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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.

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Robert Cohen

Writer:

Robert Cohen
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Cohen ... Himself
Kathy Griffin ... Herself
Conan O'Brien ... Himself
Dan Aykroyd ... Himself
Howie Mandel ... Himself
Geddy Lee ... Himself
Neil Peart ... Himself
Alex Lifeson ... Himself
Eugene Levy ... Himself
Will Arnett ... Himself
Caroline Rhea ... Herself
Morley Safer ... Himself
Seth Rogen ... Himself
Cobie Smulders ... Herself
Ann Luu Ann Luu ... Herself
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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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Not Rated
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Official Sites:

Official Facebook | Official site

Country:

Canada

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

18 September 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The History of Canadian Humour See more »

Filming Locations:

Canada

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GRAiNEY Pictures See more »
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Color | Black and White (archive footage)
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This movie was filmed entirely in Canada. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Conan O'Brien: It's this giant piece of white chocolate that sits on top of America.
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O Canada
(Canadian national anthem)
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Doc Has Some Humor & Interesting Factoids But Can Get Somewhat Repetitious
15 August 2016 | by larrys3See all my reviews

Comedy writer Robert Cohen, born in Calgary, Alberta directs this documentary which tries to delve into the Canadian psyche in various ways, including Cohen's perceptions of its love-hate relationship with the United States and the Canadian inferiority complex and apparent self-deprecation.

Cohen will try and put a humorous spin on those issues, as well as a number of others, as he travels by minivan across Canada, beginning in Nova Scotia and ending in Vancouver, British Columbia for Canada Day, some 9 days later. Along the way they'll be some interviews with various citizens in different milieus, as well as the perspectives of many famous Canadians, many of whom are household names.

As Cohen will come to learn, his original premise may have been rather faulty, and I can say that as an American, who's traveled to Canada a number of times, I've admired the Canadian lifestyle, and could easily see myself living there if circumstances warranted.

Note: there were no subtitles on my DVD copy and the sound quality could have been better.

Overall, I thought this film can be humorous and filled with interesting factoids about Canada.However, it can become repetitious, at times, perhaps with trying too hard to prove the premises of the filmmaker.


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