The Nutty Professor (1996)
|This article is about the 1996 Eddie Murphy Remake. You may be looking for the 1963 Original Jerry Lewis film with the same name.|
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.
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
- 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.
- Eddie Murphy, like most of his performances, come off as hilarious and well-acted.
- The film has its own creative adjustments from the original with some of Eddie Murphy’s take on comedy sprinkled in.
- Decent pacing.
- Very likable characters, especially each and every member of the Klump family.
- The costume and make-up designs for the Klump family (5/6 are played by Eddie Murphy) are wonderful and very convincing.
- Sherman and Carla’s relationship is very romantic.
- There are MANY funny moments in the movie that’ll leave you laughing for hours, such as the Klump family dinner scenes.
- Each and every one of the scenes is well-executed.
- 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.
- 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.
- AMW wasn’t all that great as it copied most of the first film.
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."
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.