Made in America

  • 12
  • Richard Benjamin (1993)
  • US
  • 106 min
Made in America
Film Review
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2 out of 5

The central idea of this comedy has potential - a young black teenager discovers that her biological father is white because of a mix-up at the sperm bank - and the cast just about makes it watchable. Whoopi Goldberg and Ted Danson turn in engaging performances as the unsuspecting parents, and Nia Long is entirely believable as their confused offspring, while Will Smith provides confident, film-star-in-the-making support. However, as with many of these high-concept Hollywood films, most of the creative energy seems to have gone into dreaming up the idea itself: the finished product is low on laughs and thin on content. Richard Benjamin's direction is merely workmanlike and fails to breathe much life into a tired script.

Plot Summary

Romantic comedy starring Whoopi Goldberg and Ted Danson. When Sarah Mathews's 18-year-old daughter, Zora, discovers that she was conceived with the help of artificial insemination, she attempts to track down her father. But the family get a big surprise when they discover the anonymous donor is car salesman Hal Jackson.

Cast and crew


Sarah Mathews
Whoopi Goldberg
Hal Jackson
Ted Danson
Zora Mathews
Nia Long
Tea Cake Walters
Will Smith
Paul Rodriguez
Jennifer Tilly
Peggy Rea
Bob Takashima
Clyde Kusatsu


Richard Benjamin

Other Information

Swearing and nudity.
Available on video and DVD
Certificate 12