Election
Election (1999)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: October 19, 1999
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92%
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79%



Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Election successfully combines dark humor and intelligent writing in this very witty and enjoyable film.

Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader

The treatment of this touchy material is impressive, neither gratuitous nor mincing, but this 1999 satirical comedy doesn't really go anywhere.

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Jay Carr
Boston Globe

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.

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Sean Axmaker
Turner Classic Movies Online

Payne and Taylor are equal opportunity satirists and their sly wit dismantles everything from high school culture to suburban complacency.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

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.

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Derek Elley
Variety

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.

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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

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).

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Ted Anthony
Associated Press

Election at first has the feel of a simple work. But don't let that fool you; it's a complex, deep tale.

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Time Out

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.

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Kelly Kessler
Common Sense Media

Dark high school comedy is best for older teens.

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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
A seriously witless, humorless comedy that wants to play with the ideas of morality and ethics but is clearly lost about where it wants to go, and the fact that… More
Nicki Marie
Definitely one of Reese Witherspoon's best roles. She is perfect for the part of overachiever, Tracey Flick. I have to admit to a certain fondness for… More
Chris Weber
*Sigh* If only more high school films could be of the same quality as this. Calling it a "high school" film though, is a litle tricky, as that terms… More
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'Election'. Darkly funny and a witty high school comedy not like the norm. Reese Witherspoon is wonderful, as a ruthless, annoyingly cheerful high… More
Lucas Martins
Terrific!
Alex roy
Election is a fairly good comedy with a good cast of actors. Now, let me get this out of the way, I'm not the biggest fan of Matthew Broderick, but when he… More

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