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Exporting Raymond

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Phil Rosenthal created one of the most successful sitcoms of all-time, Everybody Loves Raymond. He was a bona-fide expert in his craft. And then…. the Russians called. In the hilarious Exporting Raymond, a genuine fish-out-of-water comedy that could only exist in real life, Phil travels to Russia to help adapt his beloved sitcom for Russian television. The Russians don’t share his tastes. They don’t share his sense of humor. But what Phil did discover was a real comedy, filled with unique characters and situations that have to be seen to be believed. An audience award winner at multiple film festivals across the country, Exporting Raymond proves that even if you’ve never seen Everybody Loves Raymond, you’ll still enjoy this wildly entertaining film.


Producer-writer-director Phil Rosenthal had an inspired idea when he was invited to adapt his long-running sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond for the Russian market: take a camera crew along. Those are good comic instincts, and the resulting documentary, Exporting Raymond, is a regularly hilarious portrait of culture shock and the universal (or not) properties of the TV sitcom. After the U.S. Raymond completed its run, and in the wake of a successful Russian version of The Nanny, it seemed natural enough for Rosenthal to journey to Moscow (and a suspiciously dark, foreboding film studio) to oversee the newly discovered business of the Russian sitcom. Since the team is working from the original Raymond scripts, and that show was a huge hit, it should be no problem, right? Soon enough, Rosenthal runs into humorless network executives, a glammed-up costume designer who believes the working-class characters should be dressed in chic outfits, and unmarried writers who can't understand why the show's put-upon hero wouldn't simply assert himself in his marriage. Still, everybody sincerely wants to make Everybody Loves Costya, and the process of casting and rewriting is hugely entertaining to watch. Rosenthal himself proves a dab hand with a deadpan one-liner, and he's got a good eye for the poignant detail (such as his Russian chauffeur, who once dreamed of studying marine biology but was derailed into the military at an early age). Rosenthal's trump card is pure Americana: a couple of appearances by his own parents, who are still figuring out the Internet. Now that's comedy gold. --Robert Horton

Special Features

Commentary with Writer/Director Philip Rosenthal
Deleted Scenes
Everybody Loves Kostya - Russian Episodes
Everybody Loves Raymond Episodes
Old Jews Telling Jokes: "Restaurant" By Max Rosenthal

Product Details

  • Actors: Philip Rosenthal, Stanislav Duzhnikov, Anna Frolovtseva, Boris Klyuyev, Konstantin Naumochkin
  • Directors: Philip Rosenthal
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, English, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 2, 2011
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0051ED9B2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,396 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Exporting Raymond" on IMDb

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By Steve Ramm TOP 100 REVIEWER on July 24, 2011
Format: DVD
First off, I need to admit that I've never watched a full episode of the TV series "Everyone Loves Raymond", starring Ray Romano. But I love entertainment documentaries and, since the press releases said that you didn't need to be a regular ELR fan to enjoy this film, I approached it from that angle.

Phil Rosenthal is the creator - and original scriptwriter and Director - of ELR. After the show became a success for Sony TV Productions, the studio got a call from the Russian TV network. Russian versions of both "The Nanny" and "Who's The Boss" were a huge success - with new episodes using adapted U.S. scripts performed in Russian by Russian actors. So they wanted to try ELR. Rosenthal was sent to Russia to accomplish this and decided to bring along a camera crew to document the process. Things didn't go quite like it was planned and - as you will see in this 85-minute film - it wasn't just the language that was different; it was a cultural difference as well.

Rosenthal narrates the film to hold it together. We first meet his parents, who formed the basis for the parents in ELR played by Peter Boyle and Doris Roberts. They are funny and their appearances provided some of the best laughs. The situations used in the episodes were always based on real life experiences from both Rosenthal and Romano. So off we go to Russia to cast the show. This wasn't easy because of Russian actors only work part of the day. And there are certain cultural icons that just don't translate. I won't give away too much of the plot, because that's where the fun lies. But, eventually they succeed is getting the show exported. That is obvious because - in a clever move in DVD packaging - the DVD contains two U.S. ELR episodes and their Russian equivalent (with subtitles of course).
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Fascinating and humorous peek into the global business of comedy, the working heart of the tv sitcom "Everyone Loves Raymond", and the tangled world of Russia and her people.

Phil Rosenthal was the man behind the scenes, head writer and chief architect for what became a weekly institution for millions of fans. And in 2010, he was offered the chance to sit down and advise Russian television on their version of the show - 'Everyone Loves Kostya'. What makes this so engaging, not having seen Phil before in real life, is just how much he *is* Raymond. That Romano the actor and Phil the writer are mutual halves of the same person; his emotional reactions, facial expressions, sense of timing are the very embodiment of the television character they humourously delivered to the small screen.

But this wouldn't be nearly as entertaining if it were such a simple project. Far from it. And the dark, cold and rainy night that greets him as he arrives in Moscow is the harbinger of many similar days to come.

Our first glimpse of 'this-might-not-work' arrives in the form of the Costume Designer. She's never seen the show. And her desire is to display the cast in the very best haute couture. Phil is stymied and concerned as he attempts to explain that these characters need to be average people with average looks wearing average clothes. This information not only falls on deaf ears, but in fact offends her and her diva sensibilities.

Oh boy.

Next is the Head Writer. In addition to not seeing the show, is unmarried. And he honestly cannot understand why the Raymond character appears to be, from his bachelor perspective, a wimp. In fact, he visualizes a new and improved Raymond: A man of strength, of machismo, and the New Russia.
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By Chris L. on August 12, 2011
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While for years I'd heard of the Raymond TV show I never came around to taking in more than an episode or two. I was invited to a screening of the film before it's theatrical run this past spring and wow was I pleasantly surprised. Phil Rosenthal is one of the more genuine, endearing, and funny people I've had the pleasure of watching in a documentary. Not only is the film hilarious but there was a conspicuous arc to the piece. Phil entered his situation one way and came out the other end a man with a newer and deeper understanding of what it means to be positive and open-minded. I give this film my highest recommendation.
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For me the only activity enjoyed alone better than eating a great meal or another treat is seeing a great movie. After so many years of successful sit-com treats Phil Rosenthal does it again. He has, in "Exporting Raymond", provided us with not only a treat but, yet again, a funny and wonderful "tasting" meal. The gift here is a close up and personal look at the all too human experience of the Aritst that is not only funny but poignant. A successful sit com finds a home in a very foreign country through the shear tenacity of its creator. The journey starts with a simple introduction to Rosenthal through snapshots of his family and then continues slowly into a darker place with Writer's who at first don't get it, a wardrobe Mistress with her own style, to the very familiar "suits" (network executives) who seem to stare as if we were still in the midst of the Cold War. Poignancy is surprisingly presented by the relationship that Rosenthal develops with his Driver. The humor is abundant but not as much as the two scenes with Rosenthal's parents who steal the show and get the big laughs. This is not only worth buying but worth seeing more than once. A delightful meal!
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