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Join us for our new monthly series Roxy Book Club! Which is better, the book or the movie? To find out, take the month of November to read Tom Perrotta's Election and join us in the Roxy Annex at 6pm* for a discussion led by Christina Tripp. Following the discussion will be a screening of the hilarious 2000 movie adaptation in the main Roxy theater at 7:30pm.

Perky, overachieving high schooler Tracy Flick (Reese Witherspoon) gets on the nerves of social-studies teacher Jim McAllister (Matthew Broderick) to begin with, but after she launches her campaign for student-body president and his personal life starts to fall apart, things spiral out of control. In Alexander Payne’s satire Election, the teacher becomes unhealthily obsessed with cutting his student down to size, covertly backing a spoiler candidate to stop her from steamrolling to victory, and putting in motion a series of dirty tricks and reckless promises with uncanny real-world political parallels. Adapting a then-unpublished novel by Tom Perrotta, Payne grounds the absurdity of his central dynamic in the recognizable—the setting is his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska, and the accomplished cast is rounded out with nonprofessionals—and distills his closely observed take on deeply flawed humanity to its bitter but stealthily sympathetic essence.

Cast: Matthew Broderick, Reese Witherspoon, Chris Klein, Jessica Campbell
Director: Alexander Payne
Written by: Alexander Payne
Rated: R
Duration: 103 min
Released: 1999
Genre: Comedy


Monday, November 28th