Saturday, May 8, 2010


By D.E.Levine

A Tribeca Film Festival Selection

Director: Jacob Tierney
Writer: Jacob Tierney
Cast: Jay Baruchel, Emily Hampshire, Genevieve Bujold, Colm Feore, Saul Rubinek, Michael Murphey, David Julian Hirsh et al.
Producer: Kevin Tierney
Assistant Producer: Isabella Salas
Original Music: Malajube
Running Time: 113 Minutes
Country of Origin: Canada
Language: English with Frencg
Genre: Comedy

When 17-year old Leon Bronstein takes a summer job at his father's factory he insists on working among laborers instead of having a cushy office.

Convinced that he is the reincarnation of Leon Trotsky (original last name Bronstein), the teenage Leon soon organizes a hunger strike among the workers because of their half an hour lunch break and demands that they be allowed to unionize.

As a result, Leon's tuition to private school is cut off and he registers in public school where he joins the student union believing it to be a real union.

Although he finds this union primarily organizes student dances, Leon chooses "social justice" as a theme for the next school dance and offers other members of the student union a chance to form a real union in order for students to have equal representation

Organizing a student walkout, Leon tries to enlist the help of a former protester, Frank McGovern, and meets his daughter Alexandra. Since the real Leon Trotsky's first wife was also named Alexandra, was older than Trotsky and couldn't stand him when they met, the teenage Leon believes the meeting is "meant to be,"

The film has clever jokes and scenes, but it's a bit to0 long and meandering. While not a great film, this quirky comedy is thoroughly enjoyable.