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Election [1999] [DVD]

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  • Actors: Matthew Broderick, Reese Witherspoon, Chris Klein, Jessica Campbell, Mark Harelik
  • Directors: Alexander Payne
  • Writers: Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor, Tom Perrotta
  • Producers: Albert Berger, David Gale, Jacobus Rose, Jim Burke
  • Format: Anamorphic, PAL
  • Language: English, German
  • Subtitles: English, German, Swedish, Turkish, Danish, Polish, Dutch, Finnish, Romanian, Bulgarian
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Dec. 2000
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000505GZ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,535 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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).

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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 Fetzer

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Not as good as I remembered it, may have confused with similar movies such as Rushmore, anyway it is okay and interesting from a cultural perspective, showing how much more america treats its young with a bit more respect, and do not conceal political reality and the real effects of politics and government. It is amusing in places, but also a little boring and silly and loses its way about half way through.
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Always a fan of Matthew Broderick . this film is no exception ,was not keen on some of the language in it (don't expect it from him) but a clever and witty script well acted and I think underrated.
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
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Tracey Flick (Reece Witherspoon) is a high flying and highly ambitious student at a Nebraskan high school. The film follows her campaign to become student-council president. Matthew Broderick plays the part of teacher, Jim McAllister, who loathes the ‘perfect’ Tracey and yet has an overwhelming desire for her. Giving in to his hatred of her, McAllister throws his professionalism aside and encourages a rather dim witted, but very popular jock, Paul Metzler (played by Chris Klein) to run against her whilst also doing his utmost to scupper Tracey’s chances by ‘fixing’ the vote count. Things get even more complicated when Paul’s sister Tammy, the school misfit, also decides to have a shot at the presidency.
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.
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"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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This wonderful comedy is set in a Nebraska high school during the student body elections. Over-achiever and seemingly perfect student Tracy (Reese Witherspoon) is running unopposed for the office of president. The student advisor is straight-arrow teacher Jim McAllister (Matthew Broderick) who's having a lot of trouble at home. He doesn't like the way Tracy always wins everything she goes after, so he decides to put up an unlikely candidate to run against her. During the campaign we learn that Tracy is not above damaging her opponent's chances. And Jim also proves less than honorable, both at home and in the school election.
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.
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