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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. Written by
A very true, very hilarious satire/comedy, especially for people who love history
Wow... this movie was spectacular. I'll review this without spoiling anything. This is a great movie because it really dives into the rebellious spirit of high schoolers, but to an extent that's never touched upon, leftists. Sure we have our stoners who wear Che Guevara t-shirts, but it's not the same at all. I can assure that people like our main protagonist, Leon Brohnstein, exist, because I am very much like him. I'm a 17 year old who stands by a firm belief of power to the proletariat, as well as holding an immense respect for the figure Leon Trotsky. The jokes in this movie are hilarious, but will probably fly over the heads of those who don't know much about soviet history, or Trotsky in general. The joke that he believes he is the reincarnation of Leon Trotsky is done very well, and every factor about it is pretty hilarious. The movie has an array of leftist-related jokes, and each one of them works in their own way.
The jokes work perfectly to the movies credit, but with all of this, ties in a fairly real message. If you're treated unfairly, regarding school or work or anything, you shouldn't be afraid to join together and express your concerns in a union, and go to certain unorthodox extremes to achieve it. Now, of course, a lot of this still works in a satirical sense, but it's a strong message for what it is.
This movie is like Bizarro Gigli, it doesn't really know what it wants to be, but everything it tries to be, it succeeds immensely. And where Gigli is my least favorite movie, The Trotsky is by far one of my all time favorite movies, and I suggest it to any history nut, leftist, or just rebellious teen like myself.
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