Wednesday, July 11, 2007
FILM! Election, ITV2, 9.00pm
We don't usually write about films on the homepage, but every now and then we like to make an exception. To be perfectly honest, our motives here are not entirely altruistic, because this is one of those films that people frequently tell us is awesome, and we've never actually seen it - so we thought if we wrote something about it on the day it aired, we'd be far more likely to remember to tune in. Hopefully some of you will tune in as well, so it's good for you, it's good for us, it's good for everyone. Perhaps we can turn this into some kind of pay-it-forward movement, as long as it doesn't involve the rubbish movie of the same name or anything.
ANYway, this has been heralded as one of the great teen movies of the modern age, although we always assumed that it was a proper grown-up movie with lashings of satire and irony that just happens to be set in a high school and therefore is more easily marketable to a teen audience (it's a great tactic; it worked for Mean Girls too). For the uninitiated, Reese Witherspoon plays overachiever Tracy Flick, who's running unopposed for class president until teacher Mr McAllister (Matthew Broderick) decides to coach blunt-edged jock Paul Metzler (Chris Klein) to run against her, partly as a wider lesson in democracy but probably mostly because Tracy rather gets on his nerves.
This has been on TV about umpteen million times and yet we still happen to fall into the small handful of people who've never seen it, so we're planning to change this unfortunate state of affairs. Why don't you join us? Only, don't actually come round to our house or anything. We haven't got enough biscuits for all of you.