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Saturday, October 12, 2013

EXPORTING RAYMOND (2010)

And the trailer looked so funny. Phil Rosenthal, one of the top creative guys on EVERYONE LOVES RAYMOND, flies to Moscow to help start up a Russian version of the popular domestic Sit-Com, rechristened EVERYONE LOVES KOSTYA. Struggling to retain the show’s tone of wry, observational humor, he’s met with wacky comic exaggeration, Soviet-era production facilities and non-starter ideas about designer duds for his cast. It’s hard to know who you’d rather strangle first, Rosenthal with his unchanging quizzical expression or the uncomprehending Russian tv pros he’s up against. A couple of sidebar looks at life & times away from the studio give a bit of relief, they might work as the ‘light’ feature on a Sunday Morning news show, but this painfully conventional documentary offers little enlightenment other than the notion that ‘bland’ loses little in translation.

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