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Reviewed November 25th, 1999 by Staff


Election is a great little movie which should not be missed. Matthew Broderick stars as a teacher in a small-town school. Reese Witherspoon, who incidentally looks quite good in a tight sweater, plays Broderick’s nemesis: a kiss-up student who will stop at nothing on her road to world domination. The first step is the school election.

The plot moves ahead through a series of surprises that jar the audience to great effect. In order to avoid spoiling the film, your reviewer will just say that Broderick’s character commits the tragic sin of getting in the way Witherspoon’s character’s ambition. The teacher involves himself too much in the student election. Chaos, but not hokey chaos, insues.

Election is a refreshing change from typical mainstream movie fare. Any fan of Rushmore should check out this excellent little film.

The DVD looks quite good, in anamorphic widescreen. The settings are ordinary, so the anamorphic transfer calls little attention to itself. This is no Armageddon.

While not extraordinary, the 5.1 mix is also quite good. Atmospheric sounds are heard throughout the soundstage. Any additional surround effects would have been distracting.

The Election DVD includes an audio commentary from director Alexander Payne.


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