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The Toy

The Toy (1982)


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Release Date: Dec 10, 1982 Wide



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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



Carol Sobieski, Francis Veber

Nov 13, 2001

Sony Pictures Entertainment

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All Critics (11) | Top Critics (2) | Fresh (1) | Rotten (8) | DVD (6)

Great cast, painfully precious result.

July 22, 2005
Las Vegas Review-Journal

Absolutely awful.

May 17, 2005 | Comment (1)
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 | Comment (1)

Wonder wheel! Pryor at his comedic best!

February 18, 2003 | Comments (2)
Henderson Home News (Henderson, NV)

Clearly, heavy-handed social commentary, cheesy slapstick and kiddie comedy aren't the most compatible of components to shoehorn into one movie.

November 22, 2001 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
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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.
January 11, 2011

Super Reviewer

Oh boy, definitely an 80s movie. The spiderman pajamas scene was the best. I want a boxing robot!
January 23, 2010

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.
August 15, 2009

Super Reviewer

This is a funny and sometimes crude movie about a man who becomes a living toy to a spoiled rich kid. There are some great moments in this flick and all kids want to do some of the things they do in this flick.
The story is simple and fun with a message at the end but you won't loose sleep if you never manage to see this flick.
January 7, 2008

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