It’s probably been too long since you’ve seen “Election,” the 1999 film about ambition gone amuck in a high school student council contest, starring Reese Witherspoon as the immortal and ultimate political animal Tracy Flick and Matthew Broderick as her beleaguered and compromised teacher.
Well, you’re in luck. “Election” producers Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa will be hosting a screening of their iconic movie, directed by Alexander Payne from a Tom Perrotta novel, at the U.S. Navy Memorial Burke Theater (701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW) on Sunday night at 6 p.m.
Berger and Yerxa will be in town to accept the 2013 CINE Lifetime Achievement award for their work, which includes “Little Miss Sunshine,” the Wilco documentary “I Am Trying to Break Your Heart” and Payne’s newest offering, “Nebraska.”
And how do Berger and Yerxa think Washingtonians, particularly Hill staffers, might react to their scathing portrayal of Flick, the archetypal Hill climber whose Nebraska machinations ultimately land her in D.C.?
“We hope they take it in great humor,” Yerxa told Roll Call After Dark.
“She’s a character we all know,” Berger said of Flick, adding that whenever a big election comes around, “People are always referencing Tracy Flick.”
He also said the film’s sympathy for its characters is its biggest strength. “That is the triumph of ‘Election,’ that exploration of humanity, both good and bad.”
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Jason Dick is the Hill Life editor for Roll Call and has also worked at Greenwire, CongressDaily and National Journal Daily during his time in Washington. @jasonjdick