Movie #124 Election
(1999, US, d. Alexander Payne)
Election is a movie about dirty democracy, corrupt politics, morals vs ethics, and the dark personal agendas that can come to ruin our lives. Oh yeah, and it’s also a high school comedy. Payne’s dark satire manages to be a commentary on class division and the nasty over-achievers that you can’t do anything to but let them pass by. Payne manages to tell a hilarious and snarky comedy about Tracy Flick (Reese Witherspoon’s best performance to date), an overachieving high school student trying to get elected Class President. Most of the antagonism, from her perspective, comes from Matthew Broderick’s character of a high school teacher who is so annoyed by Tracy he tries to play the election to his own favor. The production design captures the feel of a Midwestern high school perfectly and the writing is so impeccable you can’t help but feel for every anti-hero depicted here. Here is a story that beyond everything knows its characters and is able to allow the audience to feel for every one of them, despite the high number of sub-plots this film contains. The debate of morality and ethics is well integrated into the story but all this is just an embellishment. The bottom line is: the movie is freaking hilarious, and you should go watch it.