Watermelon Man

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A white insurance salesman, Jeff Gerber (Godfrey Cambridge), gets the surprise of his life when he wakes up and discovers that his skin now resembles a black man's. In day-to-day life, he soon finds himself the victim of discriminatory practices -- the same kinds of behaviors that, ironically, he had once used on black people himself. As his wife (Estelle Parsons) leaves him and all attempts toward explain and reverse the phenomenon fail, Jeff comes to accept and even profit from his new status.

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  • Aug 28, 2013
    It's blatantly obvious that we're supposed to be confronted with the social problems of race in America from a mixture of comedy and drama, but I couldn't help but keep myself from asking how in the world he got turned into a black guy in the first place. The ridiculousness of the answers given by him and the others in the film on that problem just irked me. I was so hung up on the how that I didn't enjoy the rest so much. But I will say that it gives a nice look at the differences between the way people are treated depending on their skin color, it's pretty funny, and not a very bad movie over all.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Oct 25, 2010
    The film Melvin Van Peebles made before he did Sweet Sweetback's Baadassss Song. Set during the 60's/0's race riots, Jeff Gerbler is a white gung-ho, un-self-aware and un-popular insurance-selling family man who wakes up one morning to find he's turned black. Cue panic, surpise, adverse reactions from the neighbours etc etc. Godfrey Cambridge carries the whole film, and his move from denial to acceptance is punctuated by a running stream of dryly sarcastic and very funny dialog. Excellent, <img src="http://images.crackle.com/1/o/wl/wt5wb_tne.jpg"> .
    Lesley N Super Reviewer
  • Jun 07, 2008
    classic message laden movie..Cambridge's signature role...funny and insightful and a cool soundtrack to boot....
    alan j Super Reviewer

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