Made In America

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +2 1/2

Content: -3

Sarah Matthews, a single mother played by Whoopi Goldberg, confesses to her teenage daughter, Zora (Nia Long), that Zora's biological father came from a test tube at a fertility clinic. Zora discovers that the donor was Hal Jackson (Ted Danson), a local used car dealer who lives for the almighty dollar, booze and women. Zora and Sarah try to confront Hal and even turn his trademark TV commercials into comical disasters. However, Hal has a change of heart and grows to care for Zora and becomes romantically involved with Sarah. But things don't all go well, particularly when Sarah is injured in an accident. While at the hospital, she and Hal are required to have a blood test and the results are quite a shock. Made In America is contrived and predictable, with some really inane dialogue. It's a low point in the careers of Ms. Goldberg and Mr. Danson. But its bright spots are performances by Nia Long and Will Smith, who plays her best friend Tea Cake. Zora's graduation ceremonies become an extended musical number, putting a schlocky icing on a cake that's already fallen.

MADE IN AMERICA is also chock full of objectionable material. Language includes one f-word and many s-words and regular profanities. In an uncomfortably long scene, Tea Cake gives a sperm donation to the fertility clinic using a crude slang expression. We hear the sounds of sex as he watches a pornographic video. Hal and his girlfriend are depicted having intercourse and later his partner is shown fully nude from the rear. Sarah, overwhelmed by the situation, gets drunk and rides home on her bicycle with much difficulty. The story also oozes with political correctness. MADE IN AMERICA takes an interesting premise and smothers it with Hollywood's idea of what makes a film popular. They're obviously way off base and seem to be moving further away all the time.

Preview Reviewer: Pete Zimowski
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The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Many (47) Times - Mild 37, Moderate 10

Obscene Language: Many (28) times (f-word once; s-word 20 times; others 7)

Profanity: Many (34) Times - Regular 20, Exclamatory 14

Violence: None

Sex: Depicted - no nudity

Nudity: Full female rear nudity

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Few Times - Crude sexual slang

Drugs: Drunkenness, with no adverse consequences

Other: None

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