I don’t seek out documentaries to watch but occasionally there is one that catches my eye, either by the content, review or word of mouth. “Exporting Raymond” was one I saw a trailer of on imdb.com after seeing that it was playing at a local theater.
I have always loved the TV show “Everybody Loves Raymond” and seeing the behind the scenes business of shows and movies are one of my favorite things so being able to see the process of a TV show being created in a different country was VERY intriguing. My husband was a harder sell until I got him to watch the trailer and he was willing to give it a try.
Phil Rosenthal was the creator of the TV show, “Everybody Loves Raymond” (ELR). After the show wrapped up production for US television, he was contacted by the Sony company about the possibility of re-creating the show in Russia. He was surprised at some of the American shows that had been successfully remade in other countries. He agreed to proceed with this opportunity and headed for Russia, after bidding goodbye to his colorful family, many who were inspirations for the story lines in ELR. Immediately in Russia, it is not the contrast of cultures that is what makes this documentary so enjoyable to watch but it is Rosenthal’s reaction to all that happens around him that is so funny. He is hilarious, not just his comments but his face registers every feeling he is experiencing without having to say a word many times. (see the trailer at the link below):http://www.imdb.com/video/imdb/vi92380441/
The show is eventually made but that doesn’t ruin seeing the process that goes into it finally coming to fruition. If you don’t think you would like to watch a documentary, try this one. It is just fun! Even if you have never even seen an episode of “Everybody Loves Raymond”!