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The Toy

The Toy
The Toy
The Toy
  • PG
  • 1h 42m
  • 1982
Common Sense Media Iconage 13+
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For the first time in motion picture history, the outrageous talent of Richard Pryor and the ingenious comedic sense of Jackie Gleason are combined in the same film. Gleason is U.S. Bates, a megalomaniac millionaire who owns most of south central Louisiana. Pryor is Jack Brown, a former journalist who has worked his way down the vocational ladder to the position of janitor in Bates' department store. Among Bates' other vast holdings is a young son Eric (Scott Schwartz), who visits his father for one week a year. Typically, Eric is chauffeured to the department store after-hours to pick out anything he wants. This time, Eric has a more elaborate toy in mind - Jack Brown. So begins the unique relationship that teaches Eric more about life than fun and games.
© 1982 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: A muddled and unfunny collision of two comedic titans, The Toy is unsuitable for children -- or anyone else seeking entertainment.
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Outdated '80s comedy has language, nudity.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Toy is a 1982 comedy about a spoiled 9-year-old who asks his wealthy, indulgent father to give him the amusing black man he sees playing in the toy department of his father's store. The father pays the man to stay with the child, which certainly raises questions of slavery and ownership. These are mentioned but not sufficiently to erase the movie's underlying ick factor. A large portrait of a nude woman is briefly shown. Language includes "s--t," "ass," "t-tties," and "bastard." Adults drink alcohol and smoke cigarettes. A federal indictment hangs over a rich man, presumably for corruption of some kind. To help his own interests, the man tries to trick a senator into publicly socializing with someone the senator doesn't know is a KKK leader. A woman wears extremely low-cut clothing that shows most of her breasts, boasting that her husband paid for their surgical enhancement. Jack sits on Bates' lap to show him how to demonstrate affection to Bates' son. When someone sees them, the implication is that the men were engaging in gay sex. A Confederate flag is proudly displayed in Bates' office.

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
Positive Role Models
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Family, Comedy
  • Release Date:December 10, 1982
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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