Friday, February 26, 2010

At last - a funny Canadian movie!

I just came across a write-up of Jay Baruchel (Night at the Museum, Knocked Up) the star of the Montreal-made movie The Trotsky, release date May 14. I caught the flic at last fall's Festival of New Cinema in La Belle Province......I have to tell you, this is actually a funny Canadian movie. I know, seems rather impossible, doesn't it?.....The film is about an ernest young radical (Baruchel) who thinks he's the reincarnation of Leon Trostsky the Russian revolutionary (ice-picked to death but that's another story). Even his dad (played hilariously by Saul Rubinek) is a scumbag factory owner.....This 17-year-old, being of capitalist pig parents, is used to attending elite private schools (ah, the contradictions!) but is forced to lower himself and attend a public one. He can't stand the conditions. So he starts organizing the otherwise space cadet students. He leads a revolution against high school principal Berkhoff (does that rhyme with anything?) played by Colm Feore....Also in the flic are Genevieve Bujold, and Michael Murphy as a kind of  apathetic 60s-era radical lawyer.....If you're a political Lefty you're going to LOVE this movie. For the rest of us it's just enough to see a Canuck film that isn't an angst-ridden tale set in the Canadian North.

1 comment:

  1. Sounds like a complete, plot-for-plot point unabashed remake of Wes Anderson's quite great "Rushmore". Not that there's anything wrong with that, if done right... but this sounds pretty borderline.