Election

Election

DVD - 2017
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Perky, overachieving Tracy Flick gets on the nerves of history teacher Jim McAllister to begin with, but after she launches her campaign for high-school president and his personal life starts to fall apart, things spiral out of control.
Publisher: [New York, New York] : The Criterion Collection, [2017]
Edition: Special widescreen edition
Copyright Date: ℗1991
ISBN: 9781681433868
Characteristics: video file,DVD video
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2 videodiscs (103 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.

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Miller1114
May 11, 2018

Very entertaining but not a very good movie. Predictable. Annoying voice overs. The protagonist is more likable than the 'hero' of the story. The gratuitous sex scenes went on way too long. The molestation and rape of an underage girl were fodder for the audience. I wouldn't recommend this movie to my worst enemy.

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Janice21383
May 09, 2017

Now, how did this film foreshadow certain recent political developments? Election is the summary of every meaningless yet somehow also important election that ever was. Reese Witherspoon's best role, though these days she says she's bored talking about it. You can't afford to be tired of good roles, Reese.

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b_fetz
Feb 02, 2016

Everyone who doesn't like this movie is just wrong. This sharp and deeply funny portrait of a high school election and the efforts of a teacher to control the outcome is still Alexander Payne's best movie (he went on to make 'Sideways', 'About Schmidt', 'The Descendants', 'Nebraska', and others). Great performances by Reese Witherspoon, Matthew Broderick, and the entire cast. One of my all-time favorite movies.

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StarGladiator
Jan 30, 2016

Normally, I am uninterested in all political fiction, ascribing to politics as simply so much political theater of no importance, but really enjoyed this film and Witherspoon's performance. [Was a big Witherspoon fan from The Man in the Moon on, up until after her auto accident, when her personality and performance appears to have changed. Not a fan anymore, I'm afraid.]

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lukasevansherman
Feb 11, 2015

Not as clever or satiric as it thinks it is.

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VRMurphy
Dec 01, 2014

A nicely subversive slice of life. Very well-written and the cast plays it straight, a little over the line either way and it would be fluff or trash.

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TheEqualizer
Oct 11, 2013

Watching this film with those working in high schools, we all just shook our heads and said, "Yeah, I can see this happening." A great script, talented cast, and imaginative directorial touches throughout. For a guy due for a mid-life crisis, this movie will be a corrective; for an ambitious female teen, this movie will be a corruptor.

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HilarySquires
Sep 10, 2012

I liked this movie overall, but the language and sexual references were a bit much.

laustcawz Feb 26, 2012

joseph-- you'll be happy to know that "Election" got several nominations & won Best Feature at The Independent Spirit Awards for 1999.

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AlexMLW
Jan 02, 2010

Overflowing with razor-sharp wit and biting dialogue, Election is a delightfully twisted comedy that is heightened by Reese Witherspoon's pitch-perfect performance as the silently crazed Tracy Flick.

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nadian Jun 26, 2009

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

nadian Jun 26, 2009

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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laustcawz Jan 17, 2013

Tammy Metzler campaign speech: "Who cares about this stupid election??? We all know it doesn't matter who gets elected President of Carver. Do you really think it's gonna change anything around here--make one single person smarter, or happier, or nicer?? The only person it does matter to is the one who gets elected. The same pathetic charade happens every year & everyone makes the same pathetic promises, just so they can put it on their transcripts to get into college. So vote for me, 'cause I don't even want to go to college... & I don't care; & as President, I won't do anything. The only promise I will make is that, if elected, I will immediately dismantle the student government system, so that none of us will ever have to sit through one of these stupid assemblies again!!!!! ...or don't vote for me--who cares??!! Don't vote at all!!!!!" (massive applause & cheering for Tammy)

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