- Original title
- Running time
- 98 min.
- United States
Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor (Novel: Tom Perrotta)
Paramount Pictures / MTV Films / Bona Fide
Comedy | Satire. Politics. Schools & University
- Movie Groups
Tom Perrotta Adaptations
- Synopsis / Plot
- Reese Witherspoon plays Tracy Flick, a straight-A go-getter determined to be president of Carver Highs student body. Popular teacher Jim McAllister decides to derail Tracys obsessive overachieving by recruiting an opposition candidate. Mr. M. never imagines that stopping Tracy is like trying to put toothpaste back in the tube.
Citizen Ruth director Payne once again tackles political processes, this time within a public high school. Running for school president is perky overachiever Witherspoon; her nemesis here is Broderick, as a teacher (not a Bueller) who looks for ways to defeat her (including pressuring a dim jock into the race). No one in this scattershot satire is safe, with teacher-student sex, budding lesbianism, campaign politics and perfectionist parents among the dozens of targets. It's completely hilarious, and even when the viciousness is shocking, it rings very true. Witherspoon once again shines as the public school equivalent of Rushmore's Max, but it's Broderick who's the revelation, playing the most complex and adult (if not exactly grown-up) part of his career. Election may not have Rushmore's lethal dose of comedic poison, but it's a damn funny, scintillating slap at the forces of comformity, cheer and good fortune.
: Nominated for Oscar: Best Adapted Screenplay
: Nominated for Golden Globe: Best Actress of Comedy (Reese Witherspoon)
: National Board of Review: Reconocimiento Special
: New York Film Critics Circle: Best Screenplay
: Los Angeles Film Critics Association: New Generation Award. 2 Nominations
: Independent Spirit Awards: Best Film, Director & Screenplay. 5 Nominations
: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Best Adapted Screenplay
1999: Chicago Film Critics Awards: Nominated for Best Actress (Witherspoon)
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