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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 obsessive overachieving by recruiting an opposition candidate (Chris Klein, American Pie) - with disastrous results! Here's a smart, witty and hilarious jab at high school politics helmed by award-winning director Alexander Payne (Sideways).
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 104
- Fresh: 96
- Rotten: 8
- Average Rating: 7.8/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: The screenplay, by Payne and Jim Taylor, delights!
Fresh: A dark, insidiously funny satire on the self-involved ways otherwise rational people can allow narrow personal agendas to lead them astray to the point of self-destruction.
Fresh: Reese Witherspoon is proving to be one of the most versatile actresses of her generation.
I really want this movie to have the option of RENTING! Pretty please Itunes...
A Dark Comedy with a Polticial Twist
The film itself had a strange plot to it, if you ask me. It reflects upon the story of Tracy Flick, a highly ambitious high school senior, who strives to be the best, decides to run for class president. However, we learn that Tracy has had a past, in which she chooses not to speak of, and makes sure to keep it behind herself, in which she portays an uptight, arrogant ego throughout the movie. Then, there's Matthew Broderick's character, a happy, successful Social Studies teacher, who is rather annoyed, and frusterated with Tracy's bickering with wanting to be the best, and most successful, who fears Tracy of running for her class. The film really shows you how life can get you if you strive to live a successful life, and how some lives can be ruined and destroyed if you don't have the right kind of common sense.
This movie I thought was very shallow. Reese does her normal job of acting in her role but the characters were all kind of ditzy. I really did not enjoy it at all!