The Trotsky is unabashedly Canadian. It's got eTalk appearances, K'naan on the soundtrack and quirky French-Canadian humour. And it's actually funny. Jay Baruchel stars as Leon Bronstein, a spoiled teenage brat who believes he's the reincarnation of Bolshevik leader Leon Trotsky. Following in his predecessor's footsteps, Leon tries to bring socialism to high school while also professing his undying love to the first woman he meets who's named Alexandra - just like Trotsky's first wife.
Jacob Tierney's impressive sophomore directorial outing is nowhere near as revolutionary as its titular namesake, treading deep in high school movie clichés. But it works far better than most in its genre. Meanwhile, Baruchel owns the pic, taking his geek persona to a new level of empowerment and psychosis.