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  • Actors: JAY BARUCHEL, DOMINI BLYTHE, GENEVIÈVE BUJOLD, ANNEMARIE CADIEUX, JESSE CAMACHO
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Tribeca
  • DVD Release Date: December 14, 2010
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003VWC52U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #171,466 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Jay Baruchel (Tropic Thunder) heads up the cast of this hilarious comedy about a high school student who believes he is the reincarnation of Leon Trotsky.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By David Ljunggren on November 22, 2010
Format: DVD
This is a wonderfully dark comedy about a Canadian teenager who genuinely thinks he is the reincarnation of Lev Davidovitch Bronstein, better known as Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky. He imposes his own reality on those around him, much to their frustration, but no one can deny his determination. He's a one-man wrecking ball who won't take no for an answer. Trotsky's first wife was called Alexandra and was 10 years older than him. So when our teenager meets a 27-year-old woman called Alexandra, he pursues her with enormous energy. He infuriates his father so much that he's pulled out of his expensive private school and sent to a west Montreal high school, where he angers the strict new headmaster by insisting the students be allowed to create a union. The film cracks along and there is a regular supply of laughs -- forget those who say you need an understanding of the Russian Revolution to really appreciate what's happening. The climax of the film, where the young Trotsky learns whether his attempts to unionise the school, descends into something of a cliche. That said, the director recovers his touch and "The Trotsky" ends on a delightful tone. This is one of the best films I've seen this year.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Luke on April 22, 2010
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I loved this movie.. Jay Baruchal is such a good actor.. I cant wait till this is out on DVD.

if you like politics you will especially like this movie and will understand some of the scenes better.. though it does not matter what political philosophy you hold..

there is a hilarious part involving Ayn Rand..

this movie is my favorite in long time.
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"The Trotsky" is one of those films that I wholeheartedly loved for at least half of its running time. A deliciously dark comedy about a Canadian youth who imagines he's the reincarnation of Russian revolutionary leader Leon Trotsky, this film begins as a strong satire of idealism gone awry. The running joke, throughout, is that our hero has very little to rebel against--he's just in love with the idea that he is a relevant trailblazer. But, in fact, he's no trailblazer at all. He's just trying to mirror his life according to the facts of Trotsky's existence--right down to his love life. It's a sly and smart skewering of politics and teen rebellion. The fact that his activism has very little real world context is quite amusing as there is no obvious cause to be fought. But just as the picture had won me over--a subtle shift starts occurring and we're meant to take this arbitrary and absolutely meaningless struggle seriously. A completely implausible, and somewhat creepy, romantic entanglement doesn't help. Once I felt like the movie was asking me to embrace the student as a hero, my good will went south pretty quickly as the movie didn't seem to be in on its own joke anymore.

Jay Baruchel capably plays our wannabe revolutionary. The film begins as he organizes a hysterically inept hunger strike at his father's factory. The early family scenes work equally well as Baruchel verbally spars with his father (a great Saul Rubinek). The twist of seeing this privileged youth fighting for the teeming masses elicits many laugh out loud moments as he is seemingly disconnected from the hypocrisy of his lifestyle. His father takes a page from the real Trotsky and forces his son to attend (gasp!) public school. However, this being Canada--the school is quite lovely.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jay B. Lane TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 23, 2012
Format: DVD
Jay Baruchel ("How to Train Your Dragon," "She's Out of My League" and "Tropic Thunder") plays a high-school student named Leon who is barking mad. To the consternation of his exasperated parents, he insists that he is the reincarnation of Leon Trotsky, the notorious Communist who was a leader of the Russian Revolution in 1917.

His first attempt at a summer job fails abysmally because he tries to organize the workers into a labor union, at his father's business! His activism causes enough trouble at school that his parents, in an attempt to punish him, condemn him to a (gasp!) PUBLIC SCHOOL for his next year of high school. Undaunted, he forges ahead, trying to create a Student Union that is a real union of students, complete with demands of the faculty. Of course his main challenge is the apathy of his classmates.

Given today's economic climate, his anti-business/anti-bankers rants actually garnered a spattering of applause in the 2010 Seattle International Film Festival audience. It is fun to see a comedy that isn't about T & A, but instead about a youthful psyche groping with some serious philosophies.

You can get this on regular DVD or Blu Ray from Amazon.com.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By West Mountain on January 1, 2013
Format: DVD
This is one of my favourite films of the past decade. Good work by writer/director Jacob Tierney. I'd originally thought of rating it 4.5 stars, but am bumping it up on the strength of the DVD extras. It's brainy enough that a neo-marxist reading list wouldn't be out of place here (perhaps for the director's cut?), but there are also some funny bits of physical comedy -- and Baruchel succeeds in making the precocious teenaged activist Leon Bronstein likable and very human. You don't have to be a history buff or a Canadian to enjoy this ... though there are a few hilarious in-jokes (references to Levesque, Parizeau, and the city of London Ontario) that had even west coast audiences laughing out loud. There are some superb supporting performances here from longtime veterans like Bujold, Feore, Rubinek, and Murphy, as well as younger actors like Mabe, Horn, Pirie, and Camacho. Even Ben Mulroney makes an appearance.

Alongside the comedy and romantic moments, the film raises some interesting questions about commitment to social change -- will Leon's idealism inspire his society, or will he become complacent or disillusioned like some of the older 60s generation he encounters? This film is really more about the soft-left perspective than about the darker side of political revolutions in the 20th century, which have already been examined by other artists like George Orwell. On the micro-scale of a high school student council, though, it works fine -- and it's also a thoughtful examination of what it actually does take to overcome apathy. A couple of years after this film's release, Montreal was filled with students in the "Maple Spring", one of the country's biggest protest movements.
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