Time: 103 mins.
Genre: Dark Comedy
Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay.
ELECTION is a comedy not everyone will find funny. It's a film that showcases its' characters inner ugliness and uses it to make you laugh. These characters are so human, they're almost completely unlikable. The main characters in this film are a civics teacher and an overacheiving student. Both are seen on the outside as happy, thoughtful, decent individuals. But that's merely a facade. When cornered their true natures come out. What makes this movie even more fun is the casting of Matthew Broderick, who finally gets to show some depth, and Reese Witherspoon, who gets to show her comic chops. They play their roles perfectly Broderick as Mr. McAllister, a teacher tired of a life he thought he loved and Witherspoon as Tracy Flick, the happy-go-lucky senior who refuses to be anything but number one. Seeing her always getting exactly what she wants causes him to snap and start a secret war to ruin her dreams of becoming Student Council President.
It's not that he hates Tracy. She's the perfect student. At least that's the image she's projecting. He hopes she'll get brought down a peg when her affair with his best friend, another teacher, is discovered, but that's not meant to be. His friend's life is ruined, she comes out smelling like roses without even a hint of remorse for turning him in. When it becomes apparent that he's going to be spending alot more time with Tracy once she wins the student council election, Mr. McAllister decides to do something about it. He just can't deal with her overabundant school spirit and incessant ideas. To make the election more interesting, he encourages Paul (Klein), a popular jock who's injured to run against her. It's an idea out of left-field for Paul, but once he wraps his uncomplicated mind around the concept, he decides to join the race. Tracy is incensed. Though she's a model student, she's nowhere near as popular as Paul. Of course, she puts on a happy face, telling herself she'll just have to campaign harder.