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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Carla Purty (as Jada Pinkett)
Patricia Wilson ...
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Fit Woman
Hamilton von Watts ...
Health Instructor (as Hamilton Von Watts)
Asian Man (as Chao-Li Chi)
Tony Carlin ...
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 <coda@nando.net>

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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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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The family scene was nearly cut out of the final film due to lack of relevance with the film's plot. However, the Klump family turned out to be one of the most popular elements of the film, so much that the Klumps got a greatly expanded presence in the sequel, Nutty Professor II: The Klumps (2000). See more »


The amount of collard greens changes between shots on Papa Klump's plate after he pours the gravy on them. See more »


Reggie Warrington: Boy's ass is so fat, he's got more crack than Harlem!
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User Reviews

A Real Showcase For Eddie Murphy
2 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A general nasty tone to this comedy prevented me from rating this a "9" or a "10," but it does have a ton of laughs, courtesy of Eddie Murphy. He's at is best when he's at the dinner table playing everyone but the kid. That is one of the funniest scenes I remember from any 1990s comedy.

His humor is very crude in here (another PG-13 rating that is ludicrous) but very funny in spots, too. With that kind of humor, it's easy to go over the line of "good taste" which he does on occasion. Overall, however, Murphy is remarkable as all these characters. I believe he plays seven in all. This is probably his biggest 'showcase' ever on film, demonstrating his comedic talents.

Even though this has a childlike-romance-type feel to it, and a nice message about bias against fat people, there are so many raunchy and downright nasty lines - mainly at the comedy club or the dinner table - that it's certainly not recommended for kids. This is a LONG way away from the original Jerry Lewis movie. Still....for adults, this movie provides a lot of laughs.

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