An Omaha high school student body election turns into a psychological battlefield as a highly respected history teacher and adviser (played by Ferris Bueller
graduate Matthew Broderick) tries to sabotage the presidential campaign of a perky overachiever (Reese Witherspoon). This wicked, carnal comedy features adults in self-destruct modes and teens, including a popular clueless jock and his lesbian sister, who mull over the difference between morals and ethics and then trample them both. Directed by Alexander Payne, who also delivered the lacerating abortion satire Citizen Ruth
, and based on the novel by Tom Perrotta.