Thursday, August 4, 2011

Real life comedy with Exporting Raymond

While the show was always very popular in North America (my parents, among others, were fans) I never watched Everybody Loves Raymond.  It just wasn't my style.  I was in high school and I thought I was too cool for the trials and tribulations of a married couple and their crazy family.

Well, series creator Phil Rosenthaal has managed to charm me with his recently release documentary, chronicling his trials and tribulations in attempting to export "Raymond" to Russia.  Exporting Raymond is a funny little doc that's never too hard hitting or sad but manages to keep you just engaged enough to find it entertaining.  The story follows Rosenthaal as he flies to Russia and meets with network executives and a new writing team with whom he simply cannot seem to communicate.  Culturally out of place and linguistically challenged (though he has a translator), Phil struggles to make himself heard as his little television show goes from popular Hollywood show to over-the-top Russian melodrama.  Will they succeed?  Well you'll have to watch to find out.

Special mention should go to Rosenthaal's parents who show up briefly in two scenes and steal them both.  It seems he based his television family on his real one and they absolutely run away with the show.  If you're looking for something airy and enjoyable then check this one out.

My rating: 2.5 out of 4

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