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Made in America (1993)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 28 May 1993 (USA)
A young black woman discovers that her father was a sperm donor, and if that weren't bad enough, he's white.

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Zora Mathews
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A young black woman discovers that her father was a sperm donor, and if that weren't bad enough, he's white.

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At the sperm-bank she asked for a tall, intelligent, black man. One out of three ain't bad.

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Rated PG-13 for sexual situations and language | See all certifications »
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28 May 1993 (USA)  »

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Feita por Encomenda  »

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$22,000,000 (estimated)

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£823,233 (UK) (13 August 1993)

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$44,942,695 (USA)
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Produced by Paul Wright III
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Additional Rap by YT Style: Antoine Foote, Gregory Fields, Jeffrey Russell and Meashell McCann
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Funny, feel-good, predictable entertainment
16 September 2001 | by (Jersey City, NJ) – See all my reviews

"Made in America" is a formulaic romantic comedy with a pretty noble premise. That premise is obviously a setup for racial (not racist) gags, but it never becomes a one-joke comedy. Ted Danson and Whoopi Goldberg are great leads. They light up the screen with their (sometimes sexual) tension. Goldberg is one of my favorite actresses, and she's wonderful in this role. It's hilarious to watch her spontaneous outbursts. Nobody does 'em like Whoopi.

There are no real surprises in the plot. Danson is a conceited, self-indulgent used car salesman. He's married to a floozy wife (Jennifer Tilly). Whoopi is a single parent who owns an African-American antique shop. Her daughter finds out that her real father (whose sperm was artificially inseminated) turns out to be Danson, that white used car salesman who does those crazy ads on TV. It's pretty obvious what the punchlines will be and it's pretty obvious how this sometimes schmaltzy story will end up.

However, it's lightweight entertainment that isn't meant to be thoroughly analyzed. Just enjoy it for its many laughs and endearing performances. It's an innocuous, feel-good comedy. Even when it takes a dramatic turn at the third act, I didn't feel the mood was ruined. I guess it's because I felt a respect for all these likeable characters and was somewhat manipulated. Just how I felt the humor in the first and second acts, I felt the sadness in the third.

My score: 7 (out of 10)


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