A white corporate executive is surprised to discover that he has a black teen-age son who can't wait to be adopted into the, almost-exclusively-white community of, San Marino, California.

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A white corporate executive is surprised to discover that he has a black teen-age son who can't wait to be adopted into the, almost-exclusively-white community of, San Marino, California. Written by K. Rose <rcs@texas.net>

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" I lost my job, my house and my Rolls Royce; My family left me...What else can possibly go wrong?" "Hi, Dad!" See more »

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25 September 1981 (USA)  »

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George Segal turned down the lead role in Arthur (1981) to appear in this. See more »

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In a close shot of Walter and Rodger where in the Rolls Royce driving the rear view mirror is missing and then when they pulled out to a long shot the rear view mirror was back in place. See more »

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Walter Whitney: I don't mind living in Watts, but do we have to live in the poor section?
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Referenced in The New York Ripper (1982) See more »

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I'm Gonna Get Closer to You
Music by Bill Conti
Lyrics by Paul Williams
Performed by Dan Seals (as England Dan Seals)
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Funny and Informative Comedy 10 of 10
27 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I liked this movie and found it to be very funny. I watched it as a kid and have looked for it ever since. I first found the VHS tape in Savons and later the DVD in Circuit City.

The movie demonstrated that even though society supposedly changed their view on Blacks, there were still racial undertones. These racial undertones were a reminder that being Black or labeled as family or friend of Blacks wasn't acceptable on an equal level. The film tells the story of a predominately wealthy White man who rose to wealth because he married into it. Then his quick demise because he chose to accept an illegitimate Black son. He was supposedly very much in love with the mother of his son but didn't want to marry her because she was black and it would be bad for business. The film showed how he had to adjust to the lack of support from family, friend and viewed things from the other side of the tracks. It was funny that through out most of the movie he was being a wimp and suffered for it. Then towards the end learns some things about himself.

Denzel Washington's character was funny because of his quick witty responses and view point of the real world even before the father realized things. Also, towards the end his character had more depth than at first realized.

The movie was very informative about the 1980s racial and social environment. The comedy presented things in a funny manner in which to explain the stereotypes and their effects on the characters. It was funny to the audience and will create dialog and discussions long afterwords.


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