Surprise! An intelligent, well-written high school story that offers some real ideas to chew on, rather than simply wallowing in nubile flesh. Carver High junior Tracy Flick (Reese Witherspoon) is a tightly coiled spring of ferocious
ambition: She's a relentless hand-raiser, compulsive joiner and fiercely calculating careerist who's got her eyes fixed firmly on the prize, the office of student body president. Since she's running unopposed, it looks as though another feather in her over-decorated cap is inevitable. Enter
popular history teacher and student government advisor Jim McAllister (Matthew Broderick), a self-deluded schlub whose insistence that he loves his...