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.
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
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One of the most pleasurable aspects of the film is its total lack of sentimentality
High-school comedies became popular because the milieu was familiar to a large proportion of the film-going audience But the best examples of the genre in the 1980s and 1990s satirized not only the constant battle of the sexes, but other elements in American life The frequent struggles between jocks and nerds were a kind of microcosm of the class difference which is supposed not to exist in the United States
In "Election," one of the best examples of this popular genre, much of the humor is at the expense of the 'democratic' process The film's guiding insight is that in practice democracy reduces to a popularity contest, in which dirty tricks are the norm
Tracy is a Nebraskan high-school blonde who is brilliant and hard-working She is standing for election as student president Played by Reese Witherspoon, Tracy is bright and intolerant, eaten up by ambition and her ruthless determination to win She is regarded with disgust by a career teacher and student adviser, Jim McAllister, for her self-righteousness, and also for her role in the dismissal of his fellow teacher Dave after a sex scandal Jim encourages student football star Paul to stand against Tracy
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