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Exporting Raymond (2010)

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

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Philip Rosenthal

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Philip Rosenthal (as Phil Rosenthal)

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Credited cast:
Philip Rosenthal ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Peter Boyle ... Himself (archive footage)
Stanislav Duzhnikov Stanislav Duzhnikov ... Himself
Eldar Eldar ... Himself - First Driver
Anna Frolovtseva ... Herself
Boris Klyuev ... Himself
Jeffrey Lerner Jeffrey Lerner ... Himself - Sony VP (as Jeff Lerner)
Artyom Loginov Artyom Loginov ... Himself - Sony's Russia Executive
Katya Marakulina Katya Marakulina ... Herself - Production Manager
Shaban Muslimov Shaban Muslimov ... Himself - Director
Konstantin Naumochkin Konstantin Naumochkin ... Himself
Marina Naumova Marina Naumova ... Herself - Translator (as Marina)
Doris Roberts ... Herself (archive footage)
Ray Romano ... Himself
Elena Starodubtseva Elena Starodubtseva ... Herself
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Follow Phil Rosenthal, creator of the hit TV series 'Everybody Loves Raymond,' in this incredibly funny true story of the attempt to translate 'Raymond' into a Russian sitcom. A hilarious, warm and intimate journey of one man, considered an expert in his country, who travels to a distant land to help people that don't seem to want his help. Lost in Moscow, lost in his mission, lost in translation, Phil tries to connect to his Russian colleagues but runs into unique characters and situations that conspire to drive him insane. The movie is a true international adventure, a genuine 'fish out of water' comedy that could only exist in real life. Written by Anonymous

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Rated PG for brief language and smoking | See all certifications »
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USA | Russia

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Russian | English

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21 October 2010 (USA) See more »

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Экспорт Рэймонда See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$35,292, 1 May 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$83,894, 15 May 2011
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Connections

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Take Me to the River
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Performed by Big Mouth Billy Bass
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What a documentary should be!
28 October 2010 | by DirkesDigglerSee all my reviews

I know what you're thinking. "But I don't like 'Everybody Loves Raymond! Why would I want to watch this?" To which I reply, to your first point, "You are an asshole. It is a very good show, stop being an elitist prick and just enjoy yourself!" To your second, I reply, "You want to see this because it is, quite frankly, one of the funniest, sharpest, and completely entertaining documentaries I've ever seen." This is, in my opinion, the best documentary of the year. We follow Rosenthal from the original idea to the other side of the world as he tries to tune his show to fit the Russian sensibility, work in a creative environment that makes no sense to him, and deal with the absurd logistics of working in Russia. I cannot count the number of absolute laugh out loud moments in this film. Be it dealing with the new head of network comedy (a man who knows a significant amount more about lasers than comedy), trying to get the head of the Moscow Art Theatre to allow one of his actors to appear in the show (The Moscow Art Theatre is where Stanislavski did his writings on "the method," and Chekov premiered "The Seagull"), or attempting to translate the delicate physical comedy of a nut shot this movie has no shortage of genuinely funny moments. (At one point a joke about a "Fruit of the Month Club," had to be changed to "Water of the Week" because there is no "Fruit of the Month Club" in Russia… but apparently "Water of the Week" is a booming industry.) There are some touching scenes as well, Rosenthal bonding with his bodyguard (who would have preferred to have spent his life writing about sea shells), and spending an evening with a Russian family (and seeing just how similar we really are) add a nice emotional weight to the otherwise light proceedings. You could not write comedy this brilliant or moving. The film basically asks the question, "How difficult is it to let go of something you spent years of your life creating and let someone else make it their own." If you only see one documentary in the next two years, do yourself a favor and see this one.


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