Election  [DVD]
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This satirical comedy takes an uncommon look at ambition, morality, desire, love and lies: Jim McAllister (Mathew Broderick) is a po pular teacher and student government adviser who loves making a difference in his students' lives. Tracy Flick (Reese Witherspoon) is the school's consummate overachiever, an alarmingly ambitious go-getter, who is running for student council president. Jim decide s to recruit his own president, Paul - a sidelined football hero whose enormous popularity threatens Tracy's chances. As campaign f ever sets in, the lines between right and wrong grow increasingly blurry and Jim's life spins out of control. Received an Academy No mination for Screenplay-Adaptation (1999).
Matthew Broderick makes up for years of wet-noodle performances with his low-key but unsparing characterisation of Jim McAllister, a high-school teacher at George Washington Carver High School in Omaha, Nebraska. Driven by a strange mixture of loathing and lust for pathologically overachieving student Tracy Flick (Reese Witherspoon), McAllister encourages a dim but popular athlete, Paul (Chris Klein from American Pie), to run against her in the election for student-council president. Director/co-writer Alexander Payne (Citizen Ruth) turns this deceptively simple premise into a complex and scathing comedy of ambition, corruption and desire, all at its most naked and petty. Every scene contains some painfully funny nuance that will make you wince in a mixture of astonishment and empathy. Witherspoon flips effortlessly back and forth from adolescent vulnerability to steely-eyed strength; she is becoming a contemporary Carole Lombard. The movie itself feels like a magnificent throwback to the richly layered comedies of the 1930s, which drew their humour from sharply drawn characters and twisting plots instead of explosions of bodily fluids. With a wealth of smart, cutting details, Election rewards multiple viewing. --Bret FetzerSee all Product Description
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A worth while addition to anyone collection especially if you a fan of both leading actors.
Delivery was prompt and well package .
Oh one more thing if I had waited three weeks it's now being shown on sky
This is not the usual teenage high school movie; its humour is far too black for that. The dialogue is brilliantly witty and sharp and has some genuinely ‘laugh out loud’ moments whilst other scenes will make you cringe as the protagonists lives disintegrate before your eyes. The prim and proper Tracey raises feelings of sympathy and revulsion in equal measure while McAllister is a character that deserves everything that comes to him…and come it does. The beauty of this film is in its characterisation, no character is one dimensional but a wonderful mixture of good and bad, all with their flaws.
For anyone wanting a comedy that is black as coal and saccharine free, this is the movie to watch, absolutely brilliant.
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.Read more ›
Witherspoon and Broderick are absolutely charismatic here and I couldn't wait to see what they would do next. She's beautiful, calculating, and just the kind of little-miss-perfect you knew in high school. He's very watchable as a good teacher and a flawed man who maybe is a bit jealous of his student's long list of accomplishments. The movie is sly and always funny, thanks to an insightful script and the charm of the two stars. Relive those high school days with "Election," a spot-on, behind-the-scenes look at teenage politics and popularity.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
THIS IS ONE OF TEH WORST MOVIES !!!!
BAD ACTING , BAD STORY - SIMPLY AWFUL
due the cast i was looking forward to this movie BUT RUN,... Read more
Never heard of this, watched it by accident, thinking it was some sub-Clueless schoolgirl comedy. However it is much more subversive. Read morePublished 10 months ago by tiredoldgit
The only film by Alexander Payne I really love, the only ones I've not seen are The Descendants & Nebraska. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Mr. E. A. Dobson
Great adult black comedy with fantastic performances from Reese Witherspoon and Matthew Brodderick. 'Election' storyline is as described by other reviewers. Read morePublished 22 months ago by B Grant
Matthew Broderick and Reece Witherspoon are both excellent, but the film itself is tedious and disappointing, had to force myself to watch to the end and will now be giving it away... Read morePublished 23 months ago by scorpion25
I love Alexander Payne's films and this early work was no exception. The only tiny thing that disappointed me was that I could predict the twist in the plot.Published on 12 April 2014 by mysterioustraveller
I showed this 15 certificate film to a class of 15 and 16 year olds. They were shocked, scandalized and traumatised by the numerous, unnecessary sex scenes and sexual language. Read morePublished on 6 Mar. 2014 by M. Holland
This is a great film. Reese Witherspoon is brilliant in her role as a model student. Matthew Broderick's descent into misery is entertaining to watch as is Flick's meteoric rise... Read morePublished on 31 Jan. 2014 by Ade McCade