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In Alexander Payne’s devilishly funny satire of high school politics, Matthew Broderick and Reese Witherspoon face off in a vicious student body election that gets way out of hand. Election follows the adventures of overachieving control freak Tracy Flick, a straight-A-go-getter determined to be president of Carver High’s student body. Running unopposed, Tracy’s reign of political terror seems a forgone conclusion, until mild-mannered civics teacher Jim McAllister (Broderick), who has watched Hurricane Tracy’s campaign with queasy unease, decides to derail Tracy’s obsessive overachieving by convincing unassuming jock Paul Metzler (Chris Klein) to give the chirpy blonde a democratic run for the title. Of course, what Mr. McAllister never counted on is that stopping Tracy is like trying to put toothpaste back in the tube, and soon an all-out war for political control of Carver High has erupted, and it seems very likely that there will be more than a few casualties. A hilariously nasty, bitingly insightful dark comedy about American political corruption told through the lens of a seemingly-innocent high school election campaign, Election garnered writer/director Alexander Payne (Sideways, Nebraska) an Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay.