Review Date: May 09, 1999
Director: Alexander Payne
Writer: Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor
Producers: A. Berger, D. Gale, K. Samples, R. Yerxa
By its very nature, this scathing satire contains various contemptible characters who essentially think of no one but themselves, and create that sort of "Seinfeld" mentality in which the person making the least immoral mistakes will win, if only by default. The one character that did feature some conscientious behavior, the football playing popular-boy, struck me as too big of a moron to appreciate as a true character, but maybe that's just me. Too goofy, for my taste. One other thing to note is that this film is definitely a comedy for adults, not for kids! Some teenagers may appreciate it, but overall, me thinks this feature is geared towards the more cynical segment of our modern day adult population. All in all, a superb performance by Reese Witherspoon, a clever script, some funny moments, but ultimately too similar to RUSHMORE to appreciate as an original story (for me, that is).