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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.

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Vivian Whitney
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Nelson Longhurst
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Victor Bard
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Bob Garvey
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Mary Ann
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Dr. Bristol
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Wardlow
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Freddie
Ed Call ...
Basketball Father
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Bianca
Carmen Filpi ...
Wino
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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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Any resemblance between Father and Son is purely hysterical. See more »

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25 September 1981 (USA)  »

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A Cara do Pai  »

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Trivia

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

Goofs

When Walter pulls in to park and hits the parking meter, he reverses and parks. The car is visibly outside of the parking lane lines. After the cut, he gets out of the car and the car is within the parking lane lines. See more »

Quotes

Walter Whitney: I'm Jewish, my son is Black and my lawyer smokes pot. Don't tell me I'm not in trouble.
Victor Bard: Hey, it makes me feel better, and does not affect my judgement. I delivered the valedictorian speech at Harvard... completely stoned.
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Referenced in Psych: Yang 3 in 2D (2010) See more »

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I'm Gonna Get Closer to You
Written by Bill Conti (music), Paul Williams (lyrics)
Performed by 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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