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Watch a Promo for the Russian Version of 'How I Met Your Mother'

by Joel Keller, posted Mar 22nd 2011 6:00PM
The Russian 'How I Met Your Mother'This year, a film called 'Exporting Raymond' is making its way around the festival circuit. A documentary from 'Everybody Loves Raymond' co-creator Phil Rosenthal, it follows him in his efforts to export his classic sitcom to Russia, where most of what he knew about funny sitcoms gets lost in translation.

But 'Raymond' isn't the only show being exported to the Land of Putin, which I found out today when I came across this clip, helpfully provided by Slate (via Videogum). It's a promo for the new Russian version of 'How I Met Your Mother.'

Yes, everyone's favorite hip but earnest sitcom is going to be keeping folks across Russia occupied during those long, cold winter nights, and if the promo is any indication, it's going to be a damn near clone of the 'HIMYM' we know and love... with a few notable exceptions. Video and more after the jump.

One of the most striking things about the promo is that the guy who plays Russian Barney is way older than not only the rest of the cast, but than Neil Patrick Harris. Maybe he's going to be an older mentor schooling Russian Ted in the ways of romance. Or the guy could be 30 years old, but has just been hitting the vodka Charlie Sheen-style and shows the results.

Also, for some reason, Russian MacLaren's looks like a cross between a trendy club in New York's Meatpacking district and Cappy's Sea Shanty. And Russian Robin (I'm assuming that the brunette girl Russian Ted goes gaga over in the promo is the Robin equivalent) isn't nearly as hot as Cobie Smulders.

Otherwise, it looks creepily the same, complete with the cutaways that 'HIMYM' is known for. While watching the clip, I was wondering if Carter Bays and Craig Thomas went to Russia, just like Rosenthal, to shepherd this version into being and to make sure it looked and felt the same as the original. They didn't, according to Variety. Too bad; I was looking forward to seeing a documentary called 'Exporting Mother.'

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