Blu-Ray Review: Election

Blu-Ray Review: Election....

Paramount Home Entertainment/ 1999/ 103 min./ R

Release Date: January 20, 2009
Format: Blu-Ray
Price: $29.99


Election starring Matthew Broderick, Reese Witherspoon and Chris Klein is an cute fun little film about a student government election taking place at George Washington Carver High School.

Tracy Flick (Witherspoon) is a straight A straight edge kid who is running for student body president. Matthew Broderick plays a teacher, Mr. McAllister, who is the antagonist for Tracy’s run for presidency. Broderick’s character endorses school jock Paul Metzler (Klein) to run for president against Flick.

Due to Paul’s popularity throughout the school he immediately poses a strong threat to Tracy’s smarts but will it be enough?

The acting in the film left something to be desired specifically the role played by Broderick, which felt too much like a bad impression rather than a true character. Overall the film was a decent take but I cannot describe it much more than cute.

The lack of any special features other than a brief audio commentary was disappointing. The blu-ray format and 1080p HD looked good even though this film would probably look as good on DVD as well. The audio format sounded great in 5.0 Dolby TrueHD.

The following is information provided to ChatterShmatter by the distributor.

Romantic Comedy

Matthew Broderick, Reese Witherspoon, Chris Klein

Alexander Payne

Plot Synopsis:
Reese Witherspoon (Legally Blonde) is Tracy Flick, a straight “A” go-getter who’s determined to be president of Carver High’s student body. But when popular teacher Jim McAllister (Matthew Broderick, The Producers) observes the zealous political locomotive that is Tracy, he decides to derail her obsessing overachieving by recruiting an opposition candidate (Chris Klein, American Pie) – with disasterous results! Here’s a smart, witty abd hilarious jab at high school politics helmed by award winning director Alexander Payne (Sideways).

Special Features:
• Audio Commentary by Director Alexander Payne

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