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Review written by: Alex Sandell
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What's the story?
Tracy Flick (Reese Witherspoon), an ambitious overachiever in today's hyper-competitive teenage world, decides to run for school government president (hoping a victory would turn out to be the ultimate stepping stone into the perfect college she desires and the ultra-successful adult world that she dreams of) and goes after the 150 signatures she needs to become a nominee. It looks like clean sailing for Tracy, who is running unopposed, until Jim McAllister (Matthew Broderick), a well-respected teacher and student government adviser, decides to put his neck on the line and hopefully stop Tracy's inevitable victory by recruiting his own candidate, Paul Metzler (Chris Klein), the high school's unbelievably popular, although kind of moronic, football hero. Things become even more complicated when Paul's lesbian sister, Tammy (Jessica Campbell) decides to go up against Paul and Tracy, hoping to get revenge on her ex-girlfriend, Lisa (Frankie Ingrassia), who started dating Paul after deciding she wasn't a "dyke," after-all. From there, we have an all out war, lots of blowjobs, a brief love affair, loads of deception, and a ton of fun. Ah . . . to be 18 again.
So how is it? (Get to the point, already)
After a long string of really horrid "teenage" movies ("Urban Legend," "I Still Know What You Did About 17 Summers Ago," "Varsity Blues," etc.) this movie is like a breath of fresh vomit-concealer after the sickly teenager gets done throwing up all over the janitor's freshly waxed floors. In other words, it's a lot better than the puke everyone else has been spitting out, lately. As a matter of fact, this is one of the funniest comedies in years, and the best teen flick in nearly a decade!
Writer/Director, Alexander Payne has written a screenplay that is acutely aware of the way high school politics work. He has directed a movie that is gleefully evil, painfully hilarious and fabulously tragic. Nothing is held back, and the actors (particularly Reese Witherspoon, who, at 23 years old, plays the part of an overly determined teenager more convincingly than anyone who has ever gone before her) bring his cutting social satire to life with a perverted sense of joy.
This film is so perfect at accomplishing exactly what it set out to do (which is basically to have you laughing your ass off in fits of recognition), that it's hard to believe it came out of MTV Productions (the same idiots behind the vile, "Varsity Blues"). It's actually fairly hard to believe it came out of Hollywood's studio system, at all. The razor sharp humor and scathing attitude that ooze off of the screen seem more like something that should have been born from an independent and revealed to the world at Cannes. Yet, it came from MTV and Paramount, and should be playing in a theater near you, soon. Don't miss it.
With the 1990's opening with the teen classic "Pump Up The Volume," and closing with the exceptionally well done "Election," this didn't turn out to be such a bad decade for pimply-faced adolescents, after-all, even if John Hughes did give up on them. Long live teen-angst!
What does it make you feel like eating?
Apples, bananas and coke.
What are you selling us here???
Pepsi and Coke both have very funny product placements, and there's some Sony headphones shown briefly.
If it won an Oscar, what would it be?
"Best teen flick since the average teen was about 7 or 8 years old" - Election
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