BEING CANADIAN chronicles the real-life quest of Robert Cohen, a proud Canadian, who left his hometown of Calgary and moved to the U.S. to start a career as a TV comedy writer. He started noticing how people outside Canada knew very little about his beloved homeland. After decades of ignorance, insults, and indifference, he decides to do something about it. Rob sets off on an epic personal quest, driving across Canada from East to West, to confirm the country he identifies with is still as he remembers or changed. Interwoven with this journey are interviews with a variety of famous media personalities along with Canadian commoners he meets along the way. His deadline? Midnight on Canada Day, in Vancouver. Common topics dealt are Canadian culture of kindness, Inferiority complex and passive aggressive behavior, Roots of Canadian humor, Canadian circus, Partition of Quebec, Canada's national game, food, contributions...etc. Imagine 'Sherman's March', but wearing a toque and along the ...
Many of the same actors - Eugene Levy, Howie Mandel, William Shatner, Morley Safer, Martin Short, Rich Little, Alan Thicke - appear in a 1985 documentary called "The Canadian Conspiracy" about Canada taking over America using Canadian Culture. Mission accomplished. See more »
when the crew enters Ottawa it is apparently 6 days before July 1st. They are seen skating on the canal and tubing down a snow covered hill. There is no way that the canal would be frozen and a hill would be covered in snow this time of year. This shows that the visit to Ottawa must have been during the winter and not during this so called road trip that the film makers make us believe they are on. See more »
More than Inuits and beer....You get to see many famous and entertaining Canadians...as well as Paul Shaffer!
This is a charming documentary from Robert Cohen, a Canadian who writes and produces in Hollywood. The film consists of many, many, many interviews with mostly Canadians as well as footage of Cohen taking a roadtrip across the nation. It explores many topics including what it is to be 'Canadian nice', comedy, the cold, the country's love-hate relationship with the USA and why Canada doesn't suck. All in all, the film works well because Cohen was a nice host and there were so many famous Canadians who took part in the film. A gentle sense of humor and very enjoyable.
All this being said, I was shocked that the film had no captions of any sort. My deaf daughter could not watch the film but French- Canadians who do not speak English also cannot enjoy the movie--a very, very strange omission considering the subject matter!!
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