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They wouldn't be able to make this movie nowadays....


I think this movie is cute and has a lot of good learning aspects to it. Of course, some parts might be inappropriate for younger people, but I watched it as a youngster and grew up mentally healthy. Anyways, back then, in the eighties, the message of the movie was accepted as light hearted and fun--a white kid wanting a black man as his slave, or toy. The black person is put down in the movie several times, just watch the movie and listen. Even Richard Pryers character notes it and says that he is insulted, not to mention the confederate flags drapped around the scenes in the movie and the mention of the KKK. Imagine making the movie today. So many peoples feathers would most likely be ruffled....




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Yeah no *beep* dude. They were barely able to make it when they did. This film was in very poor taste, even in the 80's. Pryor was very ashamed oh this film. And although I loved it as a naive child, as an adult I can see why people could be offended by it even then.

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Beyond racism, how about hiring a stranger to sleep with your small child? Shouldn't that be a bigger concern than any perceived racism? I like this movie but it's very dated, I agree. But seriously, what's more disturbing? The racism or the strange adult male sleeping with and wearing matching pajamas as a small child?

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Do you think it would be ok if it were an adult FEMALE?

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Reaching there, Fishpaw. Jack and Eric are not shown sleeping together.

"Jesus, does anyone?"

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They are still wearing the same jammies that they changed into together and that's neither here nor there. Would you hire a strange man to play unattended in your son's room? Not reaching, with all due respect. Jack insists on wearing his clothes during the bath scene but Jackie Gleason couldn't have known Jack wasn't a Pedo. That was my only point. I love this movie so please don't get me wrong.
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I'd dusagree. The way the Wayans like to push the envelope, I could see this being made today. Maybe not on a big scale where it stands to losr money, but a lesser team picking it up to stir things up in straight to video or a Showtime film.

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Of course they couldn't make it now. BLM and al Sharpton would be in a big, black tizzy over it.

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