Everyone wants to make movies in Canada. They say it’s because they can do it for cheaper, but I think they really just love being here, drinking our Tim Horton’s and having people apologize to them all the time. Well unless they run into that guy at Ikea that I did today who clearly missed his lesson on not plowing a lady over with his tray of meatballs. Or if you ask us questions before we get our first coffee ingested. But otherwise, we’re a pretty polite bunch.
I always get excited when I watch a movie that has been filmed locally. The only thing that got me through the rest of our last camping trip was when my friend told me that a scene from Cheaper By the Dozen 2 had been filmed in the same slimy lake we were swimming in. She knows I can’t resist a brush with fame. If it’s good enough for Steve Martin, then it’s good enough for me. The next town over from mine, where my parents both grew up, is often used as a movie set, and there is always buzz in the paper about who was spotted, and what the storefronts have been transformed into. It’s exciting.
I’m also trying hard to figure out a logical place to drop that my dad went to high school with Eugene Levy and Martin Short, because I like to bring that up. A lot. Well it’s out now isn’t it? I’m practically famous. The fuss you’re making is just getting embarrassing.
Steve, Eugene, and Martin are just three in a loooooonnnnnngggg line-up of funny Canadians that have entertained the world. Jim Carrey lived in my town for a bit. Ryan Gosling grew up here! And John Candy’s cousin was my neighbour. You really want my autograph now don’t you?
Netflix has a whole bunch of movies that were either filmed in Canada, take place in Canada, or were created here. My kids are particularly fond of Diary of a Wimpy Kid – Dog Days, and Caillou. Guess which one I like? Maggie recites all of the scripts from Caillou, and you know she is mad at you if she calls you Rosie.
What are your favourite Canadian movies and TV shows? Here are a few suggestions available on Netflix.
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