“Election” – Young Adult Males – Comedic

“Student… council… president.” from the film “Election.” Jim tries to cheer up Paul and give him some drive by explaining to him the use of democracy. Ideal for Young Adult Males in their 20s. 1 Min.

Written By: Tom Perrotta and Alexander Payne

Jim and Paul:

JIM’S CLASSROOM – DAY Paul sits in a chair, while JIM stands

                              JIM

              Paul, I know you’ve been pretty down

              since your accident.

                              PAUL

              I wanted to play next year so bad I

              could taste it.  And maybe go on to…

                              JIM

              I know.  I understand disappointment.

              I really do.

                              PAUL

               Yeah.

                              JIM

              But you’ve got a big choice right now.

              You can choose to be depressed about it

              for the rest of your life. Or you can

              choose to see it for what it really is:

              an opportunity.  I personally think you

              have a big future ahead of you, and I

              don’t mean the fleeting glory of sports.

                              PAUL

              What do you mean?

                              JIM

              Let me give you a clue.  You’re a born

              leader.  You’re one of the most popular

              students at Millard.  You’re honest and

              straightforward.  You don’t choke under

              pressure, as we all saw in that amazing

              fourth quarter against Westside. The

              other kids look up to you.  What does

              that spell?

     Paul furrows his brow and looks around, searching for an answer.  His

     lower lip is wet.

                              JIM

              Student… council… president.

     It takes a moment for this to sink in.  Finally

                              PAUL

              Who, me?  Nooo.  I never… I don’t

              know anything about that stuff, Mr. M.

              Besides, that’s Tracy Flick’s thing.

              She’s always working so hard and —

                              JIM

              Yeah, no, she’s a go-getter, all right.

                              PAUL

              And she’s super-nice

                              JIM

              Yeah.  But one person assured of

              victory kind of undermines the whole

               idea of a democracy, doesn’t it? That’s

              more like a… well, like a

              dictatorship, like we studied.

                              JIM

              Paul, what’s your favorite fruit?

                             PAUL

              Huh?  Oh.  Uh… pears

                              JIM

              takes a piece of chalk from the lip of

              the blackboard.

                              JIM

              Okay, let’s say

                              PAUL

              No, wait — apples.  Apples.

     JIM draws illustrative circles on the board as he speaks.

                              JIM

              Fine.  Let’s say all you ever knew was

               apples. Apples, apples and more apples.

              You might think apples were pretty good,

              even if you occasionally got a rotten

              one. Then one day there’s an orange. And

              now you can make a decision. Do you want

              an apple, or do you want an orange?

              That’s democracy.

                              PAUL

              I also like bananas.

                              JIM

              Exactly.  So what do you say?  Maybe

              it’s time to give a little something

              back.

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