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NEW Broderick/witherspoon - Election (Blu-ray)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Wickedly funny black comedy. June 28 2006
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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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 admired/envied in high school. He's very likeable 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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5.0 out of 5 stars The best of 99. June 12 2004
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Only Fight Club came close to this movie when it comes to the best of 99. (Which had lots of great movies. Sadly one of my least favorites of 99 won Best Picture). But really, I love this movie. It reminds me of all those great days in high school (including rumors of a teacher sleeping with a student). The thing I loved the most was the location shooting. It didn't have that Hollywood feel; instead it had a mid-western look. The houses, the hotel, the Wallgreens, the school; nothing looked out of place for Nebraska.
But that's not the only thing to love. The acting is great all around. Even Chris Kline (who went on to star in masterpieces like "Rollerball") pulls off a good performance. However the real ace is Reese Witherspoon. She pulls of a perfect performance. It's a shame she's stuck in those silly Legally Blonde movies now; she can do so much better. Plus I loved Jessica Campbell. She reminds of the girl who broke my heart in high school.
The plotting is air tight. There is not one unneccesary scene and the film moves along briskly. The story is funny. The ending is great. I haven't read the book yet, but I plan to visit the Library to get it someday. Very, very highly recommended.
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Don't be deceived by the MTV logo on the box. Election is no ordinary high school movie. It is so far removed from the typical "teen movie" that it's sure be viewed with hostility from fans of those dreadfully stereotypical movies. What Election is, however, is a sharp, hilarious, on-target satire of high school life from the point of view of both the students and the teachers. Probably more so from the teachers' point of view, as the film focuses on Jim McAllister, played to perfection by Matthew Broderick as a man so stuck in the routine his daily life that director Alexander Payne visually compares him to a caged rat. He is a popular teacher who really desires to help his students, but is overcome by his spite for over-achieving student Tracy Flick. Reese Witherspoon (possibly giving the best performance of her career) has created a truly memorable character with Tracy Flick. Everybody knows someone like her, and is either irritated by her or exactly the same as her. Witherspoon's luminous performance is the heart of the film.
The story is pretty simple and revolves around Mr. McAllister's contempt for Tracy which leads him to attempt to sabotage her chances of being class president. The real meat of the film, however, is the characterization. Director Payne gets us deep into the minds of the characters, and lets us know their innermost thoughts, desires and regrets. Typical teen and high school movies rarely have characters this deep and fleshed out. Election is essentially a character study in which we see three or four main characters deal with issues of morality and conduct. Jim McAllister is dissatisfied with his job and his marriage, Tracy Flick is dissatisfied with her obsessiveness and ambition.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Immoral Garbage
You're thinking, 'Matthew Broderick & Reese Witherspoon this ought to be a good movie.' WRONG. That's what I was thinking. Read more
Published on June 28 2004 by Eric Fournier
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
This movie does an amazing job of incorporating the points of view of several different characters, allowing viewers to both laugh at and feel for their perspectives and... Read more
Published on June 15 2004 by J. Jacobs
4.0 out of 5 stars Highschool student-teacher sex is funny?
I believe a teacher having sex with one of his students is considered a felony. In this film its a comedic plot. Read more
Published on Feb. 23 2004 by James E. Vancik
3.0 out of 5 stars "What's the difference between morals and ethics?"
Election is a very difficult movie to classify and review. With staple actors from the teen pulp genre, like Reese Witherspoon and Chris Klein, it would be easy to write it off as... Read more
Published on Dec 28 2003 by Jennifer Litchfield
4.0 out of 5 stars one of Broderick's best
Broderick is in one of his best roles as Jim McAllister, a teacher whose life was grand and his career was fine but then it went all down hill. Read more
Published on Nov. 7 2003 by Michael Bolts
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent film not geared for the entire family
Election explores sensitive moral and ethical issues within the framework of a bawdy, dark comedic script. Read more
Published on Oct. 7 2003 by Paul S. Remington
5.0 out of 5 stars Faboulous satire
Reese Witherspoon plays Tracy Flick, a highschool student that is determined to win the pesidency over the student body and will do most anything to do so. Read more
Published on Aug. 22 2003 by LBC
3.0 out of 5 stars Er...
It could've been better without all of the sexually charged humor. No doubt, this is a very funny movie, but the sexual jokes just make you wince and try to stick it out until the... Read more
Published on July 5 2003
1.0 out of 5 stars freak show
Maybe the last half makes up for the first half: I could only watch for 45 minutes. It's sophomorically prurient. A production of MTV - I should have known.
Published on June 16 2003
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