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Site created 12/15/97.

review added: 2/24/99

Made in America
1993 (1998) - Warner Bros.

review by Todd Doogan, special to The Digital Bits

Film Rating: B-
Whoopi. Big whoop. I must be one of the only people who thinks she should have stayed on Broadway doing one woman shows. The great things about this movie are Will Smith as Tea Cake and Nia Long (Soul Food). I forgot both of these talents were in this movie -- and seeing them in it made all the other bad elements shrink away.

Disc Ratings (Video/Audio/Extras): B-/B-/F
The images are very clean, but have a dull edge to them. Colors are sharp, but not as vibrant as I seem to remember in theaters. Should have been widescreen. Still, on DVD it looks 1,000 times better than video.

Overall Rating: B-
Ah, I'm not a big fan of the movie. It's a typical story of mixed matches that click -- but all the performances are solid. The DVD is fine, nothing to write home about.

Specs and Features

111 mins, PG-13, full frame (1.33:1), single-sided, single-layered, Snapper case, scene access (23 chapters), language: English (DD 2.0), subtitles: English, Close Captioned

Bottom line

Hey, if you like Ted, Whoopi, Nia Long or Will... this is the movie for you. All come together in solid workman's fashion. The disc is simply okay, but I wouldn't expect anything more for this title other than maybe a widescreen format. Hear that Warner Bros.?

Todd Doogan

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