Reese Witherspoon played Tracy Flick, an ambitious student body presidential candidate, in Election

By Helen Murphy
April 24, 2019 01:20 PM

Happy 20th birthday, Tracy Flick!

Reese Witherspoon posted a sweet tribute to her 1999 movie Election on Tuesday, sharing footage and a photo from the film to her Instagram.

“Time flies!! 20 years ago today #election made its debut,” she wrote. “Directed by the talented Alexander Payne, this film holds a special place in my heart. If #TracyFlick taught us anything, it’s to be a go-getter… and always carry cupcakes!”

The actress, 43, added the hashtag “#pickflick,” referencing her character Tracy Flick’s campaign slogan.

The clip Witherspoon shared to social media showed her character gearing up to run for student body president against fellow student Paul Metzler.

“He was no competition for me,” she says in the clip. It was like apples and oranges. I had to work a little harder, that’s all. You see, I believe in the voters. They understand that elections aren’t just popularity contests.”

Witherspoon also posted a poll on her Instagram Story, asking her followers if they would vote for Tracy Flick. “Has my vote” and “Only if there’s cupcakes” were the two options.

Witherspoon’s famous friends shared their love for the movie in the comments section of her post.

“I love this movie,” Salma Hayek wrote. “One of my favorite[s]. And you are Brilliant in it. Give me 100 years more of your talent. At least.”

“REESE!!! I ❤️ this movie so much,” Kate Bosworth added, while Natalie Portman chimed in, “I looooove this movie and you in it.”

Reese Witherspoon in Election
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Matthew Broderick and Reese Witherspoon in Election
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Witherspoon, then 23, starred opposite Matthew Broderick in the famous film. Broderick played a high school social studies teacher who enlisted Paul Metzler to run against Witherspoon’s character for student body president, causing the election of a lifetime as the two faced off for the title.

Election was not a box office success when it was first released, but the film was met with critical acclaim and has remained a fan favorite comedy ever since.

In 2014, director Alexander Payne told the Huffington Post that former President Barack Obama “has told me twice that it’s his favorite political film.”