Election 1999

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Reese Witherspoon plays Tracy Flick, a straight-A go-getter daetermined to be president of Carver High?s student body. Popular teacher Jim McAllister (Broderick) decides to derail Tracy?s obsessive overachieving by recruiting an opposition candidate.

Starring:
Matthew Broderick,Reese Witherspoon
Runtime:
1 hour, 42 minutes

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Election

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Teen & Young Adult, Comedy
Director Alexander Payne
Starring Matthew Broderick, Reese Witherspoon
Supporting actors Chris Klein, Jessica Campbell
Studio Paramount
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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4.1 out of 5 stars

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. O. DeRiemer HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 1 April 2008
Format: DVD
"Dear Lord Jesus," prays Tracy Flick the night before the election for student body president, "I do not often speak with you and ask for things, but now, I really must insist that you help me win the election tomorrow because I deserve it and Paul Metzler doesn't, as you well know. I realize that it was your divine hand that disqualified Tammy Metzler and now I'm asking that you go that one last mile and make sure to put me in office where I belong so that I may carry out your will on earth as it is in heaven. Amen."

Tracy (Reese Witherspoon) is an overachieving senior in suburban George Washington Carver High School (where the student body is all white). What Tracy wants, she gets, using a combination of single-minded hard work, bright smiles as phony as a television infomercial, eager volunteering and a ruthlessness that varies between chirpiness and squinted eyes. As Tracy says, quoting her Mom, "The weak are always trying to sabotage the strong."

Then one of Tracy's teachers, Jim McAllister (Matthew Broderick), decides the world needs to be saved from Tracy. He talks one of the school's popular football athletes to run against Tracy. From now on Jim has his hands full trying to sabotage Tracy's relentless campaign, impregnate his wife, convince himself his next door neighbor, a recent divorcee, is really going to understand him if they can only check into a motel for a couple of hours...and deal with the consequences of everything he set in motion.

Election, written and directed by Alexander Payne, is one of the funniest, darkest satires of human behavior since Jonathan Swift recommended that the poor should simply sell their children to be eaten by the rich. There are a lot of teenagers in this movie, but it's not just another teen-age movie.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Johnston on 11 Aug. 2007
Format: DVD
how this film is so unheard of is beyond me. this is icredible outstanding and original film making, but i guess thats what you expect fom director Alexander Payne (sideways). im no fan of Matthew Broderick, but he does give a perfectly fitting and believable performance. Reese Witherspoon is incredibly entertaining and the supporting cast is perfectly picked and the film is wisely scripted. its gentle comedy is absolutely perfect, its drama supprisingly engaging and script solid as can be. this easily ranks along side sideways, little miss sunshine and the under rated trans america. one of the independent highlights of the decade.
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Tracy Flick is a seemingly perfect overachieving student who is running unopposed for the position of high school student president in the upcoming student government election. The school's student adviser and history teacher Jim McAllister has witnessed the darker side of Tracy's personality, beneath Tracy's goody two shoes veneer he's seen an obsessive, manic and manipulative self-obsessed go getter that will go to any lengths to get what she wants and he knows her dark secret which led to his best friend being fired from teaching at the school.
Irritated that an unopposed Tracy will win the election by default, he decides to throw a spanner into the works and organises some competition by manipulating Paul Metzler, the schools highly popular, though slightly dumb quarterback hero into running against her. However when Paul upsets his younger sister Tammy, she too decides to throw her hat in the ring and the election soon backfires into a dangerous farce which ends up putting careers and reputations on the line.
Election is one of those rare films that manages to do everything exceptionally well. It has a great cast, great direction and a smart, stinging and darkly comical storyline that hooks you in from start to finish.
If you enjoyed films like 'Office Space', 'Pretty Persuasion' and 'Mean Girls' then 'Election' is highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William Cohen VINE VOICE on 10 Jun. 2007
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This is a fantastic film. So dark, ambiguous and funny. It touches on many sensitive issues. Is it good to be a super ambitious kid, sexuality, the dilemmas that teachers face, whether it is good to achieve or not to achieve, marriage and the machinations of institutions.

Jim McAllister, the teacher, is a great character who engages your sympathy, despite his flaws. This film makes you think hard about how to be in life, and makes you laugh when it still doesn't work out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 29 Sept. 2007
Format: DVD
This was an entertaining film to watch throughout its length but was neither very funny or very happy or sad.It was more a clever film that contrasted the best and worst behaviour of teachers and pupils in an american high school and held the viewer's attention because you wanted to know what would happen next.I wouldn't watch it a second time though because once you know what happens it spoils the viewing experience.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Dec. 2000
Format: DVD
It is always satisfying to discover something great, and then realise nobody else has heard of it. Without the usual hype, word of mouth, and spoilers; you can take a movie for what it is. In the case of Election, it is a superb,hilarious, biting and dark comedy that deserves a wider audience.
Everything is good about the film. The plot (which goes where other high school films dare not go e.g. She's all that, 10 things...etc)is excellent. The acting (especially a marvellous Matthew Broderick) is spot on, while the whole style of the movie is designed to avoid any boredom.
If you've never heard of it, remedy that immediately by tracking it down. You are missing out on an overlooked gem.
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