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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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Dean's Secretary
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Nichole McAuley ...
Fit Woman
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Health Instructor (as Hamilton Von Watts)
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Asian Man (as Chao-Li Chi)
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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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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

Budget:

$54,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$25,400,000 (USA) (28 June 1996)

Gross:

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

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Goofs

In the second scene with Buddy Love driving the Viper the passenger side seat is occasionally empty. See more »

Quotes

Buddy Love: [to Reggie] It's your world, dog! I'm just a squrrel trying to get a nut!
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A fine, funny, touching film???
22 November 2002 | by (Sunderland, MA) – See all my reviews

Yes, that's how I feel about it. And no one was more surprised than me.

While I think Eddie Murphy is often hilarious, I don't care so much for his scatological humor. It make me think he wasn't toilet-trained properly.

We get a fair amount of fart jokes in this flick, but they work because they fit in the context of the scenes, and the characters' motivations. They make sense first, THEN are funny, rather than the other way around (or just being silly because no one could think of anything funny to write).

But overriding the gas glee is a thoughtful story about a fat man dealing with his weight and trying to find romance. The special effects that gave Murphy his blubber are truly astounding. It never looks fake. And above all this is the incredible screen chemistry between Murphy's Professor Klump and Jada Pinkett Smith. Smith is always genuine in her interest in Sherman; and his bashfulness and sincerity are truly endearing.

I found this movie to be a pleasant surprise. I think you might, too.


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