LET'S ALL HATE TORONTO (Albert Nerenberg, Rob Spence) Rating: NNN
I could give you a long list of reasons to hate Toronto, but they're not in Albert Nerenberg's new tongue-in-cheek documentary. They're things you had to live here to "appreciate," whereas in Let's All Hate Toronto Nerenberg and Toronto marketing maven Rob Spence (aka Mr. Toronto) tour the country to ask everyone else why they loathe the city.
The duo uncover familiar stereotypes and myths, which the film attempts to debunk with varying degrees of success. Such as: Toronto is stressful, polluted and obsessed with money (all true, but also true of other big financial centres); Leafs fans are obnoxious (also true, although probably not more so than any other fandom).
The media are a knottier problem. Simple demographics explain their focus on the GTA, but you can't blame non-Torontonians for resenting the fact that the "national broadcaster" shows so many Leafs games, or that "national newspapers" publish so much about one area.
Simply put, the film gives the impression that what a lot of the country would like is for Toronto to shut the hell up. Ironically, by publicly investigating the problem of why Canada hates our town, Nerenberg and Spence may be contributing to it.
(June 28-July 3, Bloor Cinema)