The Trotsky
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An unusually intense teenager gets the idea that his name defines his destiny in this offbeat comedy. Leon Bronstein (Jay Baruchel) is a young man who has made the discovery that his birth name is the same as that of Leon Trotsky, the celebrated Russian revolutionary and socialist theorist. This coincidence leads Leon to believe that he is the reincarnation of Trotsky and it is his destiny to follow his path as closely as possible -- which is a bit difficult when you have rich parents and attend an upscale private school in Montreal. Leon's father (Saul Rubinek) gives his son a part-time… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Fitfully charming and sitcom cute."
‑ Stephen Cole, Globe and Mail
"Baruchal gives a charming performance, full of intellectual wit and good-natured charisma, but also take-charge sex appeal, albeit of the nerd variety."
‑ Dan Jardine, Cinemania
"If it weren't for Jay Baruchel's disarming charm and natural sense for comic delivery, "The Trotsky" wouldn't work anywhere near as well as it does."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Tierny's script is smart and funny although some of the jokes are likely over the heads of a teen audience, who may not be up on their Russian revolutionary lore."
‑ Linda Barnard, Toronto Star
"Handful of gags fall flat and those who can only handle low doses of Barchuel may grow tired of his shtick, but it's a curiously enjoyable experience and educational, too."
‑ Perri Nemiroff,
"The Trotsky is an endearing comedy that at times flirts with greatness, and those times are courtesy of Jay Baruchel's performance."
‑ Liz Braun, Jam! Movies
"Runs 20 minutes too long and several rungs above the head of its target audience."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"If Norma Rae and Ferris Bueller's Day Off had a child, you've got to think it would probably be a lot like The Trotsky, a smart - if overlong - indie teen comedy."
‑ Mike Scott, Times-Picayune
"There's a solid sense, in its many subversive comical moments, that beyond the private emotional immediacy of Blackberries and Palm Pilots we are all propelled inside this larger, constantly evolving collective force called history, no matter what age."
‑ Prairie Miller, NewsBlaze
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