The Toy (1982)

The Toy


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Movie Info

In The Toy, director Richard Donner and screenwriter Carol Sobieski update the 1976 Pierre Richard farce Le Jouet as a vehicle for comedian Richard Pryor. Pryor stars as out-of-work journalist Jack Brown, who's hit with the sudden realization that his idle book writing won't pay a 10,000-dollar sum necessary to keep his house from going to auction. Desperate, he is improbably hired as a cleaning lady in the offices of rich businessman and newspaper magnate U.S. Bates (Jackie Gleason). Running … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Francis Veber, Carol Sobieski
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 13, 2001
Sony Pictures Entertainment


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Critic Reviews for The Toy

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

Great cast, painfully precious result.

July 22, 2005
Las Vegas Review-Journal

Absolutely awful.

May 17, 2005
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

The Toy is nothing but a pointless plaything that needlessly wastes the gigantic comedy talents of legendary funnymen Pryor and Gleason

May 23, 2003

Wonder wheel! Pryor at his comedic best!

February 18, 2003
Henderson Home News (Henderson, NV)

Audience Reviews for The Toy

I have no idea why anyone thought it would be funny if some rich guy bought Richard Pryor as a "toy" for his son. That sounds pretty crazy, right? This movie is actually pretty funny for the most part, but it's hard to get over the stupid plot. Overall, it's okay.

AJ Verser

Super Reviewer

Oh boy, definitely an 80s movie. The spiderman pajamas scene was the best. I want a boxing robot!

Megan S

Super Reviewer

A lot of people don't like "The Toy" for some reason, but I did. I didn't see what's not to like about the movie. Jack (Richard Pryor) is a journalist who is trying to find a good job. Eric (Scott Schwartz) is a boy who gets everything he wants, but is struggling to get along with his father. Therefore, Eric gets his dad (Jackie Gleason) to buy Jack as his toy because that's what he wants. Jack and Eric turn out to be great friends and Jack becomes a role model for Eric and teaches him some great lessons.
"The Toy" is a great movie. Parts of it are hilarious and some parts have a lot of meaning to them. I recommend anybody to get "The Toy." NOTE: That was my Amazon review from the year 2000. Used to watch this great movie a lot.

Jason Owens

Super Reviewer

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