p: reese witherspoon

Election [1999, Dir: Alexander Payne]

Matthew Broderick stars as a much respected and adored high school ethics teacher whose life spirals out of control during the build up to the election of the new Student Body President. Broderick is superb, as is Reese Witherspoon in her supporting role as irritating, overachieving student Tracey Flick, but it’s the film’s use of freeze-frames, voice-overs and strategically placed flashbacks that help bring Tom Perrotta’s 1998 novel of same name to life with such charm and wit. Alexander Payne, as far as I’m concerned, can do no wrong.