The Campaign

2012 R 1h 25m Blu-ray / DVD

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The Campaign

2012 R 1h 25m Blu-ray / DVD
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Plenty of mud gets slung when an inexperienced contender backed by two plotting benefactors goes up against a longtime North Carolina congressman in a ruthless battle to win a House of Representatives seat.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen 1.85:1
English SDH, Spanish (Neutral), French
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen 1.85:1
English SDH, Spanish (Neutral), French
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 5.1
R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.
age 17+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 17+
  • Will Ferrell
  • Zach Galifianakis
  • Jason Sudeikis
  • Dan Aykroyd
  • Dylan McDermott
  • John Lithgow
  • Brian Cox
  • Sarah Baker
  • Katherine La Nasa
  • Scott A. Martin
  • Thomas Middleditch
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age 17+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that The Campaign, which stars Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis, is a raunch-fest from beginning to end, starting with a scene that shows a family with young kids listening to a very lewd, graphic answering machine message. There's some nudity -- a woman's nipple is visible in a social setting -- and plenty of jokes about sex and a married man's indiscretions. Expect lots of swearing, too, including various versions of "f--k," plus "s--t," "d--k," and more. Still, the subject matter -- a congressional election and the dirty campaigning that leads up to it -- is a gold mine for comedy, and it may leave you thinking about our electoral process in general, too.

Sexual Content

Racy, with tons of sex jokes. One character leaves a very lewd message on an answering machine that's heard by children. A few sex scenes with exaggerated movements and sounds. A woman is seen in public with her nipple visible. One candidate thinks it's a good idea to release a sex tape as part of his campaign. A woman sleeps with a man who's not her husband. A tween talks about feeling up a man's wife.


Lots of cartoonish "fighting" between the two leads, with them swatting and yelling at each other. A man shoots another in the leg. Another man throws things around in a temper tantrum.


Frequent use of very colorful language, including "f--k," "motherf----er," "s--t," "d--k," "p---y," "ass," "damn," "a--hole," "hell," "crap," "son of a bitch," "goddamn," "oh my God," and more.

Social Behavior

The message is a bit muddled (and obscured by some of the over-the-top content), but essentially, it's that unless you know yourself and have the fortitude to withstand temptations and pressure from others, you'll be led astray from the path you once envisioned for yourself.


Labels/brands seen or mentioned include Google, MSNBC, Ruby Tuesday, Goldman Sachs, Under Armor, Honey Nut Cheerios, CNN, Facebook, Scrabble, Budweiser, Panasonic, Red Bull, and Yamaha.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Lots of over-the-top stunts played for laughs, including one scene in which one man gets another drunk on hard liquor on purpose, then calls the cops on him when he lets him drive drunk. A few other boozing scenes in social situations. A woman smokes a cigarette in secret.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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