Film / Hipsters

This article is about the work. For the trope, see Hipster.

Hipsters is a Russian musical directed by Valery Todorovsky in 2008. It was screened at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2009. Mels, an average young adult living in 1950s Communist Russia, meets a beautiful hipster who goes by the name of Polly. For pretty obvious reasons, he gets drawn into her world and soon becomes a hipster himself.


  • An Aesop: It's not important what the style is. What matters is that the style exists.
  • Color-Coded Characters: Word of God states that the trope was deliberately exaggerated, with the hipsters wearing outrageously colorful clothing, and the "squares" clad in dull grey apparel.
  • Femme Fatale: Polly starts off as one.
  • The Fifties: A rather balanced view of the Fifties in Soviet Russia, as a time of both post-war depression, political pressure and paranoia - and a longing for a bright abd flashy life.
  • From Bad to Worse: Subverted, surprisingly. Late in the movie, many bad things happen, but most of the time the characters manage to shrug it off and continue having fun, until the final scenes.
  • Gainax Ending: The movie ends with a parade of different subcultures on the Red Square.
  • Mood Whiplash: The film, sometimes jarringly, swings from a light-hearted musical to serious period drama.
  • Nerd Glasses: Worn by Bob (the chubby guy).
  • Jerk Ass: Polly, Fred and their friends act downright mean towards Mel at first, but become much nicer when he wins the crowd.
  • Large Ham: Sergey Garmash as Mel's father acts in its usual over-the-top style, and steals quite a few scenes.
  • Na´ve Newcomer: Mel among the hipsters. Naturally, he goes through a lot of hazing.
  • Period Piece
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Subverted. Mel's father is a veteran of the Great Patriotic War who definitely went through a lot, but keeps his cheerful demeanor.
  • Shout-Out
    • Fred giving Mel the Kama Sutra could well be a shout out to American Pie, where the protagonist is also given a sex text book by a more experienced friend.
    • Polly giving birth to a black baby, and the kid being passed around by a surprised crowd is a definitely a shout out to the Soviet movie Circus (1936).
  • Win the Crowd: In-Universe, Mel has to do it to win the "hipsters'" favour.