Film / The Trotsky

A 2009 Canadian film starring Jay Baruchel as Leon Bronstein, a high schooler who believes he is the reincarnation of Leon Trotsky - yes, that Leon Trotsky. After leading a remarkably unsuccessful hunger strike at his wealthy father (played by Saul Rubinek)'s factory, Leon transfers to the local public school and is shocked by the so-called injustices of the administration. He resolves to create a union and leads a ragtag team of students in accomplishing this goal, all while wooing a grad student named Alexandra, whom he believes he is fated to marry.

This film provides examples of:

  • Abomination Accusation Attack: "Are you going to be my Stalin, Dwight?"
  • Arc Words: "Apathy or Boredom?"
  • Apathetic Students: Leon's biggest challenge is getting the students to come together.
  • Badass Bookworm
  • Butt-Monkey: Everyone hates Dwight. When the students finally get organized to protest the school's administration, one of them is holding a sign that reads: "Down with Dwight".
  • Cool Loser: Both of Leon's friends in the student union. Leon himself could qualify but is visibly crazy enough to justify his isolation in the beginning.
  • Godwin's Law: Leon's sharp tongue is featured quite heavily in the movie. He questions why the school administration isn't wearing brown shirts at least once.
    • Leon's sister calls their father a Nazi.
  • He Is Not My Boyfriend: How Alexandra reacts when people (even jokingly) call Leon her boyfriend. Since Leon believes they are fated to marry, her reaction is somewhat unsurprising. She changes her mind.
  • High-School Dance: The theme is "Social Justice", suggested by Leon. Students dressed as Black Panthers, Maoists, Biblical characters, and characters from Animal Farm are seen.
  • Killer Rabbits: Leon and the students. While at first their demands seem relatively harmless they eventually kidnap and take the principal hostage.
  • La Résistance: What Leon wants to start.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: It's never made clear whether or not Leon really is the reincarnation of Trotsky.
  • May–December Romance: Leon's relationship with grad student Alexandra.
  • Rousing Speech: Many.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Leon's rants.
  • Shiksa Goddess: Leon's mom is not Jewish.
  • Soapbox Sadie: Leon can appear to be this at first, but later on it becomes clear he honestly cares about the cause.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Leon to Alexandra.
  • Take That!: A girl is kicked out of the above Social Justice Dance for dressing as Ayn Rand.
    "This is a fascist-free zone, Dwight."
  • True Companions: The students fighting for the union and eventually the whole school (excluding, perhaps, Dwight).
  • Windmill Crusader: While the principal of the school is a jerk, he's certainly not the evil fascist Leon paints him as. The other students involved in the cause, however, are far more grounded in reality.