Reese Witherspoon

Jeff Nichols's "Mud" and the Rural Revolution in American Film
April 26, 2013

The country has been retreating from American movies for decades, but in the last few years, we have had a few films that show us the hinterland.

Tom Perrotta On The Evolution Of Tracy Flick
February 16, 2009

Hillary Clinton got Flicked. Sarah Palin and Kirsten Gillibrand, too. In fact, it's now fair to say that any ambitious female politician with the ability to make men see starbursts--or at least whose hair is blond--will invite comparisons to Tracy Flick, the hyper-driven and not a little bit demented student body president Reese Witherspoon made famous in Election. Rare is the character who receives a second life as a cultural phenomenon--and that fate was particularly unlikely in Flick's case. The film made just under $15 million when it disappeared from theaters in the summer of 1999.