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Even if a little stranger than a US counterpart, the film encompasses everything great in a comedy and more with smart and sharp satire through the perspective of youth. We don't get to witness a lot of films that deal with communism and solidarity in comic format through young people. This is all so splendid but may prove very controversial for parents of conservative viewpoints. Let alone, it allows teenagers, even with multiple f-words and one use of the c-word to appreciate politics and current affairs surrounding their life and schooling.
It places every particular cliche out of the bin, with the exception of Bronstein's girlfriend, to great potential. The acting is pretty good from Jay Baruchel, often known for doing corny comedies. The influx of the dream sequences (falling baby), culture of Montreal's youth, the French-English cross-speech, and the ending credits and humour give a bit of a Wes Anderson meets John Hughes and pseudo-Sacha Baron Cohen feel to the film. Slight anomalies occur with the romance subplot and the loss of plotline momentum toward the middle and early 2/3rds.
Even if you're viewpoints regarding Trotsky and Lenin speak otherwise, let not this discourage you from seeing a film that is FAR better and intelligent than The Hangover."
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.
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.
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 ›
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Fun movie. It was a bit contrived, and the acting was shaky in spots. If you don't expect too much you will probably enjoy it.Published 7 days ago by Caleb
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 18 months ago by K. Hundley
First time movie reviewer here. Pleasantly surprised and delighted by this film. I'll be recommending it.Published 18 months ago by Jeffrey S Carson
Jay Baruchel doesn't have a single bad movie. Worth every penny!Published 18 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 21 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 22 months ago by Tina