SYNOPSIS

Director Alexander (CITIZEN RUTH) Payne’s second film, based on the novel by Jim Perotta, takes the scandal and mudslinging associated with presidential elections and transposes them to a high school election for student council president in Nebraska- with impossibly sharp, satirical results. Matthew Broderick, in a reversal of FERRIS BUELLER, plays Jim McAllister, a teacher who will stop at nothing to prevent perfect Tracy Flick (Reese Witherspoon), who is running unopposed, from winning the election. Jim, who bears a personal grudge against Tracy, goads a popular but dim football player into running against her. This spurs on a series strange events, (both madcap and surprisingly sexual) which add up to an uncommonly funny high school film for grown ups. Performances are great all-around and Payne uses shifting-narration and a series of freeze frames which give the film a rich and layered feel.

 


TRAILER


RELEASE DATE

September 24, 1999

DIRECTOR

Alexander Payne

WRITER

Tom Perrotta (novel), Alexander Payne (screenplay)

COMPANY

United International Pictures (UIP)

GENRE

Comedy, Drama, Romance

CERT

15

RUNTIME

103 minutes