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Made in America (1993)

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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
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PG-13
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Comedy
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Phase 4 Films

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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
David Bowe
as Teddy
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
Shaun Levy
as Dwayne
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

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (3)

This first-time screenplay by Holly Goldberg Sloan feels more like an outline, and director Richard Benjamin doesn't seem to know quite what to do with it.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

A fun time capsule with a very likable cast.

July 29, 2007
Echo Magazine

Has anyone else noticed the apparent subtext that black men are unstable and unreliable, and only a white man can be sensitive to a black woman's needs?

Full Review… | April 9, 2007
eFilmCritic.com

About the least funny comedy ever created.

November 4, 2003
Juicy Cerebellum

Okay star comedy time-killer,

April 24, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for Made in America

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 Hubbs
Phil Hubbs

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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
Wahida K

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Interesting story about Ted being the sperm donor of Whoopi's child. Will's character is funny.

Candy Rose
Candy Rose

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