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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.
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.Read more ›
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.
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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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Damn, son, this is a good movie. I just watched a mediocre one, so I know the difference. ;) Just the freaky way Jay Baruchel walks, like his skeleton is either tickling or... Read morePublished 12 months ago by K. Hundley
First time movie reviewer here. Pleasantly surprised and delighted by this film. I'll be recommending it.Published 12 months ago by Jeffrey S Carson
Jay Baruchel doesn't have a single bad movie. Worth every penny!Published 12 months ago by Avril's Distant Cousin
Fresh story line coupled with cliches, funny at times. Incongruities begin with the juxtaposition of American Express sponsorship and Revolutionary symbols. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Diane Miller
I am always amazed with the creativity required to put out such a solidly good and unique storyline. How did Jacob Tierney come up with this story? Read morePublished 16 months ago by Tina
This is really really funny. I like the "absurd" humour. The guy who wrote the story had a very original idea, in my opinion. I would totally recommend this.Published 17 months ago by afromario