"You won't fool the children of the revolution." -- T-Rex
Yeah, but what if the children of the revolution are fooling themselves? That's the central question of Reg Harkema's prickly, perverse and poverty-riddled new comedy Monkey Warfare -- a comedy that, bizarrely, has more in it to talk about than 90% of most dramas. In Toronto, Dan (Don McKellar) and his life-partner-in-crime Linda (Tracy Wright) make something like a living thanks to careful scavenging from other people's refuse and long-term rent control. Dan and Linda are living outside society -- yet still in the heart of it in downtown Toronto - because they have to: Years ago, as part of an act of protest, they severely burnt a security guard. Dan and Linda's relationship used to burn with revolutionary fervor, but now it's just embers -- they're tired, of life on the run and with each other. Their biggest solace, social crutch and anesthesia is weed -- and their supply dries up without much warning.
Chance has Dan meet Susan (Nadia Litz), and her youth and idealism appeals to Dan's jaded sensibilities -- as well as the fact that she's a smoking hottie with access to marijuana. Liz is distrustful of Susan and Dan's friendship for a number of reasons -- what if Susan's a cop? -- but Dan's not worried: "She's not that kind of heat." Dan shows Susan how he lives -- scrounging thrift stores for hidden treasures, jacking restorable furniture from the streetside when it's abandoned -- and she asks him about what it was like to be a real revolutionary. As Dan and Linda's neighborhood starts gentrifying, Susan begins acting on the principles Dan and Linda articulate -- with extreme methods, and extreme results.