Eddie Murphy stars as shy Dr. Sherman Klump, a kind, brilliant, 'calorifically challenged' genetic professor. When beautiful Carla Purty joins the university faculty, Sherman grows desperate to whittle his 400-pound frame down to size and win her heart. So, with one swig of his experimental fat-reducing serum, Sherman becomes 'Buddy Love', a fast-talking, pumped-up , plumped down Don Juan.
At first rather annoying in its heavy emphasis on reenactments, this movie ultimately proves fascinating, simply because the complicated, highly dramatic tale it tells still almost defies belief.
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This movie tries so hard to be funny, yet it falls flat every time. Just another example of recycled ideas repackaged with women in an attempt to appeal to a certain audience.
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This remake is watchable 90% of the time, the scenes with the animals are not necessary, it's surprising that PETA didn't go crazy on the filmmakers' behinds, maybe they did, but rationally they are not even real animals and this is just a movie.The in your face aspect is "Buddy Love" (Eddie Murphy) shouting and laughing over the top throughout most of his scenes, it's extreme but it's obviously supposed to be. The movie turns into a type of alter-ego story, "Buddy" is loud and crass and "Professor Sherman Klump" (also Eddie Murphy) is quiet, reserved and respectful. The film is clever into making sure they are two complete opposites in personality as well as physicality.Even though this is a Comedy it isn't actually funny, even the comic that cussed "Sherman" out is not even funny, and "Buddy" getting his revenge with his jokes/insults against the comic was not even funny either, on both parts it was just insults disguised as comedy, real comedians can use insults but they have an actual point to what they are saying.The message in this motion picture is hard to find until the end when they make it clear that you should love yourself regardless of how you look."Sherman's" family "The Klumps" are difficult to watch being that they are all unnatural due to most of them being played by Eddie Murphy in drag, and what is up with "Sherman" inviting the love interest "Carla" (Jada Pinkett Smith) to have dinner with his family already knowing that they are rude people and it was verified by flatulence and swearing at the dinner table. One could argue that "Sherman" isn't perfect and that was a mistake, but we see that him taking that potion already shows that he isn't perfect and is making mistakes, do we really need to see him make more errors?!The pacing of the movie is fine, some of the dialogue is too much, but there's worse comedies out there.This is not one of Eddie Murphy's best movies, but then again the majority of his films are rubbish, the only decent films that he's done is the "Beverly Hills Cop" trilogy.
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Eddie Murphy is a comedian who in recent years has in my opinion peaked in terms of quality. It is easy then to forget that in the early days of his career he was a sensation, giving us memorable hits such as 'Coming To America', 'Trading Places', 'Beverly Hills Cop' and, the best of them all in my view, 'The Nutty Professor', which was a remake of the 1963 film starring Jerry Lewis ( who allegedly was meant to appear in this version but pulled out due to his distaste over the reliance of toilet humour in the script ).Murphy plays Sherman Klump, a morbidly obese yet well-meaning, kind hearted and well respected scientist whose kind, quiet nature is often exploited, particularly by his greedy, arrogant boss Dean Richmond, as well as by his loud family ( in particular his belligerent, perpetually farting father Cletus ). One day at work, he meets mature chemistry graduate Carla Purty and is smitten by her. Due to his weight, he feels that she won't be interested in him and in an attempt to gain her interest takes a sample of a slimming serum he has invented, which transforms him into a thinner, more youthful, better looking version of himself who he renames Buddy Love. Buddy is everything Sherman has ever dreamed of being, however Buddy's confidence spirals out of control and things rapidly go from bad to worse for poor Sherman. Will Buddy cease to exist or will Buddy kill off Sherman for good? I have never seen the 1963 film so I am unable to compare the two but one thing I am certain of is that 'The Nutty Professor' is a prime contender for Eddie Murphy's CV of fine comedy. Eddie Murphy has the most challenging job of portraying not only Klump but also Buddy and indeed the entire Klump family, however it would not be fair to not give credit to his supporting cast. Jada Pinkett ( wife of Will Smith ) is fine as Sherman's romantic interest Carla whilst Larry Miller is suitably slimy and conniving as Richmond. Special mention should be made of the screenwriters - David Sheffield, Barry W. Blaustein, Tom Shadyac and Steve Oedekerk whose outrageously funny script not only had tears rolling down my face but also dealt excellently with the issue of obesity.Some overweight viewers may find it uncomfortable to watch but should stick with it as it is one of the few things which manages to successfully ridicule prejudice against obesity rather than applaud it.'The Nutty Professor' was so successful that four years later a sequel was made - 'The Nutty Professor II: The Klumps' ( which I went to see on its cinematic release in my hometown, despite being two and a half years younger than the film's age certificate ). It did not do as well first film, critically or commercially. Personally, I thought it compared rather well with the first film.Funniest moment - the 'farting at the dinner table' scene involving the Klump family. Disgusting I know, but it is still hilarious and creases me up each time.Second funniest moment - a nightmare sequence in which Sherman dreams of himself as a Godzilla type creature wreaking havoc around the city. Only then to destroy the world after letting off a humongous fart!
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Released in 1996 and directed by Tom Shadyac, "The Nutty Professor" is a dramedy starring Eddie Murphy as grossly overweight yet good-hearted professor Sherman Klump. In his experiments he develops a potion that turns him into the slim, charismatic Buddy Love who's also, unfortunately obnoxious. While Buddy helps Sherman take down his nemeses (Dave Chappelle), he also messes up his budding relationship with Carla (Jada Pinkett Smith). Larry Miller and James Coburn are also on hand. Murphy actually has multiple roles, playing the Richard Simmons-like Lance Perkins, as well as Sherman's mother, father, grandmother and brother in the dinner sequences. While I found the Lance Perkins scenes amusing, the dinner scenes largely fall flat, but they do showcase Murphy's talents. I also didn't care for the flatulence jokes, but I was able to overlook them – and crude jokes in general – and laughed at the many genuinely amusing parts. The movie works because Murphy expertly makes Sherman a sympathetic character. The scene where he shyly asks Carla out is genius; and the scene where their date is destroyed by the standup comic (Chappelle) is honestly saddening. It may not be as good as "Coming to America" (1988), but it's better than "Trading Places" (1983). The film runs 95 minutes and was shot in the Los Angeles area. GRADE: B+
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Eddie Murphy's THE NUTTY PROFESSOR (1996) is one of the mainstream classics of the 1990s. It's a great comedy with an emotional center, focusing on a lonely, overweight college professor who falls in love with a beautiful grad student and takes an experimental formula to lose weight and become the kind of man the young lady would want. It's a twist on the Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde story, with the formula bringing out a new personality in the scientist.Not that many viewers will care, but this update is a pretty faithful adaptation of Jerry Lewis's original 1963 film of the same name, in spirit at least. I've seen Lewis's film only once, but enjoyed it very much. In Lewis's version, the professor is almost grotesquely awkward and nerdy before being transformed into the suave hipster Buddy Love. This remake adds the weight loss angle, although the formula still makes Buddy Love a confident, smooth-talking ladies' man. The coolest guy in the room.Everyone knows that Eddie Murphy is inside the Sherman Klump fatsuit, although the makeup and Murphy's Sherman persona are very effective. Most people also know that Murphy plays the other members of the overweight Klump family as well, Sherman's mother, father, grandmother, and brother. Again the makeup jobs are great and Murphy brings each character to life. The famous dinner table scenes are comedic tours de force. What many people may not know is that Eddie Murphy also plays the white Richard Simmons-like fitness guru Lance Perkins. I know some people assumed it really was Richard Simmons, but it's Eddie Murphy again in heavy makeup. THE NUTTY PROFESSOR showcases Murphy's great talent for playing different characters.Jada Pinkett, best known today as the wife/mother in the Will Smith entertainment clan, plays the fetching young colleague who admires Professor Klump's work and steals his heart. Klump sets her up with his slimmed-down alter ego Buddy Love, though it becomes clear that Buddy is a self-centered monster who lacks the sensitivity and kindness that the girl admires in the professor. Meanwhile Buddy plots to destroy Sherman once and for all and take over his body on a more permanent basis.Larry Miller plays the villainous college dean, James Coburn plays a millionaire interested in contributing to the school, and a young Dave Chappelle plays an obnoxious stand-up comic.The movie has a mainstream comedy feel, with some hammy performances and a rather low-brow sense of humor. (The Klump family relies rather heavily on fart jokes.) The film is dated by its mid-'90s fashions and music scene and the digital visual effects are noticeably phony (though still effective). But the 1960s version is hopelessly dated as a product of another era, too. Movies can't help it sometimes.THE NUTTY PROFESSOR is a top of the line comedy with some great work by the chameleonic Eddie Murphy. The movie succeeds because it's a comedy with a heart. We sympathize with Sherman Klump. He's shy, self-conscious about his appearance, embarrassed by his outspoken family. The film has a "be yourself" message. This Jekyll & Hyde fable is a great concept, first realized by comedy legend Jerry Lewis and later updated for a whole new audience. I'm surprised other IMDb users have been so harsh with their ratings of this film.