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Will Ferrell in new political comedy The Campaign

8 August 2012 Last updated at 00:16 BST

As America's election season gets set to intensify Hollywood is releasing a new political comedy called The Campaign with stars Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis playing competing congressional candidates.

As Talking Movies' Tom Brook reports the film depicts a fictional political landscape rife with negative campaigning that's not that different from what happens in the real world.

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