My Uncle Rafael

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My Uncle Rafael
Uncle rafael.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byMarc Fusco
Produced byAnahid Avanesian
Michael Garrity
Vahik Pirhamzei
Randy Simon
Todd Slater
Written byScott Yagemann
Vahik Pirhamzei
Based onRafael Keroo Gandzere
by Vahik Pirhamzei
StarringJohn Michael Higgins
Missi Pyle
Vahik Pirhamzei
Music byJoey Newman
Christopher Westlake
CinematographyKeith Holland
Edited byMarc Fusco
World Entertainment Connections
Richmond Media Entertainment
The Nickel Palace
Distributed byRocky Mountain Pictures
Slater Brothers Entertainment
Release date
  • September 21, 2012 (2012-09-21)
Running time
102 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$1.3 million
Box office$210,156

My Uncle Rafael is a 2012 film directed by Marc Fusco. The screenplay was written by Scott Yagemann and Vahik Pirhamzei, based on Pirhamzei's play Rafael Keroo Gandzere.

Plot summary[edit]

A desperate TV producer convinces an old Armenian Uncle to star in a new reality show. Cultures collide when Uncle Rafael is thrown into the Schumacher family household where he has one week to save a broken and dysfunctional American family from falling apart. The only rule-everyone must follow his rules.


Critical reception[edit]

Aggregate reviewer website Metacritic gave the film a 36 out of 100 based on 5 reviews, indicating "generally unfavorable" reviews.[1]

Gary Goldstein of The Los Angeles Times:

My Uncle Rafael elicits plenty of goofy chuckles even as it regularly threatens to fly off the rails. The film, directed by Marc Fusco from a script by Scott Yagemann and star Vahik Pirhamzei (based on a character from Pirhamzei's stage plays), feels a bit made up as it goes along but, like the best send-ups, also never feels so far from the actual truth.[2]

Nick Schager of The Village Voice:

The term "contrived" doesn't begin to capture the sheer nonsensicality of this sitcom setup, but more painful is Rafael's shtick, which involves delivering endlessly flat punchlines such as, with regard to the show, "A pilot? But I don't fly." When not broadly riffing about love, commitment, and Jay-Z and Kim Kardashian, Rafael heals everyone around him (all of them dull types, including the angry goth teen and misbehaving young son) via advice like "When you learn to love someone without condition, you will be loved in return"—nauseating platitudes that turn the film into a comedy of corny homilies.[3]


  1. ^ "Critic Reviews for My Uncle Rafael". Metacritic. 2012-09-21. Retrieved 2012-10-18.
  2. ^ Goldstein, Gary (2012-09-20). "Review: Cultures collide in 'My Uncle Rafael'". Retrieved 2012-10-17.
  3. ^ "Film review for My Uncle Rafael". The Village Voice. 2012-09-19. Retrieved 2012-10-18.

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