An instant classic, Alexander Payne’s 1999 high school comedy stars Reese Witherspoon as a frighteningly perky overachiever whose obsessive campaign to become student council president touches a nerve in devoted civics teacher Matthew Broderick. Angered by her recent seduction of a fellow teacher, he recruits a popular student athlete to run against her, and the buried sexual politics make for a particularly knotty satire of modern morality.