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The Trotsky

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Canada
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2010

2h 0m

Director Jacob Tierney
Starring Jay Baruchel, Emily Hampshire, Geneviève Bujold, Colm Feore
Genre Comedy
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In this oddball comedy, a high school student from Montreal, Leon Bronstein, claims to be the reincarnation of 20th century Soviet hero Leon Trotsky and is determined to bring new meaning to the words "student union." He begins by leading a revolution among his fellow students against apathy.

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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.
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The New York Times by Jeannette Catsoulis

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.