1986, Paramount, 103 min, USA, Dir: John Hughes

If you ever wanted to know how to fake illness, revive your neurotic best friend (Alan Ruck), get your girlfriend (Mia Sara) out of school, hack your academic record or anything else that will get you out of something you don’t want to do, this is the movie for you! Matthew Broderick reigns as the king of slacker cool in Hughes’ classic teen comedy, twisting and shouting his way across Chicago.

1983, MGM/Park Circus, 114 min, USA, Dir: John Badham

Gentlemen, please: no video-gaming in the war room. For Matthew Broderick's seminal teen computer hacker, coming of age, saving the world and getting Ally Sheedy mean accidentally triggering World War III (and causing big headaches for the likes of Dabney Coleman and Barry Corbin). Director John Badham's tale of a boy, his modem and Armageddon is as suspenseful - and unnerving - as ever. With a score by Arthur B. Rubinstein.

1999, Paramount, 103 min, USA, Dir: Alexander Payne

Matthew Broderick and Reese Witherspoon face off in Alexander Payne’s devilish satire of high school politics. Overachieving control freak Tracy Flick (Witherspoon) runs unopposed for student body president, while civics teacher Jim McAllister (Broderick) looks on queasily at her monopoly, and ultimately convinces unassuming jock Paul Metzler (Chris Klein) to give the chirpy blonde a democratic run for the title. Payne received an Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay for the film's caustically funny dialogue.

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