ELECTION

Director Alexander Payne
Year 1999
Starring Matthew Broderick, Reese Witherspoon, Chris Klein
Rating R
Run Time 103min
Age Policy

18 and up; Children 6 and up will be allowed only with a parent guardian. No children under the age of 6 will be allowed.

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“Some people say I'm an overachiever, but I think they're just jealous.”

Over his career Alexander Payne has become one of the most original comedic voices in American movies and ELECTION, his second feature, is the best example of his ability to unfold intelligent satire and human drama out of any situation.

His palette here is a Nebraska high school election where three candidates emerge; the overachieving, intelligent, but arrogant Tracy Flick (Reese Witherspoon), everyone’s favorite jock Paul Metzler (Chris Klein) and his rebellious sister Tammy (Jessica Campbell), and one adult; the school's quaint government teacher Jim McAllister (Matthew Broderick).

The film scathingly exposes the flaw and shortcomings of these four individuals while also making them, at least in some small way, empathetic characters. Tracy is kind of a bitch, but she's also said and lonley. Paul is, well, simple, but he makes up for it by being sincere and caring. Tammy is lost and rebellious. And Mr. McAllister is the most complex of all, basically an adult who acts like a child, but he doesn't seem to realize it.

Payne's hilarious satire not only made people take notice of his off-kilter comedic sensibility, but it also gave Reese Witherspoon the role of a lifetime and she delivers one hell of a great performance.

As far as high school comedy's go they don't get much smarter, funnier, uneasy, realistic and strange than ELECTION. (R.J. LaForce)

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