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The movie Election was based on the book Election: A Novel.

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Movie details for Election

The movie was released in 1999 and directed by Alexander Payne, who also directed About Schmidt (2002) and Sideways (2004). Election was produced by Paramount. More information on the movie is available on Amazon.com and also IMDb.

Actors on this movie include Matthew Broderick, Reese Witherspoon, Chris Klein, Jessica Campbell, Phil Reeves, Molly Hagan, Delaney Driscoll, Mark Harelik, Colleen Camp, Frankie Ingrassia, Joel Parks (III), Matt Malloy, Holmes Osborne, Jeanine Jackson, Loren Nelson, Emily Martin, Jonathan Marion, Amy Falcone, Matt Justesen and Nick Kenny (II).

 

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Matthew Broderick makes up for years of wet-noodle performances with his low-key but unsparing characterization of Jim McAllister, a high school teacher at George Washington Carver High School in Omaha, Nebraska. Driven by a strange mixture of loathing an... Read More
Matthew Broderick makes up for years of wet-noodle performances with his low-key but unsparing characterization of Jim McAllister, a high school teacher at George Washington Carver High School in Omaha, Nebraska. Driven by a strange mixture of loathing and lust for pathologically overachieving student Tracy Flick (Reese Witherspoon), McAllister encourages a dim but popular athlete, Paul (Chris Klein from American Pie), to run against her in the election for student-council president. Director-cowriter Alexander Payne (Citizen Ruth) turns this deceptively simple premise into a complex and scathing comedy of ambition, corruption, and desire, all at its most naked and petty. Every scene contains some painfully funny nuance that will make you wince in a mixture of astonishment and empathy. Witherspoon flips effortlessly back and forth from adolescent vulnerability to steely-eyed strength; she's becoming a contemporary Carole Lombard. The movie itself feels like a magnificent throwback to the richly layered comedies of the '30s, which drew their humor from sharply drawn characters and twisting plots instead of explosions of bodily fluids. With a wealth of smart, cutting details, Election rewards multiple viewing. --Bret Fetzer

Book details for Election: A Novel

Election: A Novel was written by Tom Perrotta. The book was published in 1998 by St. Martin's Press, New York. More information on the book is available on Amazon.com.

Tom Perrotta also wrote Little Children (2004).

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