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Jim McAllister (Matthew Broderick) is a popular teacher and student government adviser who loves making a difference in his students' lives. He's been named "Teacher of the Year" three times during his 12 years at George Washington Carver High, but he's about to put it all on the line-his reputation, his career - for a student election.

Tracy Flick (Reese Witherspoon) is the school's consummate overachiever, an alarmingly ambitious go-getter who treats high school as the first step in a lifelong career strategy. Busy with clubs, committees and school musicals, she is ready for her greatest glory - the student government presidency.

Getting elected should be a snap, since no one is running against her-no one, that is, until Jim decides that this human achievement machine must be stopped and recruits his own candidate for president, Paul Metzler (Chris Klein). A sidelined football hero whose enormous popularity threatens Tracy's chances, Paul is charmingly dimwitted and stupendously unfit for the job. The two-person contest gains another combatant when Paul's alienated younger sister, Tammy (Jessica Campbell), joins the race as an insurgent candidate who builds massive support for her crusade to abolish student government altogether.

As campaign fever sets in, the lines between right and wrong grow increasingly blurry and Jim's life, both in school and out, begins to spin out of control in this satirical comedy that takes an uncommon look at ambition, morality, desire, love and the lies we never cease telling ourselves.

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