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A typically trite and sickly concoction by Shavelson, whose funnybone seemed much firmer when he was scripting Paramount comedies in the '40s. You can easily gauge its quality by the plot: when a basketball coach is rendered sterile through mumps, his wife urges the adoption of three cute but problematic kids - a semi-delinquent black, a Vietnamese orphan, and a Hopi Indian. All prejudices are ultimately overcome, and the result is a runaway victory for the upper class American liberal. The performers are far superior to their material, particularly Barbara Harris; but on the whole this movie gives a whole new meaning to the word 'yuck'.

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Duration: 109 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Melville Shavelson
Screenwriter: Melville Shavelson, Mort Lachman
Cast: Barbara Harris
Joseph Bologna
Lisa Gerritsen
Tom Bosley
Dorothy Shay
Ruth McDevitt
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