Election [1999]

Director: Alexander Payne
Stars: Matthew Broderick, Reese Witherspoon, Chris Klein, Jessica Campbell, Mark Harelik
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Rating: R (Restricted)
Runtime: 103 minutes

The election coverage that wouldn't end is recapped in this production by CNN, and hearing about the fiasco in Florida is somehow not as grim an experience as one might expect. A number of faces familiar to CNN viewers (including Judy Woodruff, Bernard Shaw, Bill Schneider, Jeff Greenfield, Candy Crowley, and Larry King) share their memories of events, and enough behind-the-scenes material is included to ensure that the program is more than just a review of what news junkies have already seen. Everyone in the country had an opinion about who was trying to steal the election, and viewing some of the coverage as it appeared will surely revive some bitter emotions. And, it's too bad, America, but there's no way to avoid use of the word "chad." This production is essentially instant history, and the review of Florida ballots by journalists was far from complete when the program was assembled, so no attempt is made to offer a definitive explanation of what happened in Florida. And though it surely contains something to infuriate everyone, this is a good one-hour review of the 36-day debacle that riveted America. --Robert J. McNamara

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Tracy Flick:
Dear Lord Jesus, I do not often speak with you and ask for things, but now, I really must insist that you help me win the election tomorrow because I deserve it and Paul Metzler doesn't, as you well know. I realize that it was your divine hand that disqualified Tammy Metzler and now I'm asking that you go that one last mile and make sure to put me in office where I belong so that I may carry out your will on earth as it is in heaven. Amen.

Tammy Metzler:
Dear God, I know I don't believe in you, but since I'll be starting catholic school soon, I though I should at least practice. Let's see. What do I want? I want Lisa to realize what a bitch she is and feel really bad and apologize for how she hurt me and know how much I still love her. In spite of everything, I still want Paul to win the election tomorrow, not that cunt Tracy. Oh, and I also want a really expensive pair of leather pants and someday, I wanna be really good friends with Madonna. Love, Tammy.

Paul Metzler:
Dear God, than you for all your blessings. You've given me so many things, like good health, nice parents, a nice truck, and what I'm told is a large penis, and I'm very grateful, but I sure am worried about Tammy. In my heart, I still can't believe she tore down my posters, but sometimes, she does get so weird and angry. Please help her be a happier person because she's so smart and sensitive and I love her so much. Also, I'm nervous about the election tomorrow and I guess I want to win and all, but I know that's totally up to you. You'll decide who the best person is and I'll accept it. And forgive me for my sins, whatever they may be. Amen.

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