Election is a funny and witty comedy starring Mathew Broderick and Reese Witherspoon. Witherspoon plays a senior in high school who is determined to become school president and will do anything to get that position. On the other hand, there is Broderick, who, though the school's best teacher, despises the girl because she had an affair with his friend and got him fired. He suggests that a popular ex-football star run against her, and the race is on.
The acting is great. Witherspoon and Broderick both give great performances (and, ironically enough, Broderick has hit the point in his life where, instead of playing a Ferris-type character, he is the teacher). Election isn't only a comedy but a soaped drama, which gives them a chance to deliver some good lines.
But what really is fascinating about Election is the direction. Election uses flashbacks, freeze frames, voice overs, and other little tricks to give it an original feel. One of the funniest parts is where Broderick is making love to his wife and he starts envisioning another woman's face on the back of his wife's head, and then, eventually, Witherspoon's character. That brings me to the next point. Election is crude. There's lots of sex, sex-related dialogue, and so forth that probably will offend parents of younger kids.
Election is a great comedy that shouldn't be overlooked, despite its performance in the theaters.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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