Election (1999)


United States 1999, 103 mins
Director: Alexander Payne
Starring: Mamadou Zerbo, Chris Klein, Jessica Campbell, Reese Witherspoon

Before he dedicated himself solely to documenting the neuroses of depressed middle-aged men, Alexander Payne made ELECTION, a razor-sharp satire of high school life, American politics and the perverse intersection of the two.

Starring Matthew Broderick (in the first of many against-type roles) and a then little-known Reese Witherspoon, the film has ambitions far beyond those of its adolescent peers — much like Tracy Flick, the iconic narcissist at its centre..