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An instant classic, Alexander Payne's 1999 high school comedy seems even more scathing now that we're losing control of our own election machinery. Reese Witherspoon was born to play Tracy Flick, a frighteningly perky overachiever whose obsessive campaign to become student council president touches a nerve in her devoted civics teacher (Matthew Broderick). Angered by her recent seduction of a fellow teacher, he recruits a popular student athlete (Chris Klein) to run against her, and the buried sexual politics make for a particularly knotty satire of modern morality. Payne has since turned his hand to more overtly serious stories (About Schmidt, Sideways), but this second feature, adapted from a novel by Tom Perrotta, pulses with anger. R, 103 min. Screening as part of a weekly revival series; admission is free, but preregistration is required at www.enjoytheshow.com/favorites. Thu 9/15, 8 PM, 600 N. Michigan.

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