Leon Bronstein is not your average Montreal West high school student. For one thing, none of his peers can claim to be the reincarnation of early 20th century Soviet iconoclast and Red Army hero, Leon Trotsky. When his father sends Leon to public school as punishment for starting a hunger strike at Papa's clothing factory, Leon quickly lends new meaning to the term 'student union', determined as he is to live out his pre-ordained destiny to the fullest and change the world.
|Actors:||Kaniehtiio Horn , Tommie-Amber Pirie , Sarah-Jeanne Labrosse , Jessica Paré , Colm Feore , Geneviève Bujold , Emily Hampshire , Jay Baruchel , Erika Rosenbaum , Saul Rubinek , Liane Balaban , Taylor Baruchel , Dan Beirne|
The director's biggest stroke of genius was casting Baruchel.Boxoffice Magazine Full Review
The Trotsky goes down easily and, for what it’s worth, is better mannered than most contemporary youth comedies.The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
Both cartoonish and cerebral, and studded with in-jokes referencing multicultural life in "la belle ville" and classic cinema, the colorful pic stretches its premise a bit thin over nearly two hours.Variety Full Review
The Trotsky runs 20 minutes too long and several rungs above the head of its target audience. And though Mr. Baruchel can be very funny in small doses -- a slacker sidekick in “Knocked Up,” a gung-ho kid in “Tropic Thunder” -- here he swiftly becomes insufferable, a neurotic nudnik in funeral director attire and John Turturro hairdo.The New York Times Full Review