Being Canadian (2015)

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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.

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All Critics (9) | Top Critics (2)

It's all pleasant enough, but the film, ultimately more of a checklist than an in-depth analysis, never really shines any fresh light on Canada's identity crisis or gets to the source of all those preconceived notions.

Sep 17, 2015 | Full Review…

[A] good-natured documentary.

May 7, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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Being Canadian reifies stereotypes under the guise of deconstructing them, and panders to the pernicious idea of celebrity authority (with a few experts and plucked-from-the-crowd civilians sprinkled in for good measure).

Jan 2, 2016 | Full Review…

Being Canadian is more of a pandering stunt than a proper documentary, filled with easy jokes and semi-comical historical observations, but not much in the way of actual insight.

Dec 18, 2015 | Rating: 2/5

Another shallow, easy, and small-time immersion in the sort of nationalistic navel-gazing most people outgrew years ago.

Nov 12, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Like our good neighbor to the north, this first-person documentary is genial, amusing and a little bit dull.

Sep 16, 2015 | Full Review…

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