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(Robert Co­hen, Canada/U. S.). 89 min­utes. Rat­ing: NN Hav­ing lived in the U. S. for a cou­ple of decades as a writer for such shows as The Simp­sons and The Big Bang The­ory, Al­berta- born Robert Co­hen de­cides to ex­plore what it means to be Canadian by driv­ing a mini­van across the na­tion, ask­ing or­di­nary peo­ple how they view them­selves, and eat­ing pou­tine.

Filled with easy jokes and semi­com­i­cal his­tor­i­cal ob­ser­va­tions, Be­ing Canadian is more of a pan­der­ing stunt than a proper doc­u­men­tary, That would be fine ex­cept that many of the fa­mous Canadian friends Co­hen in­ter­views for talk­ing-heads seg­ments (among them Mike My­ers, Alan Thicke, Dave Fo­ley, Co­bie Smul­ders and Rush) take his ques­tions more or less se­ri­ously, dis­cussing their iden­tity and cul­tural re­spon­si­bil­i­ties in thought­ful an­swers that Co­hen then dis­misses with a shrug and a hockey joke. A real let­down, eh?

Apr 25, 9: 45 pm, Bloor Hot Docs; Apr 26, 3: 30 pm, Hart House

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