This week history was made when Hillary Clinton became a presidential nominee for a major political party in the United States. Not your average sentence you'd expect to read on The Nerd Party but it's the inspiration for this weeks pick for my Franchise Fatigue column.
Like many people in Britain, I'm mad for the theatre and drama of American politics. I'm a product, like many, of weekly doses of 'The West Wing'. During the long campaign season in America, my living room has resembled The White House situation room with MSNBC on the iPad, CNN on my tv, the iPad loaded following all the political news breaking on Twitter, and reading every development on Politico.
I've often heard critics and supporters of Clinton describe her as having an entitled lust or drive for power. Whenever I heard these comparisons, I think of Tracy Flick from the 1999 comedy, "Election". Written and directed by one of my favorite film makers, Alexander (Sideways, About Schmidt, & Nebraska) Payne, this sharp satirical movie follows an unfolding Student body President in a Nebraska high school. Reese Witherspoon, in a career best plays, Tracey Flick. A tightly wound loner who is focused on an efficient and entitled campaign for President which provokes a negative reaction from Matthew Broderick who plays her teacher. Broderick is brilliant as Jim McAllister who while having a midlife crisis begins a campaign to undermine her bid to be President due to his issues with her personality and his displeasure at her unopposed election campaign.
To many people, flicking through their Netflix, this might look like a typical "high school movie" but this is a brilliant multi-layered movie about politics in America, the state of campaigning, the school administration, morals, ethics, and youth entitlement. Alexander Payne was rightly nominated for Best Adapted screenplay at the Oscars in 1999, surprisingly beating The Phantom Menace to a place on the shortlist.
This sharp comedy still resonates all these years on and is more relevant than ever before. But unlike Donald Trump outbursts, there's much humor and insight to be found in this overlooked comedy from a great cast and director. The best movies are those who represent and reflect the world and times we live in, this movie shines a light on the issues ahead in the 2016 campaign.
Where to watch it?
Election can be found on Apple TV worldwide and on Netflix USA, UK and Ireland. Apple TV.