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A desperate TV producer convinces an old Armenian Uncle to star in a new reality show. Cultures collide when Uncle Rafael is thrown into the Schumacher family household where he has one week to save a broken and dysfunctional American family from falling apart. The only rule-everyone must follow his rules. Written by
My Uncle Rafael is genial enough for kids to view but not good enough
to particularly recommend. It plays like one gigantic, scrupulous
parable and sometimes forgets it's also supposed to be entertaining. It
has its heart in the right place, as most family films do, but its
execution, punchlines, and dialog sometimes make it seem more cut out
to serve as a homemade film for church than a theatrical production.
The title character is played by Vahik Pirhamzei, who made the
character popular in his home country of Armenia. He is a seventy-one
year old, bluntly honest uncle who uses morals and dialect from the old
country to give people advice and encouragement in present day America.
I've always silently felt that in times like these, when people seem to
becoming more and more intellectually and morally vapid, that people
like Uncle Rafael are almost essential to the prosperity of
good-natured wholesomeness in society.
A TV producer thinks so too. Desperate for a show idea, she convinces
Rafael in his son's coffee shop to star in the pilot of a reality show,
helping a dysfunctional family who is currently filing for divorce. The
couple is Blair (Missi Pyle) and Jack (Anthony Clark of TV's Yes,
Dear), who have been going through a rough patch since Blair insists
that Jack cheated on her the night he got drunk at a party. Their two
children, Kim and Beau, are caught in the middle of this, and are
finding it difficult to adapt to mom's new boyfriend Damon (John
Michael Higgins), a cocky, often obnoxious know-it-all.
Uncle Rafael sees how deeply dysfunctional the family is and tries to
lay down ground rules that they must obey. The obligatory happens when
we see how everyone but Jack is against Rafael and his old-school
ideology until they see that he actually may be able to help them in
their marital quandary.
There are two main issues with the premise that must be addressed. One,
the comedic elements never seem to be funny or amusing as the writer
thinks they should be. The problem is you couldn't do a
fish-out-of-water story like this without the fish himself being funny
and showing him having a difficult time assimilating to a culture not
his own. Most, if not all, of the puns in the film fall flat. When the
TV producer asks Rafael if he'd be interested in doing the pilot for
the show, he replies, "pilot? But I don't fly." At later points in the
film he enjoys quoting and impersonating Jay-Z, as well as cracking
strangely unnecessary and - most of all - unfunny jokes about Kim
Kardashian. Things like that grow tiresome quickly.
However, I can't fault the film for being at least marginally
successfully at its goal, which is to show that life-problems can be
repaired with a certain amount of effort and commitment. Pirhamzei does
a capable job at bringing his extremely moral character to at least
some level where it's possible to have a connection with him. Pyle and
Clark have chemistry that's rewarding to watch, and, no matter how
textbook everything is solved, there's at least enough human interest
to make you want to see these characters come out successful in the
Is there a market for a film like My Uncle Rafael? I suppose but I
think you'll have to do a little searching to find it. Many parents may
disregard the film for its cultural differences, which while shallow is
understandable in a basic sense. However, I do see the parents who
courageously buy the film when released not having to sit through it
multiple times unlike some kid films. This is the kind of film where
the message rings true once and the more you see it the more deluded it
gets. Imagine the film being a pitcher Kool-Aid and every time you
rewatch the film you had a fourth of a cup of water to the pitcher.
Starring: Vahik Pirhamzei, Missi Pyle, Anthony Clark, and John Michael
Higgins. Directed by: Marc Fusco.
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