Movie Stats & Links
||Matthew Broderick, Reese Witherspoon, Chris
Klein, Jessica Campbell
||Don't even think about it.
||Sure, bring her along.
||Some, but nothing gratuitous. More talk than
||Chuckles and gut-busters usually caused by
character lines totally unexpected.
||Anytime Reese changes facial expression.
||A couple. One by Tammy Metzler, "Sometimes, when
I'm sad, I sit and watch the power station."
Another by Paul Metzler, "I really was surprised
when Lisa Flannigan asked me for a ride home and
then began blowing me."
||Albert Berger, Ron Yerxa, David Gale, Keith
Ahhh, high school.. Where kids learn
about growing up, sometimes get laid, play sports, get
involved in extracurricular activities, and just want to get
the hell out of there. The groups are always the same, the
teachers are always the same, but nowhere could I have
imagined a run for student government president as came out
in the movie "Election."
A Movie Review
"Election" tells the story of Tracy Flick (Reese
Witherspoon), the always with the right answer, always
involved in drama, yearbook, government, and any other
student organization as long as she is usually the head
honcho, and the always is the most known student in high
school but not the most popular. It is finally her senior
year and her dream is about to come true - President of
student government. Enter Jim McAllister (Matthew
Broderick), the bestest teacher in the school, the one
everyone goes to with their problems, the one always there
grooming the youngins for adult life, and the one who
finally gets sick of miss goody-to-shoes Tracy. He can't
stand that Tracy is running unopposed for President and
decides that she needs to lose, and who better to lose
against than Mr. Popularity - Paul Metzler (Chris Klein).
So, teacher Jim convinces Paul to run, and all is well until
Paul ends up with his sister's girlfriend (or wishes she was
her girlfriend), so Tammy Metzler (Jessica Campbell) figures
she can get back at Paul by running for President too.
Sounds a little confusing, huh? Well, it's not, and throw
in some comical sidelines of teacher Jim's screwed-up life
at home and you get an adult comedy that won't be seen by
many people because it's kinda artsy, kinda stuck in only a
few theaters, but had me laughing and really enjoying the
performance by Reese (her ability to switch facial
expressions from concerned to cheery to totally pissed-off
to pleased to a vindictive bitch is most excellent), by
Broderick (he's so much better playing the confused
character rather than the hero), and by Campbell (she's
great as the lesbian high-schooler who is the loner yet
finds her place should really be at the catholic school for
girls and does everything she can to get there). A lot of
dry humor, some out-right laugher spots, and a twisted look
at how lives can become unmanageable in just one day.
Leave the kids at home for this one, it's definitely for
the older crowd able to reflect back on their own twisted
high school lives. Too adult and you might be offended, too
young and you might not be able to relate yet.
It's 4 stars out of 5 for "Election." It made me laugh,
made a lot of the audience laugh, and the two ladies leaving
the theater next to me said it was pretty good, too.
That's it for this one! I'm The Dude on the Right!!