The white-dominant community that Walter Whitney (George Segal) lived in was in San Marino, California. See more »
When Walter and Roger move into the run-down apartment in Watts, very low flying jets can be heard overhead. The nearest airport in the area would be LAX which is approx. 13 miles due west. LAX is too far away for such low flying aircraft. See more »
You can show me how to build model airplanes, I'll show you how to pick a lock.
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White corporation man George Segal gets a rude awakening when he finds out that he has an illegitimate son who happens to be black (our first real theatrical look at Hollywood icon Denzel Washington). Naturally Segal's Beverly Hills life turns topsy-turvy with wife Susan Saint James and father-in-law Jack Warden complicating the situation by forcing Segal into a life of degradation and poverty with usually hilarious results. Pure early-1980s fluff here as Washington puts that bright smile of his on and steals every scene from veteran Segal. Segal though does an admirable job and feeds off the film effectively. Ultimately though the substance is lacking and the typical comedic situations eventually end up being predictable and sometimes stale. The late drama also feels forced and somewhat unnecessary. Still a watchable piece of entertainment for its two leads. 2.5 out of 5 stars.
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