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Favorite comedy about student body politics: 'Election' or 'Napoleon Dynamite'?

The popular kid going up against the bookworm for student body president may be formulaic in real-life and on the small screen. But "Election" and "Napoleon Dynamite" both iconically brought student body politics to the silver screen. The acclaimed "Election" received nods at the Oscars, Golden Globes and Independent Spirit Awards. But "Napoleon Dynamite" is a standout teen comedy of the aughts, popularizing the "vote for Pedro" phrase. Which is your favorite comedy about student body politics?

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Below is the synopsis of "Election," per IMDb.

A high school teacher's personal life becomes complicated as he works with students during the school elections, particularly with an obsessive overachiever determined to become student body president.

While "Election" didn't make much money at the box office, it definitely garnered lots of critical praise, especially for Reese Witherspoon's performance. After all, the film holds a fresh rating of 93 percent on Rotten Tomatoes

Witherspoon starred as an ambitious, but obnoxious, overachiever who is obsessed with winning her student body election. She scored a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress – Motion Picture Comedy or Musical in 2000, while the film was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay at the Oscars and Best Film at the Independent Spirit Awards.

If you thought American two-party system politics gets ugly—especially in 2018—then also watch "Election." The teen black comedy will forever be hilariously synonymous with how voting and elections isn't only a civic duty, but brings out the worst in candidates and voters.

David Ansen wrote for Newsweek in 1999:

The comedy may not resonate as deeply as the well-named Payne intends, but between Witherspoon's exuberant solipsism and Broderick's talent for absorbing massive humiliation, the chuckles keep coming like poisoned darts.
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Below is the synopsis of "Napoleon Dynamite," per IMDb

A listless and alienated teenager decides to help his new friend win the class presidency in their small western high school, while he must deal with his bizarre family life back home.

"Napoleon Dynamite" holds a fresh rating of 71 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. The cult comedy remains Jon Heder's quintessential role, while Napoleon is revered as one of the most iconic teen movie characters of all time. "Napoleon Dynamite" will forever be remembered for the "vote for Pedro" phrase, Napoleon's dancing, his pet llama and the overall titular character's awkwardness.

Check out The Odyssey's top 10 list on the best moments from "Napoleon Dynamite" here.

FINAL RESULTS
Entertainment
Favorite comedy about student body politics: 'Election' or 'Napoleon Dynamite'?
#VoteElection
A festive crown for the winner
#VoteNapoleon