Republican heavy hitter, to run against him and be their vehicle to establish factories in the district that will import cheap Chinese labor. Trouble is, Marty is a lightweight, so his makeover falls to consultant Tim Wattley. The race tightens as Cam constantly shoots himself in the foot, while the prospect of winning also changes Marty and his family's dynamics. Meanwhile, Cam plays dirty, and Marty cottons on to the Moches' grand plan. What options do the rich have to get their way? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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May the best loser win.

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Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for crude sexual content, language and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Trivia

All cigarettes that characters in the film smoke are Newports, which are manufactured by Lorillard Tobacco Company of Greensboro, North Carolina. See more »

Goofs

At the party where the election results were revealed, there is a flag on the table in front of Marty that goes from being flat to being slightly pushed over and back to flat again without ever being touched by Marty or his wife. See more »

Quotes

Cam Brady: You know the difference between you mum and a washing machine? The washing machine does not follow me around when I dump a load in it.
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Crazy Credits

During the credits there is an additional scene depicting the trial with Motch brothers. The scene also partly explains the origins of Tim Wattley. See more »

Alternate Versions

An Extended Cut running an extra 10 minutes is available on the Blu-ray. As well as inserting new scenes not seen in the theatrical cut, the drunk-driving scene plays out in a significantly different way. Cam has new dialogue as he steals the cop car, and he doesn't lose control and hit a cow - he realises what he's done, turns the car around (hitting a dumpster) and then drives back to the cop, who arrests him. See more »

Connections

References Hee Haw (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

Sugar Sugar
Written by Jeff Barry and Andy Kim
Performed by The Archies
Courtesy of Prime Entertainment, Inc.
By arrangement with Fuel 2000 Records, Inc.
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Brilliant
11 October 2012 | by jason31-321-904744See all my reviews

10/10 for comedy for me and I love the way they have pulled no punches at taking the Michael out of US politicians. Ferrell is at his funniest here but it's Galifianakis that steals every scene he is simply hilarious in this movie. For me ferrell is just doing a good impression of Bush JR in this movie haha and spot on he is too. Showing how dumb the voters are is genius and how corrupt the system is, The actors must of been willing to do this movie for free! I doubt many Americans would even see this but oh so obvious to us UK viewers. This is Ferrells second funniest movie behind Step Brothers so if you enjoyed that very silly movie but ultimately hilarious then make sure to watch this too.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 August 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Southern Rivals See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$95,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$26,588,460, 12 August 2012

Gross USA:

$86,907,746

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$104,907,746
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Runtime:

| (DVD extended cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Datasat | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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