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The Nutty Professor (1996)

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


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Health Instructor (as Hamilton Von Watts)
Asian Man (as Chao-Li Chi)
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Band Leader


Sherman Klump is an incredibly fat and good-hearted man. He is a college professor on the verge of a breakthrough in DNA restructuring when he meets an admirer of his, named Carla, who is a teacher new to Klump's college. He is enamored of her, but is frustrated by his tremendous bulk. He then decides to test a formula on which he's been working on himself. He is then transformed into the lecherous swinger, Buddy Love, and romantic complications ensue. Written by Philip Brubaker <>

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


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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)


£12,139,590 (UK) (13 December 1996)

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The abusive nightclub comic is named Reggie Warrington after Reginald Hudlin and Warrington Hudlin, who worked with Eddie Murphy on the film Boomerang (1992). See more »


When Carla runs out of the tent after the professor, the battery pack for her mic slides down her leg. See more »


Reggie Warrington: Boy's so fat, when they cut his ass open with a pen-knife, it bleed chocolate milk! What would you do for a klondike bar?
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Written by Danielle LoPresti, and Dan Serafini
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Professor Klump wanting to be loved for someone he is not
10 August 1998 | by (Trinidad) – See all my reviews

This is the funniest movie I have seen in the longest time. It has become my all time favourite. I do not usually like to look at movies more than once but this movie has me going again and again. I have seen this movie no less than twenty times. I love the dinner scenes, especially Grandma on her recollections of her long lost "relations". It was really a scream at the Scream. I thoroughly enjoyed Reggie. He was unbelievable. So too was his singing. I hope the sequel is just as amusing. I think Eddie is a truly talented Actor in his own rights and I wish him all the best. I would really like to meet him though I hope he is not snubbish as are some actors/resses.

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