A REAL comedy
A documentary on Phil Rosenthal's experiences during the making of "Voroniny," the Russian-language version of "Everybody Loves Raymond".
A fun look at the huge cultural difference between Russia and the US and how taking a simple show like 'Everybody Loves Raymond' to Russia proved frustrating, challenging and oddly hilarious. (Be sure to watch the included episodes of the Russian version and the American counterpoints back to back, it's fun!)
Even thought I was never a fan of the original show, I felt compelled to side with it's creator when trying to defend it's creative impulse. Trying to look beyond the gags that might not translate between both cultures and instead focus on the truly universal nuance of marriage. It really shows in a way how superfluous some of our big differences are.
As a lifelong TV nerd, this film is definitely right up my alley. Even though "Everybody Loves Raymond" was never my cup of tea, I found the doc to be pretty fascinating and amusing on its own. I'd definitely recommend this to anyone who is interested in the TV industry.
Phil Rosenthal created Everybody Loves Raymond. When the Russians called, wanting his input in creating a Russian version (Everybody Loves Kostya), he gets on a plane and finds ... a whole new sort of comedy. Are families and comedy the same everywhere? How does one navigate the Russian entertainment business? Can he keep the heart and soul of the American show while translating it to a different culture?
While Phil Rosenthal answers these questions, we see where a lot of the humor of the television show came from. He's quick with comic insights to everyday life that sound remarkably similar to those we see in clips of the show. As we follow his efforts, we get a new look at Russia, one that makes us feel remarkably at home in some cases.
Above all this made me want to rewatch Everybody Loves Raymond.
This documentary follows Phil Rosenthal, the co-creator of Everybody Loves Raymond, as he travels to Russia to assist in the creation of a Russian version of his hit show. There are many misunderstandings and failures to communicate between Phil and the Russian producers, writers, and directors that he works with. Some of these instances are humorous, but I found that they were more often uncomfortable and frustrating. And not necessarily uncomfortable in the way that shows like The Office and Extras portray comedy, either. I found Rosenthal's story more interesting than comical, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, I suppose. Maybe it's because I'd heard this documentary talked up so much on several comedy-based podcasts such as Marc Maron's WTF,…
Not only for "everybody who loves raymond" and his family - it´s a great way to see how similar and different we are when it comes to comedy. very entertaining.
A really interesting concept that is at time funny but is marred by a strange sense of documentary storytelling and the fact that Rosenthal alternates between being witty and being painfully annoying.
Reminded me of my radio/TV/film education.
I've always enjoyed cross-cultural explorations and this depiction of creating a Russian version of Everybody Loves Raymond didn't disappoint. At times it felt like they didn't have enough content to fill a feature length film (Rosenthal's preoccupation with his driver's health felt unnecessary) but what they do capture is a fascinating view of how comedy is translated as well as show business itself.
Interesting concept but it's not a documentary worth watching.
It's about the creator of Everybody Loves Raymond attempting to adapt the show for Russia. There is obviously a large culture gap so there are more than a few challenges.
There are a few problems. First, it's directed by Philip Rosenthal, the very focus of the documentary. Second, Everybody Loves Raymond is kinda lame and corny. Both of those combined only make things worse.
Still, it's not a horrible movie. There is some interesting stuff(a couple side stories just barely related to the show adaptation) but not enough. I didn't hate it but there are a thousand better documentaries and movies, skip this.