Made in America

Made in America

Richard Benjamin (1993)

12 Certificate


Our Score
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.


A black teenager who discovers she was conceived through artificial insemination asks her mother to track down the biological father. However, because of a mix-up in the sperm bank the donor is a brash second-hand car salesman - and white - with little inclination to take on the responsibilities of parenthood. Romantic comedy, starring Whoopi Goldberg, Ted Danson, Nia Long and Will Smith.

Cast & Crew

Sarah Mathews Whoopi Goldberg
Hal Jackson Ted Danson
Zora Mathews Nia Long
Tea Cake Walters Will Smith
Jose Paul Rodriguez
Stacy Jennifer Tilly
Alberta Peggy Rea
Bob Takashima Clyde Kusatsu
Director Richard Benjamin
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Swearing and nudity.Available on: video and DVD