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NEW Broderick/witherspoon - Election (Blu-ray)
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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.
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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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
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
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
Election explores sensitive moral and ethical issues within the framework of a bawdy, dark comedic script. Read morePublished on Oct. 7 2003 by Paul S. Remington
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 morePublished on Aug. 22 2003 by LBC