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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?


When Eddie Murphy was interviewed by Jay Leno on The Tonight Show in 1996, Jay asked if he would appear in public as one of these characters. He said he went outside walking down the street as Sherman Klump. He said he was getting odd looks from those seeing him. See more »


The writing on the blackboard. See more »


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

During the credits, outtakes are shown. See more »


References Something to Talk About (1995) See more »


Written and Performed by Clarence Carter
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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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