Lessons from the campaign trail on film
By Emily Christianson, Noelene Clark, Patrick Kevin Day, Lily Mihalik, Nate Jackson, Jevon Phillips and Nardine Saad
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1999 | 'Election'( Bob Akester / Paramount Pictures )
Reese Witherspoon plays an overachieving and manipulative high school student running unopposed for student government president. Matthew Broderick plays a history and civics teacher who tries to stop her by introducing his own candidate. But his involvement backfires, and his personal life begins to crumble.
Campaign lesson learned: In this satire on politics and suburban life, it seems the lesson is all politics is dirty politics. To succeed, you have to be smart, savvy and willing to sacrifice. And it might not be worth it.