Election script
Election (1999)
Synopsis: Election is a 1999 American black comedy-drama film directed and written by Alexander Payne and adapted by him and Jim Taylor from Tom Perrotta's 1998 novel of the same title. The plot revolves around a high school election and satirizes both suburban high school life and politics. The film stars Matthew Broderick as Jim McAllister, a popular high school social studies teacher in suburban Omaha, Nebraska, and Reese Witherspoon as Tracy Flick, around the time of the school's student body election. When Tracy qualifies to run for class president, McAllister believes she does not deserve the title and tries his best to stop her from winning.

INT. JIM'S CLASSROOMDAY

Alone in his room, JIM studies the Omaha World-Herald

TRACY (VO CONT'D)

He'll probably tell you how committed

he was to teaching and democracy and

integrity and all. Don't be fooled.

After laying the paper down to circle an article, JIM leans back in

his chair and momentarily loses himself in thought.

JIM (VO)

It's hard to remember how the whole

thing started, the whole election mess.

What I do remember is that I loved my

job. I was a teacher, an educator, and I

couldn't imagine doing anything else.

Suddenly a VOICE --

VOICE (OS)

Hey, Mr. M. Mr. M.!

JIM glances OUT THE WINDOW and sees a kid -- PAUL METZLER -- pointing

at him. Paul walks with a LIMP. Behind him, other STUDENTS approach

the school.

PAUL:

Stop daydreaming! Get back to work!

JIM enjoys the affectionate joshing and gives the kid a wave. He

returns to his newspaper, a contented man.

JIM (VO)

The students knew it wasn't just a job

for me.

EXT. MILARD HIGH FOOTBALL STADIUM-- NIGHT

JIM sits in the bleachers, clapping his hands over his head.

JIM:

C'mon, wolverines! Defense! Let's

hold 'em back!

JIM (VO)

I got involved. And I cared.

INT. MILLARD GYM DAY AT A PEP RALLY -

JIM is dressed as a WESTERN VILLAIN, and his black hat reads "Lincoln

South." With a menacing grimace he approaches a group of FOOTBALL

PLAYERS at a poker table.

JIM (VO CONT'D)

And I think I made a difference.

A CORNER OF THE SCHOOL DAY

JIM has a comforting hand of the shoulder of a CRYING GIRL

JIM (VO CONT'D)

I knew I touched the students' lives

during their difficult young adult

years, and I took that responsibility

seriously.

INT. AUDITORIUM -- NIGHT

JIM trots up the stairs to receive a plaque. He beams.

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Jim Taylor

Jim Taylor (born 1963 in Seattle, Washington) is an American producer and screenwriter who has often collaborated on projects with Alexander Payne. The two are business partners in the Santa Monica based Ad Hominem Enterprises, and are credited as co-writers of six films released between 1996 and 2007: Citizen Ruth (1996), Election (1999), Jurassic Park III (2001, with Peter Buchman), About Schmidt (2002), Sideways (2004), and I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry (2007, with Barry Fanaro and Lew Gallo). His credits as a producer include films such as Cedar Rapids and The Descendants. more…

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