Exporting Raymond

Exporting Raymond
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Exporting Raymond
USA, 2010, 86 Minute Running Time
Topics: Comedy, Documentary
Program: True Stories
Language: English, Russian English Sub-Titles

When Everybody Loves Raymond creator Phil Rosenthal decides to bring his highly successful sitcom to Russia, the move seems logical given the runaway success there of such transplanted shows as The Nanny. But when Rosenthal arrives in Moscow for a series of meetings with his Russian counterparts, logic quickly goes out the window. Soon, Rosenthal is living an episode right out of Raymond -- with colorful characters, uncomfortable situations, and a whole lot of miscommunication. It is a classic fish out of water scenario that not only makes for one of the most enjoyable documentary viewing experiences of the year, but is a fun house mirror reflection of how these two countries continue to misunderstand each other.

Whether battling with the intimidating costume designer, trying to hold his vodka at a dinner party, or talking to his parents on Skype, Rosenthal, something of a cross between Ray Romano and Larry David, exhibits a nebbishy charm and everyman quality. As Rosenthal sets out to prove that comedy is a universal language, he may have stumbled upon a corollary -- a movie about a comedy that nobody finds funny (at first) is pretty darn hilarious.

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DIRECTOR: Phil Rosenthal
Producer: Phil Rosenthal, John Woldenberg, Jim Czarnecki
Editor: David Zieff, Brian Singbiel
Screenwriter: Phil Rosenthal
Cinematographer: Geoffrey O’Connor
Music: Rick Marotta
Filmography: Debut feature
Print Source: Samuel Goldwyn Films - www.samuelgoldwynfilms.com

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