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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 ...
Dean's Secretary
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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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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$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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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 »


Drummer clearly not playing along to music at the ball near the end. See more »


Buddy Love: [to Carla] Are you ready to go upstairs?
[Carla slaps him]
Buddy Love: I guess not.
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References The Exorcist (1973) See more »


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Murphy hilarious in all seven of his characters.
5 January 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

*** 1/2

Starring: Eddie Murphy (x 7), Jada Pinkett Smith, and Larry Miller.

An obese college professor starts to fall for a pretty teacher. He doesn't think that people will like him if he was fat, so he uses a weight-losing potion he created on himself. It works perfectly, and the professor is extremely thin. Now, people treat him differently than when he was fat. But he soon finds out that the "thin" side of him has a mind of its own and is looking to get rid of the "plump" side forever.

Murphy does excellent in all seven roles that are given to him. The scene(s) that really make it funny are the dinner ones. I will say that on a low note, Buddy is a little over the top.

I highly recommend it.

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