The Nutty Professor (1963)

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This article is about the 1963 Jerry Lewis Film. You may be looking for the 1996 Eddie Murphy Remake with the same name.

The Nutty Professor is a 1963 science-fiction, romance film and a comedic parody of the famous horror novel, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.


To improve his social life, a nerdish professor drinks a potion that temporarily turns him into the handsome, but obnoxious, Buddy Love.

Why It Rocks

  1. The idea of a man turning from a goofy, nerdy scientist into a handsome, arrogant man is pretty original.
  2. The writing for the film is spectacular.
  3. The acting is wonderful, especially from Jerry Lewis as Professor Julius Kelp and Buddy Love.
  4. An amazing parody take on Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
  5. Many memorable and funny moments, especially Julius’ failed attempts with experiments.
  6. Likable and interesting characters, especially the main character, Professor Julius, his goofy behavior and probably inspired Dr. Fink from The Simpson’s.
  7. The film’s pacing is terrific.
  8. Eddie Murphy’s remake/take on the film is also hilarious.

Bad Qualities

  1. A small plot-hole like when Julius first drinks the potion and turns into a monster, but later he doesn’t and always turns into Buddy Love is kinda confusing.
  2. The movie can feel slightly dated at times.