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The Nutty Professor (1996)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi | 28 June 1996 (USA)
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Grossly overweight professor Sherman Klump takes a special chemical that turns him into the slim but obnoxious Buddy Love.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Carla Purty (as Jada Pinkett)
Patricia Wilson ...
Dean's Secretary
Fit Woman
Hamilton von Watts ...
Health Instructor (as Hamilton Von Watts)
Asian Man (as Chao-Li Chi)
Tony Carlin ...
Quinn Duffy ...
Band Leader


Brilliant and obese scientist Sherman Klump invents a miraculous weight-loss solution. After a date with chemistry student Carla Purty goes badly, a depressed Klump tries the solution on himself. Though he instantly loses 250 pounds, the side effects include a second personality: an obnoxiously self-assertive braggart who calls himself Buddy Love. Buddy proves to be more popular than Sherman, but his arrogance and bad behavior quickly spiral out of control. Written by Jwelch5742

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Inside Sherman Klump, a party animal is about to break out.


Comedy | Romance | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for crude humor and sexual references | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

28 June 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El profesor chiflado  »

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Box Office


$54,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$25,400,000 (USA) (28 June 1996)


$128,769,345 (USA) (22 November 1996)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Eddie Murphy handed Jerry Lewis the Jean Hersholdt Humanitarian Oscar. He said before handing it to him, "from one Nutty Professor to another." See more »


At the end of the first family dinner scene, the camera cuts back and you can hear Ernie Jr. continuing to laugh loudly, but it is obvious by looking at him that he is not laughing. See more »


Grandma Jensen: Don't give me none o' dem mashed potatoes, you know mashed potatoes give me gas.
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User Reviews

The nutty doc again

Eddie Murphy plays an overweight professor Sherman Klump and six other characters in this hilarious comedy.The doc falls in love with his student Carla Purty (Jada Pinkett) and he creates a potion.The potion makes him thinner, more handsome and more annoying Buddy Love.The Nutty Professor is a remake for the 1960's hit comedy with Jerry Lewis.There are some differences in these two movies.In the first version Lewis played a nerd doc and in the remake Murphy plays a fat doc.Both movies are great.Murphy does a great job playing seven characters in the movie.The Nutty Professor just makes you laugh.

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