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  • Summary: Moscow 1955. Stalin has been dead two years, but not even Khrushchev!s thaw can prevent Komsomol shock troops from hounding hipsters, fans of American jazz, culture and fashion. The student Mels, a Komsomol member, meets Polya, a hipster, while conducting a raid on a hipster hangout. Mels falls in love with Polya while his Communist comrade Katya,harbors romantic feelings for him. Mel ingratiates himself into a Polya!s group of hipsters who meet up on
    “Broadway” and he begins adapting their extreme fashion and lifestyle. Soon, Mels is a hit on the dance floor and starts
    learning to play the saxophone. He is expelled from college, changes his name to Mel and has the beautiful Polya for a girlfriend. Katya tries to dissuade Mel from the hipster lifestyle but fails. Polya becomes pregnant and the couple!s hipster lifestyle is threatened as members of their scene start abandoning their wild ways. (Leisure Time Features)
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  1. Reviewed by: Ella Taylor
    Feb 24, 2012
    85
    The hipster moment may have faded fast through repression and attrition, but in Todorovsky's reading, it was crucially formative on today's Russian youth.
  2. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    Feb 21, 2012
    80
    The spirited young cast includes the luminous Oksana Akinshina, best known for her title role in Lukas Moodysson's devastating "Lilya 4-Ever," who still lights up the screen like few actresses in the world.
  3. Reviewed by: Diego Costa
    Oct 24, 2011
    75
    An over-the-top Russian musical about hipsters set in 1950s Moscow, where getting a non-pastel-colored tie is a mafia-mediated operation and a saxophone is considered a concealed weapon? Yes, please.
  4. Reviewed by: Mark Feeney
    Apr 12, 2012
    75
    Hipsters is also kind of amazing, thanks to headlong enthusiasm and an endearing obliviousness to just how ghastly the whole thing keeps threatening to become.
  5. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Feb 23, 2012
    70
    Who knows if anything remotely resembling the culture of Hipsters really existed? It's a musical, after all. In any case this movie, which won the 2009 Nika (the Russian Oscar) for best picture, is an endearing curiosity that, at 125 minutes, is as badly in need of a trim as the hair of its comically coiffed dandies.
  6. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Feb 21, 2012
    60
    Hipsters is also a musical (in an intentionally naive "Absolute Beginners" vein), and while everything looks glinty and gorgeous, the story's political edge is dulled by excessive levity.
  7. Reviewed by: Leslie Felperin
    Oct 24, 2011
    50
    Although a massive hit at home, taking approximately $16 million at the wickets, this great-looking but tonally uneven pic won't jive with audiences quite so well anywhere else.

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