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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?


In the scene with Eddie Murphy and Dave Chappelle, their dialogue was mostly improvised. See more »


The writing on the blackboard. See more »


Buddy Love: Reggie's mother is so fat... her blood type is rocky road!
[everyone cheers except Reggie]
Buddy Love: Last one! Reggie's mother's so fat... HER BELT SIZE IS EQUATOR!
[everyone except Reggie loudly roars with laughter]
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Crazy Credits

During the credits, outtakes are shown. See more »


Featured in Century of Black Cinema (2003) See more »


I'm So Excited
Written by Ruth Pointer (as Ruth) and Anita Pointer
Performed by The Pointer Sisters
Courtesy of The RCA Records Label of BMG Entertainment
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Pure Brilliance from Murphy

In my opinion this is one of the funniest movies you will ever see. This Eddie Murphy at his brilliant best playing seven different characters in the one movie. This is pretty much a Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde routine with Professor Sherman Klump (Murphy) creating a weight loss formula which transforms him into Buddy Love (Murphy). The best scenes of the movie are the dinner scenes at the Klump house where almost every character you see is Eddie Murphy. Very few other actors could have pulled this off. 10/10

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