History Film / Election

10th Mar '18 11:16:02 AM Mdumas43073
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* VillainProtagonist: Mr. McAllister. Lying, election fraud, adultery, Machiavellian use of [[GoodIsDumb Paul]]... all whilst enacting his plan to bring down the target of his spite. Not really a boy scout.

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* VillainProtagonist: Mr. McAllister.[=McAllister=]. Lying, election fraud, adultery, Machiavellian use of [[GoodIsDumb Paul]]... all whilst enacting his plan to bring down the target of his spite. Not really a boy scout.
10th Mar '18 11:15:29 AM Mdumas43073
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* BriarPatching: Tammy's parents try to discipline her by sending her to Catholic school (implied to be all-girl), although that's [[CatholicSchoolGirlsRule exactly where she wants to go]].


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* {{Unishment}}: Tammy's parents try to discipline her by sending her to Catholic school (implied to be all-girl), although that's [[CatholicSchoolGirlsRule exactly where she wants to go]].
19th Feb '18 9:33:11 AM KingLyger
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* AbsurdlyPowerfulStudentCouncil: Deconstructed. The student council is ultimately revealed at the end of the film as being highly dysfunctional, [[spoiler:to the point that Tracy can't get ''anything'' accomplished during her tenure as President]]. Furthermore, the film pretty much establishes that the whole thing is one glorified popularity contest: hence why Mr. [=McAllister=] selects Paul to run against Tracy since, as one of the most popular kids at school, more kids in theory will vote for him over Tracy. Furthermore, Tammy's entire campaign platform is based upon the idea of dissolving the student council as she openly acknowledges that it is a huge fraud and a waste of time for everyone at school.

* AllElectionsAreSeriousBusiness
* TheAllegedCar: Although it is in reasonable condition and runs well enough, Mr. [=McAllister=] drives a pretty crappy early 90s Ford Festiva compact car (a rebadged Korean-built Kia Pride), a minute car by American standards. Presumably this was chosen deliberately, in the DVD commentary Alexander Payne says "Ford Festiva, the car of an impotent man."
* AlmightyJanitor: Mr. [=McAllister=] makes the ''very'' big mistake of unknowingly pissing off the school janitor by dropping a [[ChekhovsGun box of chow mein]] on the floor in an absent-minded attempt at cleaning up the staff room. It bites him in the ass when [[spoiler: the janitor finds the thrown-out ballots in the trash bin and reveals to the principal that he had rigged the election]].

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* AbsurdlyPowerfulStudentCouncil: Deconstructed. The student council is ultimately revealed at the end of the film as being highly dysfunctional, [[spoiler:to the point that Tracy can't get ''anything'' accomplished during her tenure as President]]. Furthermore, the film pretty much establishes that the whole thing is one glorified popularity contest: hence contest. This is why Mr. [=McAllister=] selects Paul to run against Tracy since, as one of the most popular kids at school, more kids in theory will vote for him over Tracy. Furthermore, Tammy's entire campaign platform is based upon the idea of dissolving the student council council, as she openly acknowledges that it is it's a huge fraud and a waste of time for everyone at school.

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* AllElectionsAreSeriousBusiness
AllElectionsAreSeriousBusiness: A student council election at a high school dragging up sordid love affairs and past dirt, all for the sake of vengeance.
* TheAllegedCar: Although it is in reasonable condition and runs well enough, condition, Mr. [=McAllister=] drives a pretty crappy early 90s Ford Festiva compact car (a rebadged Korean-built Kia Pride), a minute car by American standards. Presumably this was chosen deliberately, in the DVD commentary Alexander Payne says "Ford Festiva, the car of an impotent man."
* AlmightyJanitor: Mr. [=McAllister=] makes the ''very'' big mistake of unknowingly pissing off the school janitor by dropping a [[ChekhovsGun box of chow mein]] on the floor in an absent-minded attempt at cleaning up the staff room. It bites him in the ass when [[spoiler: the janitor finds the thrown-out ballots in the trash bin and reveals to the principal that he had rigged the election]].



* PickOnSomeoneYourOwnSize

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* PickOnSomeoneYourOwnSizePickOnSomeoneYourOwnSize: [=McAllister=] finds someone to run against Tracy for the sheer sake of making it more difficult for her to win.
27th Jan '18 1:35:35 PM nombretomado
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The film was a critical darling, but had a mediocre take at the box office, due to the studio [[NeverTrustATrailer screwing up its marketing]] and portraying it as a straight-up teen comedy as opposed to a drama with BlackComedy overtones -- presumably an effort to cash in on the success of ''Film/AmericanPie'' (the fact that Chris Klein is in both films adds a bit of credence to that theory), which came out earlier that year. Based on its critical success, though, it managed an UsefulNotes/AcademyAward nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay.[[note]]Payne and writing partner Jim Taylor would later win in 2004 for ''Film/{{Sideways}}'', and again in 2011 for ''Film/TheDescendants''.[[/note]] Likewise, Reese Witherspoon received glowing reviews for her performance, and it is often cited as one of the future UsefulNotes/AcademyAward winner's best roles. The film also resurrected MatthewBroderick's career after several years of obscurity.

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The film was a critical darling, but had a mediocre take at the box office, due to the studio [[NeverTrustATrailer screwing up its marketing]] and portraying it as a straight-up teen comedy as opposed to a drama with BlackComedy overtones -- presumably an effort to cash in on the success of ''Film/AmericanPie'' (the fact that Chris Klein is in both films adds a bit of credence to that theory), which came out earlier that year. Based on its critical success, though, it managed an UsefulNotes/AcademyAward nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay.[[note]]Payne and writing partner Jim Taylor would later win in 2004 for ''Film/{{Sideways}}'', and again in 2011 for ''Film/TheDescendants''.[[/note]] Likewise, Reese Witherspoon received glowing reviews for her performance, and it is often cited as one of the future UsefulNotes/AcademyAward winner's best roles. The film also resurrected MatthewBroderick's Creator/MatthewBroderick's career after several years of obscurity.
18th Sep '17 7:22:34 PM darkchiefy
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** Paul takes his defeat in stride, caring even less than Tammy and still being the most popular kid in chool.

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** Paul takes his defeat in stride, caring even less than Tammy and still being the most popular kid in chool.school.
1st Aug '17 4:03:32 AM WillBGood
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** Tracy is able to to get into Georgetown, and later becomes a senator's aide that she is implied to be having an affair with. However, she has to endure the scorn of everyone around her for her holier-than-thou attitude. Not to mention McAllister really having it in for her.

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** Tracy is able to to get into Georgetown, and later becomes a senator's aide that she is implied to be having an affair with. However, she has to endure the scorn of everyone around her for her holier-than-thou attitude. Not to mention McAllister [=McAllister=] really having it in for her.



* ManipulativeBastard: McAllister to Paul primarily, but he's doing it to work Tracy over as well.

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* ManipulativeBastard: McAllister [=McAllister=] to Paul primarily, but he's doing it to work Tracy over as well.
1st Aug '17 4:02:23 AM WillBGood
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** Tracy wins the election and becomes student council president, only to find that the job is practically meaningless and it doesn´t make her any more popular with the students. When she goes on to college she´s still a solitary student, ignored by her peers, and she realizes that she´ll always be alone even though there is the implication that her overachieving ways may eventually take Tracy to high places.

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** Tracy wins the election and becomes student council president, only to find that the job is practically meaningless and it doesn´t doesn't make her any more popular with the students. When she goes on to college she´s she's still a solitary student, ignored by her peers, and she realizes that she´ll she'll always be alone even though there is the implication that her overachieving ways may eventually take Tracy to high places.



* FriendsRentControl: Inverted, when Jim moves to New York City he has to pay $1550 a month (plus utilities) for a tiny little cramped basement apartment with the bed, bath and kitchen units stuffed into one little room.

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* FriendsRentControl: Inverted, Averted: when Jim moves to New York City he has to pay $1550 a month (plus utilities) for a tiny little cramped basement apartment with the bed, bath and kitchen units stuffed into one little room.
5th May '17 7:14:43 AM Hizer
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* ManipulativeBastard: McAllister to Paul.

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* ManipulativeBastard: McAllister to Paul.Paul primarily, but he's doing it to work Tracy over as well.
5th May '17 7:13:19 AM Hizer
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* ManipulativeBastard: McAllister to Paul.
1st May '17 9:54:57 AM Hizer
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* VillainProtagonist: Mr. McCallister. Lying, election fraud, adultery, Machiavellian use of [[GoodIsDumb Paul]]... all whilst enacting his plan to bring down the target of his spite. Not really a boy scout.

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* VillainProtagonist: Mr. McCallister.McAllister. Lying, election fraud, adultery, Machiavellian use of [[GoodIsDumb Paul]]... all whilst enacting his plan to bring down the target of his spite. Not really a boy scout.
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