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Election [Blu-ray] [Blu-ray] (2009)
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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.
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.
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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Worth paying for the upgrade I did from DVD - the transfer is fantastic, the film just as hilarious as I remembered!Published on June 11 2014 by Dylstar
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. Read morePublished on June 28 2006 by Amazon Customer
You're thinking, 'Matthew Broderick & Reese Witherspoon this ought to be a good movie.' WRONG. That's what I was thinking. Read morePublished on June 28 2004 by Easy E
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 morePublished on June 15 2004 by J. Jacobs
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). Read morePublished on June 12 2004
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... Read morePublished on May 26 2004 by FairiesWearBoots8272
I believe a teacher having sex with one of his students is considered a felony. In this film its a comedic plot. Read morePublished on Feb. 23 2004 by James E. Vancik
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 morePublished on Dec 28 2003 by Jennifer Litchfield
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 morePublished on Nov. 7 2003 by Michael Bolts