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Election [Blu-ray] [Blu-ray] (2009)

4.1 out of 5 stars 118 customer reviews

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  • Region: Region A/1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 118 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #190,012 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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This tart sexual and social comedy was rated "R" but I would rather teenagers get to see it than most of the PG-13 stuff out there. Matthew Broderick plays a well-respected social-studies teacher at a suburban high school. Reese Witherspoon plays the kind of student we remember none too fondly (we called ours "helium hands"): anytime a volunteer is needed, she is there. She heads every committee, takes every thankless chore, shows up in the yearbook more than anyone else--but does she have any friends?
It looks like la Witherspoon is a shoo-in for student government president but Broderick cannot stand dealing with this irritant any further. He decides to stop her. But how do you stop fate?
Election, by the way, is not only the process that decides who heads student government, but a term from calvinist theology dealing with the inevitability of human fate. The people behind this movie are very smart. And you'll feel very smart if you see this movie. The acting is fast and funny, the situations (like all good satire of this type) are just a little more contrived than we remember from real life, and the plot will have you hanging. A good time at the movies--pity it didn't do better in theaters, but perhaps "Election" will find its constituency in home video and DVD performances.
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ItÕs not easy watching a movie when you have such a hard time figuring out whom to hate and whom to love, right? Or wait a secondÑisnÕt this what life is pretty much like? YouÕll probably be reeling at first trying to side with someone in this brilliant gem of a movie. ThereÕs Tracy Flick of course, the annoying over-achiever. Then Mr. McAllister, the nice educator next door. Tammy the wicked lesbian. Paul the sweet, kind-hearted jockÑand heÕs about the only character youÕll feel the same about at the end of the movie as you did in the beginning. Complex and deep portaits are brought to life by a cast thatÕs as good as it gets (in my opinion, Matthew BroderickÕs finest performance yetÑas part of a cast that simply excels).
On the surface, the plot is simple enough: Tracy Flick wants to be student council president at her high school real bad, and no one else seems to even want to compete with her. Mr. McAllister, one of her teachers, resents Tracy for reasons of his own that will seem self-evident at first but are far murkier than the viewer may think at this time. So he convinces Paul Metzler, a true sweetheart of a jock, to run against Tracy. Paul's adopted sister, Tammy, starts a campaign of her own soon after, and to tell you why would be giving too much away. On the home front, Mr. M. is busy trying to start a family with his wife and lending a helping hand to their neighbor Linda, who just went through a nasty separation. What could be nicer? In the course of these rather commonplace events, the personalities as presented at the outset start to either unravel or fall into place in a wild emotional roller coaster ride.
YouÕll be coming back to this one and see new things every time you do. And youÕll continue to be startled, appalled, and touchedÑand of course, quite amused. If you like movies about real people and how complex they can be, donÕt pass on this one.
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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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Election, staring Reese Witherspoon and Matthew Broderick, is not your typical teen high school drama, but rather an interesting twist on a high school student government election. The predominant theme is mocking government and the election process by a high school election, which mirrors exaggerations of American political reality with a definite focus on many prevalent elements of the 1992 election. The movie also encompasses intergenerational political views, as well as, parallels to reality. Tracey Flick (Reese Witherspoon), who is running for Student Government President, exemplifies the typical high school overachiever so obsessed with perfection that she does not care what she does in her climb to the top. She has sexual relations with her teacher; he loses his job but she escapes unscathed. This illustration of the increase in acceptance of sexual freedom among younger generations is found is a reoccurring theme: lesbian relations and premarital sexual relations are portrayed as being acceptable among youth while sex leads to the downfall of each adult character who gets caught up in it. Tracey slanders classmates in her election speech (a typical political scheme to dig up "dirt"). While all this is taking place, there is a strong intergenerational conflict between Tracey and Mr. M. (Matthew Broderick). Mr. M. does not understand Tracey's overwhelming drive, inability to be satisfied, and disregard for hurting anyone in her way to the top. Conversely, Tracey does not understand how Mr. M. can be happy in a job where he knows that the people he is teaching will end up moving on to bigger and better things then himself. Mr. M. resents Tracy for the sexual affair that she had with the other teacher who was a friend of his.Read more ›
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