Election (1999)

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A high school teacher's personal life becomes complicated as he works with students during the school elections, particularly with an obsessive overachiever determined to become student body president.


  • Matthew Broderick
  • Reese Witherspoon
  • Chris Klein
  • Jessica Campbell
  • Mark Harelik
  • Phil Reeves
  • Molly Hagan
  • Delaney Driscoll
  • Colleen Camp
  • Frankie Ingrassia

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With Election, Payne announces himself as one of the keenest purveyors of the scattered pieces that once was an American morality.

Metacritic review by Wesley Morris
Wesley Morris
San Francisco Examiner

An invigoratingly mordant comedy that proves that Alexander Payne's rambunctious debut, Citizen Ruth, was no fluke.

Metacritic review by Jay Carr
Jay Carr
Boston Globe

Alexander Payne is a director whose satire is omnidirectional. He doesn't choose an easy target and march on it. He stands in the middle of his story and attacks on all directions.

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times