Made in America

1993

Made in America

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Richard Benjamin directed this farce that plays like "Guess Who's Coming for Insemination?" Whoopi Goldberg stars as Sarah Matthews, who runs an African-American oriented bookstore in Oakland. She is raising her daughter, a beautiful high school student named Zora (Nia Long), on her own after her husband's death many years earlier. As a result of a science class blood test, Zora discovers that the man she thought was her father actually wasn't. Instead Zora finds she was the result of artificial insemination. After researching the sperm bank's records, Zora discovers, much to the surprise of Sarah and herself, that the anonymous sperm donor is in fact, Hal Jackson (Ted Danson), a loud, crude obnoxious (and white) used-car dealer who advertises on late-night television. Zora visits Hal while he is filming a commercial and Hal brushes her off. Enraged, Sarah tells Hal off, but after meeting Zora he now feels a paternal itch. Not only that, but he is beginning to feel an attraction to Sarah. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

Cast

Whoopi Goldberg
as Sarah Mathews
Ted Danson
as Hal Jackson
Will Smith
as Tea Cake Walters
Nia Long
as Zora Mathews
Peggy Rea
as Alberta
Clyde Kusatsu
as Bob Takashima
Shawn Levy
as Dwayne
Lu Leonard
as Clinic Nurse
Joe Lerer
as Hospital Doctor
Janice Edwards
as Hospital Nurse
Michael McFall
as Hospital Intern
Phyllis Avery
as White Woman 1
Frances Bergen
as White Woman 2
William John Murphy
as production assistant 1
Ross Benjamin
as production assistant 2
Mel Stewart
as Principal Rockwell
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Critic Reviews for Made in America

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Audience Reviews for Made in America

  • Mar 27, 2012
    Made in America (1993) Very dated and awkward comedy with the kinda unfunny Ted Danson and annoying Whoopi Goldberg. The whole plot is pretty dumb really as Danson's character is made out to be the father of Nia Long's character after giving a sperm sample many years before, but he is white and Goldberg is black as is Long. Its a nice comedy, very gentle and very heart warming but I don't think its too good really, at no point do you ever go with the premise that Danson could be Long's father, it just doesn't work. The mixing of a typical cliched white hick cowboy type who is a slimy car salesman with an African American woman who has a strong African background and her own African trinket store is an intriguing recipe for laughs but it doesn't really materialise. Its all very cute and cuddly and harks back to the days of cinema when Goldberg and Danson were actually big name draws at the cinema haha remember that!? Throwaway comedy which is known for introducing a young Will Smith and Nia Long into the movies.
    Phil H Super Reviewer
  • Feb 22, 2010
    "Made in America" is an enjoyable, light-hearted tale about the ethical problems of artificial insemination, racial identity and the dilemmas it can cause. Whoopi Goldberg plays Sarah , the mother of a seventeen year old - Zora (Nia Long). Their seemingly perfect life is changed dramatically when Zora finds that she is in fact the product of an artificial insemination. Upset and curious about the whereabouts of her real father, Zora searches through the computer files for her Mother and finds that her father is in fact Hal (Ted Danson), a white guy instead of the tall, intelligent black man Sarah had particularly requested. It is a decent, heartwarming plot that handles the race aspects with an ease.
    Deb S Super Reviewer
  • Dec 02, 2009
    Whoopi Gooldberg is truly a Comedian with her own skills in the Movie, she totally steals my attention in every of her Movies. Too Sad a very tiny bit part of Will Smith.
    Wahida K Super Reviewer
  • Mar 30, 2008
    Watched this quite a few times on HBO as a kid and liked it.
    Sunil J Super Reviewer

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