A wickedly acerbic satire that turns the high school movie genre on its head. Jim McAllister (Matthew Broderick) is a high school teacher with conflicted feelings toward his wife, job, and star pupil. Reese Witherspoon is a force of nature as Tracy Flick, an ambitious schemer driven to win the school election. As are Citizen Ruth and About Schmidt, Election is set in Payne’s hometown of Omaha, where he leaves no character or personality unskewered. Adapted screenplay by Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor. 1999, U.S., color, 45mm, 103 minutes.