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Being Canadian (2015)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Comedy | 18 September 2015 (USA)
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What does it actually mean to be Canadian? This humorous documentary, featuring interviews with a who's-who of famous media related Canadians, hopes to find the answer.


Robert Cohen


Robert Cohen
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Cohen ... Self
Kathy Griffin ... Self
Conan O'Brien ... Self
Dan Aykroyd ... Self
Howie Mandel ... Self
Geddy Lee ... Self
Neil Peart ... Self
Alex Lifeson ... Self
Eugene Levy ... Self
Will Arnett ... Self
Caroline Rhea ... Self
Morley Safer ... Self
Seth Rogen ... Self
Cobie Smulders ... Self
Ann Luu Ann Luu ... Self


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 ...

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An epic quest of apologetic proportions.


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This movie was filmed entirely in Canada. 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 »


Caroline Rhea: I love Canada, It's one of my favourite cities.
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O Canada
(Canadian national anthem)
Written by Calixa Lavallée, French lyrics by Adolphe-Basile Routhier, English lyrics by Robert Stanley Weir
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Funny and cute
21 March 2020 | by asage19See all my reviews

It's not a serious National Film Board of Canada documentary lol It's a short film, it's sweet and funny. He's right, however, in his conclusion. He didn't need to figure out what's different about Canada. He *is* behind the times. We know what's great and different about Canada and we enjoy the difference :) We just are Canadian. I haven't felt the need to wonder what makes us different in decades. So it was just kind of a funny, cute salute to Canada. My big beef with it is that he did *not* include the north, and c'mon guy, it *is* the true north, strong and free. Maybe 'cause he's lived away for so long, eh? ;>

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18 September 2015 (USA) See more »

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Color | Black and White (archive footage)
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