Monday, February 22, 2010

Election (1999)

This is an imperfect-but-creditable movie. Tracy Flick (Reese Witherspoon) is an ambitious high school student involved in numerous extracurricular activities. Since she doesn’t have time for a social life, she ends up in an affair with her married math teacher, causing him to be fired. Now she plans to run unopposed for class president. History teacher Jim McAllister (Matthew Broderick) is worried that once she wins, he will become susceptible to her wiles. He convinces a former football player to compete for the role.

The film is based on the 1998 novel by Tom Perrotta. The Celestine Prophecy is a 1993 novel by James Redfield which explores spiritual ideas based on ancient Eastern and New Age concepts. Over 20 million copies have been sold. The plot involves a manuscript written in 600 BC in the jungles of Peru in the Aramaic language. In the Spanish class near the end of the film, they are conjugating the verb perder, which means "to lose." There were not enough extras to fill the gym, so some are duplicated.

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