A clever script and solid performances lead to a wickedly funny film.Jim McCallister (Matthew Borderick) is having a sort of crisis. He's a high school teacher, and while he doesn't necessarily love what he does, he's content where he is.
Tracy Flick (Reese Witherspoon) changes all that.
Flick is the kind of girl most students (and not a few teachers) don't like. She's exceedingly perky and driven. She sets her sights on student (council? government?) president and campaigns like it's going out of style, despite the fact that she's running unopposed for the spot.
Until, of course, McCallister intervenes.
McCallister has his own reasons for not liking Tracy (I'll let you watch the film to get those), so he convinces a high school jock named Paul Metzler (Chris Klein) to run against her. This doesn't set well with jock-boy's sister, Tammy (Jessica Campbell), a young lesbian whose would-be girlfriend has dumped her to give blowjobs to her brother and run his campaign.
Oh what a tangled web.
McCallister sits back and lets things unfold while he contemplates an affair with the wife of an old colleague, and Tracy hatches plots to insure victory.
Election is probably the best film I've seen in a while. It's laugh out loud funny at times (the sight of Broderick scrubbing his crotch in a hotel room shower is a hoot), and the humor is dark in all the right places. As for the performances, there's not really anything negative to say about any of them.
Reese Witherspoon is not an actress I normally like. But her portrayal of Tracy Flick is classic. She sets her jaw and just gets that wild look in her eye, and you just start to giggle. You can't help it. Klein has the dumb jock thing down pat, and I found Campbell to be a right cutie, braces and all.
But Broderick steals the show.
This is Matthew Broderick's best film role since Ferris Bueller's Day Off. It's kind of ironic that the guy who played the king of the slackers turns his next best role as a teacher, but hey, that's what makes the performance that much sweeter. It's a winning performance.
The script (from director Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor, based on Tom Perotta's novel) is a treat. Hard to believe this flick was released under the MTV productions banner.Smart and funny, and a must see for Broderick and Witherspoon fans.