When I put in the DVD yesterday evening, I did not expect the movie
(2013; written by Karen Croner, based on a novel by Jean
Hanff Korelitz, starring Tina Fey and Paul Rudd) to be a revelatory
movie about the mishandling of conflicts of interest situations. But it is. Not in government (it's about a university admissions employee), but
the situations are easily applicable.
I can't tell the whole story of the characters' conflicts without giving away the plot turns, but I'll try to do the best I
can without doing so. What is most important is that the
protagonist's conduct would, if she were a government board member,
not be considered an ethics violation, even though everything she
did would be considered inappropriate. A discussion of the film
would be a good way to show that ethics provisions are the minimum
that are expected of government employees, not the maximum.