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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,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The treatment of this touchy material is impressive, neither gratuitous nor mincing, but this 1999 satirical comedy doesn't really go anywhere."
‑ Lisa Alspector, Chicago Reader
"You've got to laugh at Witherspoon's tightly wound Little Miss Perfect, rising at dawn to do her hair and encase herself in a preppy look before baking cupcakes to pass out at school as vote-getters in her campaign for student council president."
‑ Jay Carr, Boston Globe
"Payne and Taylor are equal opportunity satirists and their sly wit dismantles everything from high school culture to suburban complacency."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Turner Classic Movies Online
"Surprise! An intelligent, well-written high school story that offers some real ideas to chew on, rather than simply wallowing in nubile flesh."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Maybe its only real fault is that it's a little too close to the truth to be as funny as it could be."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"An instant classic, Alexander Payne's 1999 high school comedy seems even more scathing now that we're losing control of our own election machinery."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"A dark, insidiously funny satire on the self-involved ways otherwise rational people can allow narrow personal agendas to lead them astray to the point of self-destruction."
‑ Derek Elley, Variety
"This clever, biting high-school satire is arguably Alexander Payne's most original and accomplished film (and so far he has made only good pictures)."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Took the sleaze of the teen comedy and spun it into something that's both hugely entertaining and extremely insightful."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Movie Views
"[A] wicked, carnal comedy."
‑ Mark Halverson, Sacramento News & Review
"Election at first has the feel of a simple work. But don't let that fool you; it's a complex, deep tale."
‑ Ted Anthony, Associated Press
"This remarkable film may be set in high school, but its satiric take on moral corruption, political chicanery, adultery and seduction is anything but juvenile."
‑ , Time Out
"Dark high school comedy is best for older teens."
‑ Kelly Kessler, Common Sense Media
"A funny and horrifying allegory of American politics and adult society, as seen through the prism--or shall we say "prison"?--that is secondary education. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"The script, based on a Tom Perrotta novel, is tight and elegant."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
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