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Election Review

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  • 5.0

    out of 100

    Universal acclaim
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    critic review scores.

  • 100

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    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Alexander Payne's scathing, subtle, and complexly funny tragicomedy builds a perfect, off-kilter universe--it's a first cousin to "Rushmore."

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  • 88

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    Election has the sharpest satire of any teen movie made in years. Like the best lampoons, it attacks by exaggerating reality ever-so-slightly and targeting a broad range of subjects.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Alexander Payne is a director whose satire is omnidirectional. He doesn't choose an easy target and march on it. He stands in the middle of his story and attacks on all directions.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    USA Today Susan Wloszczyna

    When it comes to eloquently telling it like it is, Election puts the nation's political pundits to shame.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 15+

Dark high school comedy is best for older teens.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that in this dark comedy, almost everyone engages in bad behavior as they set out to win at all costs. This movie also includes questionable sexual situations (statutory rape, extramarital affairs, and teenage sex), foul language, and an irreverent attitude toward religion. All in all, both teens and adults appear untrustworthy and unethical. Older teens may be mature enough to watch this film.

  • Families can talk about issues relating to ethics. Throughout this movie, characters make unethical choices. Parents may want to ask their kids to identify those actions. They may also want to use this time to discuss issues related to school. Does this film remind teens of their own school experiences? Do they know people like the characters? What are politics like at their schools?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Pretty much everyone in film serves as a negative role model. Characters are driven to unethical acts by greed, jealousy, and lust. This film makes it difficult to divide characters into "good" and "bad." Even the "good" characters make choices that throw their status into question.

What to watch for
  • violence false0

    Violence: Humorous skiing accident and bee sting incident.

  • sex false5

    Sex: Inappropriate relationship between a teacher and student, infidelity by the main character, main character watches porn, brief teenage lesbianism, teenage sex, semi-graphic sex.

  • language false3

    Language: Sexually explicit language.

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Coke and Pepsi placement.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Brief moments of teen drinking and pot.