as a friend of mine said, "it was as good as a teenage comedy could be." it was nice to finally watch a film about teenagers that wasn't overwhelmingly disgusting and inevitably leads to me wretching in the bathroom. i found the film entertaining without being ridiculous, smart without being condescending, and i think, if there was less cursing, anyone could really enjoy this movie.
How this film slipped under-the-radar is beyond me. This is hilarious in affectionately pointing out the pros of Left-leaning ideas (democratic unionizing) and the cons of authoritarian Left role models (whose violent Commie uprisings proved that two wrongs don't make a right). This is smart, savvy comedy drama at its finest. What an underrated gem of a film.
Teenage comedies have long featured eccentric and quirky leading characters, but few are as inventive as the hero of this little gem here. Full review: http://cinephiledreams.blogspot.com/2013/12/the-trotsky-2009.html
Absolutely brilliant. The Trotsky is to 2009 what Rushmore was to 1998. They share the same surreal, absurd, compulsive attention to details. This redefines the high school genre. It's a cross between Goodbye, Lenin and Assassination of a High School President. Kudos to Jacob Tierney.
I even tried to see it as a first approach to people who had never even heard of Trotsky, or something like that, but no... it's almost as if the director was using his character to talk about something he could maybe admire, but the distance he puts between himself and his characters for me is way too much to bare. it sounds like an apology for believing something different from capitalism is possible.
Anyone who is looking for any hint of real politic/intellectual points in this movie will be totally disappointed: it turns any leftist motivation into childish and unreal fight. But if you take it as a teenage comedy (as it should be, of course!) you get to really enjoy it. The protagonist is wonderful and most of the movie is pretty smart.
It seems as though every young 'auteur' imagines he can just add some affected, irritating quirkiness to any formula narrative and end up with something new and remarkable. I call it the Little Miss Sunshine Syndrome. The Trotsky is everything that's wrong with contemporary indie film. Trite, unimaginative, smug, and enamored of its 'cuteness.' Visually quoting Potemkin doesn't make you intelligent.
Laughed a lot at this comedy. Cute, witty and a crash course in Labor Relations and the history of Leon Trotsky. Jay Baruchel is adorable and insanely awkward as ever. Plus small appearance of Jessica Pare for all you Mad Men fans!