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When Calgarian Robert Cohen moved to L.A. to pursue his dreams of becoming a comedy writer, he quickly realized that his new friends and colleagues knew nothing but the usual stereotypes about his beloved homeland. After years of frustration, Robert decided to embark on a personal quest, traveling from one end of Canada to the other, to prove Being Canadian is more than just maple syrup and Mounties. Imagine Sherman s March or Roger and Me , but wearing a toque.
Being Canadian offers up a look inside the real Canada and by the time we hit Cohen s conclusion, you ll definitely appreciate why it s a wonderful mixed melting pot of great, proud people and quite right to. --The Hollywood News
A good-natured documentary --Liz Braun, Toronto Sun
Lightly amusing --Roger Moore, Movie Nation
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Here’s the "answer" that he didn't want to find: Canada is what happens when you have two different peoples locked in to sharing the same big country for largely commercial reasons. I'm not talking about the people that have flown-in or sailed-in in the last 40 years or the natives that have been around for 10,000 years, I'm talking the Anglo and French peoples that have been there for the last few centuries and who set the nation up in the first place.
The Anglos in the Canadian-equation have the upper-hand and they don't want to tick off the French in to effectively punching a big hole in an otherwise Anglo country, so they ended up with this bizzaro passive-aggressive Canadian Anglo culture which boils down to this: Don’t tick off the French, don't tick anybody else off because it might tick off the French, then finally: Ah hell, let's stop "ticking" altogether.
There's nothing “Uniquely Canadian” (which would inherently be Anglo in nature) because if there was it would -- again -- tick off the French and then they'd move to break-away again.
In the end, Canada is inherently at odds with itself, inwardly-focused. It's a case study in how not to build a country that has any heft in world affairs. A hundred, two hundred years from now, there'll probably have enough people on Mars or elsewhere to form a "nation" or two. Trust me, some wise-guy there is understandably going to speak up and say: “Jeez, don't turn this place in to (profanity) Canada lol.”
So, there’s your real answer, Robert. Still, overall good film. And I understand if you couldn’t “go there” with this picture and get at that hard truth (because politeness lol)
Growing up in the land of the Maple Leaf, I actually found this movie to be a fun nostalgic trip of beautiful scenery and dry humor. There were many celebrity cameos of the ilk -I didn't know he/she were Canadian!
I wish there were more references to the Canadian culture of working together, tolerance, and peace. Not to mention the many scientific, medical, music, athletic, leadership contributions Canadians have put in. Even if it was a super fast list of wonderful made in Canada ideas or concepts. Of course we could put in the uglies... And include what we have learned from it... Well, the movie may get too heavy if we go there.
Anyways, Canada and Canadians are the coolest, chill, and Zen beings.