EXPORTING RAYMOND

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011 at 11:39 am . By Dr Joy .

EXPORTING RAYMOND

SYNOPSIS

A documentary on Phil Rosenthal’s experiences during the making of “Voroniny,” the Russian-language version of “Everybody Loves Raymond”.

JOY’S REVIEW

This is actually a fascinating documentary about cross-cultural differences. Sony Pictures has successfully imported The Nanny and Married with Children to Russia. Successfully transporting a show that already has a script in place and the plots in place is a hugely advantageous proposition financially. They want to do the same with Everybody Loves Raymond. They took the producer, Phil Lebenthal, and sent him to Russia to try and see if they could do it. What ensues is sort of a teeth-mashing difference in cultures and styles and how sort of people can begin to work together. It’s an absolutely fascinating documentary. Because he’s kind of witty in a neurotic, Woody Allen kind of way, it makes the documentary more fun than most documentaries. In terms of an ego piece I’d probably give it three stars. In terms of a cross cultural look at the difference about what makes people laugh I’d probably give it four stars. In terms of how to negotiate with people by walking a mile in their wooden shoes, I’d probably give it five. Overall we’ll give it four stars.

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