Release Date: May 7th, 1999

DVD Release Date: October 19th, 1999

R |1 hr 43 min

Plot Summary

Jim McAllister (Matthew Broderick), a well-liked high school government teacher, can't help but notice that successful student Tracy Flick (Reese Witherspoon) uses less than ethical tactics to get what she wants. When Tracy runs for school president, Jim feels that she will be a poor influence on the student body and convinces Paul, a dim-witted but popular student athlete, to run against Tracy. When she becomes aware of Jim's secret involvement in the race, a bitter feud is sparked.

Cast: Matthew Broderick, Reese Witherspoon, Chris Klein, Jessica Campbell, Mark Harelik, Phil Reeves, Molly Hagan, Delaney Driscoll

Director: Alexander Payne

Genres: Comedy

Production Co: Paramount Pictures, Bona Fide Productions, MTV Films

Distributors: MTV Productions, Paramount Pictures

Keywords: Revenge, Wife, Sister, Forbidden love, 1990s, New York City, Witty, Quest, Emotional, Rivalry

Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Alexander Payne is a director whose satire is omnidirectional. He doesn't choose an easy target and march on it. He stands in the middle of his story and attacks on all directions. show more

  • 100
    Wesley MorrisSan Francisco Examiner

    With Election, Payne announces himself as one of the keenest purveyors of the scattered pieces that once was an American morality. show more

  • 100
    Jay CarrBoston Globe

    An invigoratingly mordant comedy that proves that Alexander Payne's rambunctious debut, "Citizen Ruth," was no fluke. show more

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Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Nominated Writing (Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published)