Election

Election

Director: Alexander Payne Cast: Matthew Broderick, Reese Witherspoon, Chris Klein
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Overview

Election

In this satirical comedy, a hotly contested high school election becomes a metaphor for the current state of American politics. Jim McAllister (Matthew Broderick) is a popular and well-respected instructor at George Washington Carver High School in Omaha, Nebraska, but lately he's been unhappy in both his personal and professional life, and his anxieties finally come to a head with the school's student elections. Tracy Flick (Reese Witherspoon) is running for student body president, and she certainly seems like the sort of girl who would win a high school election -- she's pretty, popular and takes part in all the right extra-curricular activities. In fact, she seems so perfect she's running unopposed, which offends McAllister's sense of democracy (not to mention the fact he doesn't like her very much). So Jim intervenes and persuades Paul Metzler (Chris Klein) to run against Tracy. Paul is not terribly bright and is entirely unqualified to be student president, but as a star of the school's football team (before a leg injury sidelined him), he's popular enough to at least give Tracy a run for her money. Just as the race begins to heat up, a spanner is truly thrown into the works when Paul's sister, Tammy (Jessica Campbell) announces she's also running for office. Publicly, Tammy's platform is that the student elections are ultimately pointless and if she's elected, she'll eliminate them altogether. Privately, Tammy is out for revenge against her brother; it seems Tammy is experimenting with her sexuality, and a recent fling with a bisexual classmate named Lisa (Frankie Ingrassia) ended when Lisa dumped her to start going out with Paul. Based on the novel by Tom Perrotta, Election was directed by Alexander Payne, who won enthusiastic reviews for his debut feature, Citizen Ruth; Payne also co-wrote the screenplay with Jim Taylor.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/20/2009
UPC: 0097361401942
Original Release: 1999
Rating: R
Source: Paramount
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 1:43:00
Sales rank: 92,399

Special Features

Audio Commentary by Director Alexander Payne

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Matthew Broderick Jim McAllister
Reese Witherspoon Tracy Flick
Chris Klein Paul Metzler
Jessica Campbell Tammy Metzler
Mark Harelik Dave Novotny
Phil Reeves Walt Hendricks
Molly Hagan Diane McAllister
Delaney Driscoll Linda Novotny
Colleen Camp Barbara Flick
Frankie Igrassia Lisa Flanagan
Matt Malloy Vice Principal Ron Bell
Jeanine Jackson Jo Metzler
Holmes Osborne Dick Metzler
Loren Nelson Custodian
Emily Martin Girl in Crisis
Jonathan Marion Classroom Student
Amy Falcone Classroom Student
Matt Justesen "Eat Me" Boy
Nick Kenny "Eat Me" Boy's Buddy
Brian Tobin Adult Video Actor
Christa Young Adult Video Actress
David Wenzel Tracy's Friend Eric
Joel Parks Jerry Slavin
Larry Kaiser Chemistry Teacher
Marilyn Tipp Carver Office Lady
Jeannie Brayman Faculty Ballot-Giver
Nick D'Agosto Larry Fouch
James Devney Motel Clerk
L. Carmen Novoa Spanish Teacher
Jason Paige Kid in Georgetown Hall
Matt Golden Kid in Georgetown Hall
Heather Koenig Kid in Georgetown Hall
Jillian Crane Jillian

Technical Credits
Alexander Payne Director,Screenwriter
Jon Ailetcher Sound/Sound Designer
Dondi Bastone Musical Direction/Supervision
Lisa Beach Casting
Albert Berger Producer
Jim Burke Co-producer
Wendy Chuck Costumes/Costume Designer
Renee Davenport Set Decoration/Design
David Gale Producer
James Glennon Cinematographer
Rolfe Kent Score Composer
T.K. Kirkpatrick Art Director
George Parra Asst. Director
Jacobus Rose Co-producer
Keith Samples Producer
Jane Ann Stewart Production Designer
Jim Taylor Screenwriter
Kevin Tent Editor
Van Toffler Executive Producer
Ron Yerxa Producer

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Election 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
childish and stupid in a funny way.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Broderick and Witherspoon deliver as two disturbed, obsessed individuals. When their paths cross, it leads to the moral and professional disintegration of Broderick's character.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is among the funniest and most informative political films ever made! You will not be disappointed by it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this movie was so funny! chris klienwas awesome. i thought the whole plot about this movie was that tracey was competing to beat paul in the election. she went physcho in the movie and ripped up all of paul's posters. i laughed histarically at that scene!
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