Mainers for Accountable Elections will host a free showing of “Election” (1999, USA) Tuesday, Sept. 29, at 7 p.m. at the Colonial Theatre, 163 High St.

In the razor-sharp satiric comedy starring Reese Witherspoon and Matthew Broderick, a hotly contested high school election becomes a metaphor for the current state of American politics. Jim McAllister (Broderick) is a popular and well-respected instructor at George Washington Carver High School in Omaha, Neb., but lately he's been unhappy in both his personal and professional life. His anxieties finally come to a head with the school's student elections. Tracy Flick (Witherspoon) is running for student body president, and she certainly seems like the sort of girl who would win a high school election — pretty, popular and takes part in all the right extracurricular activities. In fact, she seems so perfect she's running unopposed, which offends McAllister's sense of democracy (not to mention the fact he doesn't like her very much). So he intervenes.

Everyone is invited to enjoy this fun send-up that illustrates the need for clean elections. Mainers for Accountable Elections is a coalition of Maine people and organizations to strengthen clean elections, disclose “dark money” and bolster accountability. A donation of $5 is suggested to support Question 1.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or