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The Nutty Professor (1996)

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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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Storyline

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

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28 June 1996 (USA)  »

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El profesor chiflado  »

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$54,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

ITL 5,956,016,000 (Italy) (15 November 1996)

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£12,139,590 (UK) (13 December 1996)
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Trivia

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 »

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Stunt-double for Buddy Love when he throws Reggie into the piano. See more »

Quotes

Mama Klump: Sherman, I think I do remember hearing something on TV about colon cleansin'. They say everyone should have one. I'm thinkin' about gettin' me an appointment and go down and get my colon cleansed thoroughly.
Papa Klump: You want your colon cleansed? Fine, I'm gonna clean mine.
[lets a loud fart, and Ernie Jr. starts laughing harder and harder]
Papa Klump: There. Now my colon is clean. I'm talking squeaky clean.
Mama Klump: Every time we have a meal, you start breaking gas. Don't break gas and destroy our meal.
Papa Klump: Don't tell me to ...
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Emotionally in Love
Written by Valerie George and Kyle West
Performed by Valerie George
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Commenting on the comment "fatism" below
23 June 2000 | by (Saint Paul, MN) – See all my reviews

As a fat person myself, I encounter prejudice every day. Movies are especially bad, because it is still considered okay to make fun of fat people. Most skinny people just assume that we're lazy. They think that we have the potential to be as thin as is considered "normal," but we just are too lazy to do anything about it. That is absolutely false (not that the skinnies would ever buy that, but I can at least try).

Anyway, to get to The Nutty Professor, I found it to be one of the most sympathetic portrayals of fat people ever put on film. The only one that tops it is James Mangold's Heavy, although the protagonist's weight wasn't all that was harming his well-being.

The Nutty Professor did have some physical comedy involving fat that one could take as funny, but I never felt that the jokes were degrading. The main reason that I feel this was so sympathetic was that, though he experienced life as a skinny stud, he did decide to be a fat man at the end. One can chock this up to formulae, but something that Sherrman Klump said at the end really touched me: "I could try to lose weight, but I'm always going to be a fat man, and you're just going to have to live with that." I think that a film where the screenwriters who were bigoted would have said something like, "I'll lose weight without this stupid formula." That's not what happened, though, and I'm glad for that.


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