A high school teacher's personal life becomes complicated as he works with students during the school elections, particularly with an obsessive overachiever determined to become student body president.

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Storyline

Tracy Flick is running unopposed for this year's high school student election. But school civics teacher Jim McAllister has a different plan. Partly to establish a more democratic election, and partly to satisfy some deep personal anger toward Tracy, Jim talks popular varsity football player Paul Metzler to run for president as well. Chaos ensues. Written by R. P. Falvey <falvey@scf.usc.edu>

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Reading, Writing, Revenge.

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Rated R for strong sexuality, sex-related dialogue and language, and a scene of drug use | See all certifications »

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7 May 1999 (USA)  »

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Eleição  »

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Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$119,080 (USA) (23 April 1999)

Gross:

£168,090 (UK) (1 October 1999)
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The source novel by Tom Perrotta is a reworking of Budd Schulberg's 1941 novel "What Makes Sammy Run?" In Schulberg's novel, an older writer (Al Manheim) watches young Sammy Glick rise through the ranks of New York journalism and the Old Hollywood studio system. In "Election," Al Manheim is replaced by Jim McAllister and Sammy Glick by Tracy Flick. See more »

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Tracy's hair after she receives her yearbook. When she gets her yearbook, her hair is curled up at the bottom. But when she is shown outside of school a few moments later, her hair is barely curled at all. See more »

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[last lines]
Jim McAllister: [to a group of schoolchildren in the museum, asking a question phrased the same way as the one in his moral and ethics lesson at the start of the film] So would that make this an igneous rock or a sedimentary rock? What's the difference between igneous and sedimentary anyway?
[a precocious little girl sticks her hand up intently, just like Tracy used to. Obviously reminded of this, he ignores her and looks to the others, but none of them respond. The screen cuts to black]
Jim McAllister: Anybody?
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The end titles include four "The producers wish to thank the following:" cards, one "Very Special Thanks to:" card, and one "Extra Very Special Thanks to:" card. See more »


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Only God Knows
Written by Scott Bricklin and Brian Bricklin
Performed by Martin's Dam
Courtesy of Hybrid Recordings
By arrangemnt with Hybrid Recordings and Sire Records Group
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An outstanding satire
1 February 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

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I'm not generally a fan of excessive voice-over and quirky, stylised direction but here it's all done so well. It seems to suffer from that classic "this film didn't make sense" style of review, but it clearly does. A wonderful script with a great mix of slapstick and intelligent comedy and winning performances from Broderick, a brilliant Reese Witherspoon and the normally hapless Chris Klein.

And, yes, it has sex in it. It's hardly titillating and is always completely relevant to the plot. But if you simply hate seeing sex (not nudity, of which there is very little) in films then you won't like it.

It beats Rushmore to the 'best film set in a high school' award.


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