The Toy

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Released 1982

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Director:
Richard Donner
Released:
1982
Rating:
PG

The Toy is a comedy film directed by Richard Donner that focuses on the outrageous desire of a spoiled and bratty child leads to an out-of-work journalist to be paid to become a living toy for a week. Desperate and in dire need for cash, journalist Jack Brown (Richard Pryor) cannot hold a job long enough to not lose his house. When heâ��s goofing around in a toy store, he is â��purchasedâ�� by the owner, a rich businessman and publishing magnate, U.S. Bates (Jackie Gleason), whose son took his â��anything in the storeâ�� push a little too seriously. Jackâ��s resolve is put to the test as the spoiled and downright awful Eric (Scott Schwartz) does everything to make his week hell, from dumping oatmeal on his head to having him fish in a piranha-infested stream. As Jack and Eric bond while Ericâ��s ignored by his dad, the two set out to show the high and mighty Bates that cruelty and prejudice can only get him so far.

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    Slapstick, Coming of Age, Family Comedies