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A high school student counsellor Jim McAllister (Matthew Broderick) decides to interfere in the student elections to stymie an overachieving student Tracy Flick (Reese Witherspoon). A satirical comedy.

The MTV film is not, as one might expect from its timing and trailers, as much a satire on the US political system as an exploration of certain human drives.

The determined Ms Flick is campaigning in her high school elections, encouraged by her ambitious mother (Colleen Camp).

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McAllister is offended by Tracy's egotistical scheming, partly because this Lolita was responsible for the downfall of a friend and fellow teacher.

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As the plot develops, McAllister and Tracy each appear to be bringing about their own downfalls -- the classic tragedy formula of characters brought down by a fatal flaw in their own characters.
These schoolyard films have less resonance for those of us who did not undergo an US American education. However, there are sufficient universal concerns to be accessible to the rest of the world.

The last moments of the film, with their reference to a contemporary political scandal have a nice kick.

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Due for Australian release Oct 7, 1999
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Reese Witherspoon also appears in Cruel Intentions
Matthew Broderick also appears in Addicted to Love, Godzilla,
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Title: Election (1999)
Written by: based on the novel by Tom Perrotta, screenplay by Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor
Directed by: Alexander Payne
Produced by: Albert Berger, Ron Yerxa, David Gale, Keith Samples
Edited by: Kevin Tent
Director of Photography: James Glennon
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The Players: Matthew Broderick, Reese Witherspoon
Official website: www.electionmovie.com
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