Alexander Payne's hilarious, cynical satire which reached cult-status after being released on DVD. His second film (Payne would go on to direct Sideways and The Descendants), adapted from Tom Perrotta's novel about a high-school student-body election. Starring Matthew Broderick and Reese Witherspoon.... More
Roger Ebert put it well: "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."
The multi-character tale centres on a battle between despicably ambitious student Tracey Flick (Witherspoon), gunning to win the school election, and teacher Jim McAllister (Broderick), intent on stopping her. Through this conflict brews a wicked battle of small scale politics, deception, and failed morality.Hide