Election 

An instant classic, Alexander Payne's 1999 high school comedy seems even more scathing now that we're losing control of our own election machinery. Reese Witherspoon was born to play Tracy Flick, a frighteningly perky overachiever whose obsessive campaign to become student council president touches a nerve in her devoted civics teacher (Matthew Broderick). Angered by her recent seduction of a fellow teacher, he recruits a popular student athlete (Chris Klein) to run against her, and the buried sexual politics make for a particularly knotty satire of modern morality. Payne has since turned his hand to more overtly serious stories (About Schmidt, Sideways), but this second feature, adapted from a novel by Tom Perrotta, pulses with anger. R, 103 min. Screening as part of a weekly revival series; admission is free, but preregistration is required at www.enjoytheshow.com/favorites. Thu 9/15, 8 PM, 600 N. Michigan.

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by J.R. Jones

Agenda Teaser

Performing Arts
Krampus! Underground Wonder Bar
October 31
Galleries & Museums
Tseng Kwong Chi: Performing for the Camera Northwestern University Block Museum of Art
September 17

Tabbed Event Search

Popular Stories

Follow Us

Sign up for newsletters »

 Early Warnings
 Food & Drink
 Reader Recommends
 Reader Events and Offers