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Made in America (1993)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 28 May 1993 (USA)
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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.

Director:

Richard Benjamin

Writers:

Marcia Brandwynne (story), Nadine Schiff (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Whoopi Goldberg ... Sarah Mathews
Ted Danson ... Halbert 'Hal' Jackson
Will Smith ... Tea Cake Walters
Nia Long ... Zora Mathews
Paul Rodriguez ... Jose
Jennifer Tilly ... Stacy
Peggy Rea ... Alberta
Clyde Kusatsu ... Bob Takashima
David Bowe ... Teddy
Jeff Joseph ... James
Rawley Valverde Rawley Valverde ... Diego
Fred Mancuso ... Bruce
Charlene Fernetz ... Paula
Shawn Levy ... Dwayne
Lu Leonard Lu Leonard ... Sperm Bank Nurse
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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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Taglines:

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

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Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual situations and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 May 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Feita por Encomenda See more »

Filming Locations:

Albany, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$44,942,695

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$60,000,000
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Nia Long would go on to play the love interest of Will Smith on his series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990) during the show's fifth season. See more »

Goofs

Zora's seatbelt when she drives with Hal for the first time. See more »

Quotes

Sarah: Are you giving me face ?
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Connections

References The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) See more »

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I Know I Don't Walk On Water
By Laura Satterfield and Ira Walker
Performed by Laura Satterfield and Ephraim Lewis
Produced by Peter Asher
Arranged, orchestrated & conducted by David Campbell
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Safe family fare boosted by on screen chemistry.
28 May 2011 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

Made in America is directed by Richard Benjamin and collectively written by Marcia Brandwynne, Nadine Schiff and Holly Goldberg Sloan. It stars Whoopi Goldberg, Ted Danson, Nia Long, Will Smith and Jennifer Tilly.

When doing a biology project at school, Zora (Long) notices that her blood group is different from her mothers, Sarah (Goldberg). Having never known her father, Zora learns that she was the product of artificial insemination. Quickly setting off to find out who her father is, it comes as a big shock when it turns out he's tall white car salesman Hal Jackson (Danson), a surprise since Zora and Sarah are black!

Not the most powerful of set ups it has to be said, but in spite of the lowly rating afforded it by many critics and film lovers, it's a sweet and honest affair. Film pins its hopes on the central comedy premise of a white man somehow fathering a black daughter from a black mother. From there it follows a familiar course from the shock and horror born out by the reveal, to opposites at war and on to maybe opposites attracting? This of course only works if the viewer has a soft spot for Danson and Goldberg in the first place, but with them giving it complete gusto, and being a real off screen couple as well, their play off of each other is very easy to warm too. Sure it's contrived, and very treacle based once we land in the final quarter, but the mixing of races aspect has been well handled by the makers and there's some decent comedy moments. It may not be laugh out loud funny, unless you be the type of person who finds Danson astride a runaway elephant funny? But it has its moments and director Richard Benjamin is also enough of a pro to not let the pace sag. Good support comes from Long and Smith, while Tilly is wonderfully memorable as the fitness freak bimbo girlfriend of Danson.

Slight but never less than charming, it's safely recommended to fans of the two principal stars. 6/10


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