The Nutty Professor (1996)

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This article is about the 1996 Eddie Murphy Remake. You may be looking for the 1963 Original Jerry Lewis film with the same name.
I'm Thin! I'm Thin!“ - Sherman Klump when he becomes thin.

The Nutty Professor is a 1996 American slapstick science-fiction comedy film starring Eddie Murphy. It is a remake of the 1963 film of the same name.

Summary

Grossly overweight yet good-hearted professor Sherman Klump takes a special chemical that turns him into the slim but obnoxious Buddy Love.

Why It Rocks

  1. It happens to be one of the very few remakes in the film industry that actually turn out to be good and it captures some of the “hilarious, sci-fi” vibes the 1963 version had.
  2. Eddie Murphy, like most of his performances, come off as hilarious and well-acted.
  3. The film has its own creative adjustments from the original with some of Eddie Murphy’s take on comedy sprinkled in.
  4. Decent pacing.
  5. Very likable characters, especially each and every member of the Klump family.
  6. The costume and make-up designs for the Klump family (5/6 are played by Eddie Murphy) are wonderful and very convincing.
  7. Sherman and Carla’s relationship is very romantic.
  8. There are MANY funny moments in the movie that’ll leave you laughing for hours, such as the Klump family dinner scenes.
  9. Each and every one of the scenes is well-executed.

Bad Qualities

  1. The movie contains a few fart jokes here and there. Originally Jerry Lewis was offered to make a cameo appearance, but later turn it down after telling that the script had too many farts.
  2. A few of the special effects, especially the CGI used when Sherman keeps morphing back and forth between himself and Buddy in the climax, have aged very poorly.
  3. The sequelAMW wasn’t all that great as it copied most of the first film.

Reception

Critical response

The Nutty Professor has received generally positive reviews from critics. Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a score of 64% based on reviews from 55 critics. Metacritic gave the film a score of 62 out of 100, indicating "generally favorable reviews".

Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film 3 stars out of 4, calling it "a movie that's like a thumb to the nose for everyone who said [Murphy had] lost it. He's very good. And the movie succeeds in two different ways: it's sweet and good-hearted, and then again it's raucous slapstick and bathroom humor. I liked both parts." Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly gave the film a B+, writing "You can feel Murphy rediscovering his joy as a performer. He rediscovers it, too, as Sherman Klump, a fellow who, much like Murphy, is on the bottom rung, desperate to reinvent himself, and — at long last — does."

Box office

The Nutty Professor was a box office success, opening with $25,411,725 and reaching a domestic sum of $128,814,019, and $145,147,000 overseas, for a total of $273,961,019 worldwide.

Comments


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The Dunkman

3 months ago
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The only good movie with it's good use of fart jokes.
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Ghostskye6666

3 months ago
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I actually loved the sequel lol but this one is better

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