by Shannonn Kelly
06:30AM, EST, November 09, 2012
When I found out a few days ago that Sarah Jessica Parker hosted a dinner for Barack Obama in her west village home that she lives in with husband Matthew Broderick, it reminded me of one of my favorite ‘Election’ themed movies, efficiently titled, “Election” (1999).
It stars Broderick as a soon to be stressed out high-school teacher Mr. McAllister, who’s life gets turned upside down by his involvement in the school election and seething hatred for Tracey Flick, a manipulative, self-centered senior running for class president played by Reese Witherspoon.
This film is so funny and so vicious when it comes to the ethics of politics. The cinematography is at times hilarious, especially when the editor decides to freeze frame some of the shots with Witherspoon.
This movie brings me to my question: In Tuesday’s Election, did Life Imitate Art? Did the scenarios from ‘real life’ play out better during this election season or in the movies below. What ‘Election’ movie is your favorite? Cast your Vote!
“Head of State” (2003)
A Black President: Chris Rock stars as DC city councilman Mays Gilliam, who rises in the polls after his brother Mitch (played by deceased Bernie Mac) who persuades Mays to speak out for what he believes in on issues such as welfare, money, society, etc. So, when a presidential candidate unexpectedly dies in the middle of the campaign, Mays is picked as his replacement.
“The American President“ (1995)
An Presiden for Women: Michael Douglas stars as sitting Democratic president Andrew Shepard who has to deflect every nasty thing said about him by Republican presidential candidate Bob Rumson (played by Richard Dreyfuss). Women love him. However, the fact that he’s a widower, makes potential voters (Republican) nervous. What does he know about family values…? Shepard starts to woo a lobbyist played by Annette Bening. Rumson does his best to make it seem that the president can’t run a country if he’s out chasing skirt. Interestingly, Martin Sheen is also in this film and we know he moved onto to play a ‘real life’ president on TV in the “West Wing”.
“Napoleon Dynamite” (2004)
Birthers Beware: An outcast teenager helps his new exchange student friend Pedro Sanchez (Efren Ramirez – “Vote for Pedro”) win the class presidency against popular girl Summer Wheatley (played by Haylie Duff). Pedro gets the upset and Napolean dances to a packed auditorium of voters.
“Black Sheep” (1996)
Gift From God: A gubernatorial candidate Al Donnelly (Tim Matheson) hires slimey special assistant Steve Dodds (David Spade) whose only job is to make sure his well-meaning but incompetent brother Mike (played by the late Chris Farley) doesn’t ruin the election by saying stupid things that will upset the voters. Enter Republican candidates Todd “legitimate rape” Akin and Richard “Gift From God” Mourdock.
“The Candidate” (1972)
Obama 2008: Peter Boyle plays Marvin Lucas, a political election specialist, who wants to find a Democratic candidate to unseat a popular Republican candidate. Enter Robert Redford plays Bill McKay, son of popular former Democratic California governor John J. McKay (played by Melvyn Douglas (“Being There”) ). McKay Jr. decides to challenge the Republican Senator by running a campaign where he talks only about his views on the ‘real issues’ such as poverty, society and race relations.
“Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” (1939)
One Man’s Effect on American Politics: This movie gets my Vote every time…