The Toy
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In The Toy, director Richard Donner and screenwriter Carol Sobieski update the 1976 Pierre Richard farce Le Jouet as a vehicle for comedian Richard Pryor. Pryor stars as out-of-work journalist Jack Brown, who's hit with the sudden realization that his idle book writing won't pay a 10,000-dollar sum necessary to keep his house from going to auction. Desperate, he is improbably hired as a cleaning lady in the offices of rich businessman and newspaper magnate U.S. Bates (Jackie Gleason). Running afoul of Bates' quick temper, Jack gets the axe, but is later spotted goofing around in a… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 11%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Great cast, painfully precious result."
‑ Carol Cling, Las Vegas Review-Journal
"Wonder wheel! Pryor at his comedic best!"
‑ Kevin Fiddler, Henderson Home News (Henderson, NV)
"Absolutely awful."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Clearly, heavy-handed social commentary, cheesy slapstick and kiddie comedy aren't the most compatible of components to shoehorn into one movie."
‑ Scott Weinberg, Apollo Guide
"The Toy is nothing but a pointless plaything that needlessly wastes the gigantic comedy talents of legendary funnymen Pryor and Gleason"
‑ Frank Ochieng,
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