A couple of you told me I needed to see this movie. You know who you are with your pick flick cupcake cleverness…

So I rented it, weeks ago. It literally just sat on top of my DVD player with MirrorMask and The Science of Sleep for weeeeeeeks.

Typically the only time I find for movie watching is with K. When it’s family movie night we fire up the projector and watch “family” movies on the big screen while we eat our homemade pizza, turkey sandwiches or Chinese Take-out. This is why Election sat on my DVD player for so long. It wasn’t that I didn’t believe Julie & Velma when they said it was good. I did, I really did.

I even asked Mr. Kaos one night if he wanted to watch it with me but he had no time, he was editing a video, dubbing off his old music from the reel to reel, cleaning the kitchen or doing something unimportant like paying the bills.

So I waited.

And waited.

The years that went by that I didn’t know this movie existed… it was just time wasted while I waited to watch one of the most hilarious, dark, intelligent movies I’ve seen. The character archetypes were clear and tangible. The acting was clever and quick. The writing, oh the writing, it was good.

I loved Election. Loved it so much that I wish I had been less like the sabotaging sister and more the psychotic Miss Flick. Why? I have no idea. But maybe it’s because when Reese Witherspoon (who I am usually not a big fan of) threw herself into a snit she was there 100%. That was impressive to me… as was chasing the skater brat down the hall for stealing gum…

There is so much brilliance in this movie that I’m not going to talk about because I don’t know if you’ve seen it and I so don’t want to spoil the fun of naked, sweaty, swelling discovery for you…

So, have you seen Election? Did you love it? Back in the day when you were in school who do you think you were, and more importantly, who would you have voted for?

9 thoughts on “Election…

  1. Matty says:

    Huh. I guess this is one of the rare cases when we disagree about a movie. I hate that movie. I found all of the characters, save for the “dumb jock”, entirely unsympathetic. It was like watching a two hour episode of Sienfeld: smug people being stupid, cruel, and learning nothing. I’ll take Rushmore instead please.

  2. CamiKaos says:

    Interesting… because I, as you know, do not like Sienfield. But I found the absurdities of these characters so entertaining… And while I did feel sympathetic for the male candidate he seemed to me to be the only character that wasn’t as highly characterized. They made that character a softer version of what people might recall or envision. I felt that his role wasn’t quite as strong as the others because he wasn’t such a cliché, such a stereotype. Yes he was clueless, but you sympathized with him because he was also kind… In doing the hurtful things he did, he was too naive to realize he was hurting anyone… while everyone else was who they were regardless of consequence.I think often in life people are stupid, smug and cruel in an uneducational way. That is I think 2 movies in the world we have disagreed on.

  3. Daveman says:

    I never seen “Election”. Never heard of it before in fact. But now that I have.., If I can remember it, I’ll rent it or buy it or something. If I can remember it. I tend to forget many of the films I intend to watch when I get to the video store. Who are you again and what am I doint here? Never mind! I dont want to know. Spoilers ya know. ;-)

  4. julie says:

    Hee hee. Glad you finally saw it. Would’ve helped my cupcake joke a month ago if you’d already seen it, though… ;)

  5. landismom says:

    I really liked the movie, but the book is even better (and darker). Reese rocks, and Matthew Broderick is good too.

  6. Mr. Kaos says:

    “Matty said… … smug people being stupid, cruel, and learning nothing…”Appearantly. you’ve never seen “Hurlyburly” http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0119336/I had to take a shower after that one…”Goofs:Continuity: When Eddie lies under the glass table while Mickey and Artie talk to him, the location (and amount) of cocaine changes between shots.”

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