Tim Timmerman, Hope of America

U​.​S​., 2016, 94 min.


Monday, Apr. 3 at 7:30pm

The winner of the 2016 SLIFF Audience Choice Award for Best Film, ​the delightful comedy ​"Tim Timmerman, Hope of America" chronicles the self-promoting schemes of ​the title character, ​Mount Vista High's student-body president​.​ Tim (St. Louis native Eddie Perino) — class of 1994 — has aspirations of attending Yale and becoming a famous politician. Although derided and snubbed by the cool kids in school, Tim manages to beat head cheerleader Mackenzie Miller in the election by assembling a wildly diverse coalition of disenfranchised groups such as the cowboys, the goths, and the nerds. Once elected as president, however, Tim has zero interest in doing any actual work: He simply coasts, believing that his office will open the door to Yale and a future political career. When Tim’s laziness and missteps undermine his dreams for the future, he realizes that Sydney (Chelsea Maidhof), a girl from a rival high school, might actually provide the quickest pathway to Washington. The attraction for scheming Tim is not Sydney’s beauty and intelligence — at least not initially — but her father’s potentially helpful connections as a U.S. senator. Nothing can stop Tim from reaching the top … except himself.


Cameron Sawyer