When the affair was discovered, Dave was fired and divorced by his wife Linda; Tracy walked away with her reputation unscathed. Working from a script he coauthored with Jim Taylor "Citizen Ruth" which they based on a novel by Tom Perrotta itself partially inspired by the three-way Presidential campaign , Payne's film uses such material for comic effect, and while it's irreverent and dark, it's not quite charred enough to be considered truly blackened. The definition of "morals versus ethics" is a classroom discussion, and serves as an underlying theme. A much more effective tool in Payne's directorial arsenal, however, is his clever and inventive use of camera techniques, including a series of freeze-frame images during which one character describes their feelings for another. When a janitor discovers the two discarded ballots in the trash and presents them to the principal, Jim is forced to resign. Some viewers may be offended by the film having some of the characters praying to God to alter the outcome of the pending election, etc I was nervous, and I walked into the commissary and threw up in front of everybody. In a moment of frustrated rage, Tracy tears down her competitors' campaign posters and later lies saying she didn't do it. Positive Messages Movie is a satire of high school life, told from several points of view. That doesn't last long, however, and while the "Ferris Bueller" role-reversal connection adds a hilarious touch of irony to his performance where he even begins to resemble the defeated and disheveled Jeffrey Jones from that earlier film , its fun to see Broderick go over to the "dark side" for a change.