Carbon Copyis in no way, shape or form a shimmering comic drama, yet nor is it the uneasy melange of racial generalizations that it may have been. George Segal plays a rich white Californian who out of the blue discovers that he has a 17-year-old dark child, a revelation that may well have been the event for blood vessel breakage, twofold takes and an exceptionally expansive and dopey brand of comic drama. Either that, or a prelude to common understanding and saccharine assumptions all around.
In any case, ”Carbon Copy” keeps the shabby muffles to a base and makes Mr. Segal’s Walter Whitney a surly individual with no propensity for fake benevolence. Rather than warmly respecting his new child Roger (Denzel Washington), Walter respects him suspiciously, however he never addresses the young fellow’s paternity.