Reese Witherspoon plays Tracy Flick, a straight-A go-getter determined to be president of Carver High's student body. Popular teacher Jim McAlister (Matthew Broderick) decides to derail Tracy's obsessive overachieving by recruiting an opposition candidate. Mr. M never imagines that stopping Tracy is like trying to put toothpaste back in the tube.
A hilarious satire.
- Election review by Shatner's Bassoon
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Tracy Flick is a seemingly perfect overachieving student who is running unopposed for the position of high school student president in the upcoming student government election. The school's student adviser and history teacher Jim McAllister has witnessed the darker side of Tracy's personality, beneath Tracy's goody two shoes veneer he's seen an obsessive, manic and manipulative self-obsessed go getter that will go to any lengths to get what she wants and he knows her dark secret which led to his best friend being fired from teaching at the school. Irritated that an unopposed Tracy will win the election by default, he decides to throw a spanner into the works and organises some competition by manipulating Paul Metzler, the schools highly popular, though dumb, quarterback hero into running against her. However when Paul upsets his younger sister Tammy, she too decides to throw her hat in the ring and the election soon backfires into a dangerous farce which ends up putting careers and reputations on the line. Election is one of those rare films that manages to do everything exceptionally well. It has a great cast, great direction and a smart, stinging and dark storyline that hooks you in from start to finish. If you enjoyed films like 'Office Space', 'Pretty Persuasion' and 'Mean Girls' then 'Election' is highly recommended.