R | | Comedy
An incumbent Representative embroiled in personal scandal faces a no-holds-barred challenge from a naive newcomer funded by two unscrupulous billionaire lobbyist brothers.
Zach Galifianakis' uncle Nick had been a North Carolina Representative, who lost the 1972 Senate election to Jesse Helms. Plus, it is stated in the film that Galifianakis' character's father was the former campaign manager to Jesse Helms.
People are taking this thing entirely out of context.
Mitch: No. You did punch that baby.
Cam Brady: Is anyone asking how my hand feels after punching that iron like jaw of that baby? I can barely make a fist!
Just after Cam Brady (Will Ferrell) punches the baby's face, the different newscasts use actual footage of the punch from the film itself (slow motion, baby's perspective, different angles...) and not moving images from what a video-camera of the News would take.
During the credits there is an additional scene depicting the trial with Motch brothers. The scene also partly explains the origins of Tim Wattley.
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.
$26,588,460 (USA) (12 August 2012)