ELEC­TION (1999) ELEVEN, 8.30PM, M, COM­EDY

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - HIGHLIGHTS -

It’s not of­ten we get dished up a high-school com­edy de­void of fart jokes, in­fan­tile sex­ual in­nu­endo and al­co­hol abuse. More rea­son, then, to check out this re­fresh­ing yet dark satire about ruth­less am­bi­tion, jeal­ousy, re­venge and high­school pol­i­tics that pits Matthew Brod­er­ick’s good- na­tured, un­am­bi­tious teacher against Reese Wither­spoon’s oh-so-perky “pick me, pick me’’ stu­dent. It’s the re­lent­less am­bi­tion of Wither­spoon’s (be­low) over-achiever Tracy Flick and her un­chal­lenged run for stu­dent coun­cil pres­i­dent that lets loose some pent-up re­sent­ment in Brod­er­ick’s mild-man­nered teacher Jim McAlis­ter. You’re more likely to re­act with a wry smile than a whoop­ing laugh but, ei­ther way, Elec­tion sits quite com­fort­ably in poll po­si­tion. ★★★✩

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