(1999) ★★★★

Sky Movies Select: Monday 7 December, 11.40am and 8pm

Idealistic Omaha high school teacher Matthew Broderick makes an ill-judged decision to interfere when brazenly ambitious Reese Witherspoon runs unopposed yet again for student union president. Alexander Payne’s funny fable of fate and human foibles is a sophisticated and wittily observed satire of weakness in general and the shabby allusiveness of the American Dream in particular.

Adopting a facetious tone and antic style reminiscent of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (Broderick’s presence inevitably echoes that high school classic, and his kiss-off line is lifted directly from it), Payne marshals the pointedly satirical material with a deft touch. The music is by Rolfe Kent, although the most striking piece is the use of Ennio Morricone’s Navajo Joe theme. The two leads are terrific, too.

Broderick’s unassuming, well-meaning teacher elicits some sympathy while Witherspoon’s Tracy Flick is the kind of obnoxious character you’d cheerfully throttle. On election morning, she’s at school laying out 500 cupcakes decorated with ‘Pick Flick’ in butterscotch icing. The night before she lays in bed praying: “Dear Lord Jesus, now I really must insist that I win the electiontomorrow.” The sour joke of the film is that Tracy Flick, and people like her, generally do get what they want and not what they deserve.

Certificate: 15

Duration: 99min

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