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Flubber (1997)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi  |  26 November 1997 (USA)
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An absent-minded professor discovers "flubber," a rubber-like super-bouncy substance.

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Dr. Sara Jean Reynolds
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Wilson Croft
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Chester Hoenicker (as Raymond Barry)
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Bennett Hoenicker
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Martha George
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Weebo (voice)
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Sylvia
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Window Boy
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Teenage Boy
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Coach Willy Barker (as Samuel Lloyd)
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Professor Phillip Brainard, an absent-minded professor, works with his assistant Weebo, trying to create a substance that's a new source of energy and that will save Medfield College where his sweetheart Sara is the president. He has missed his wedding twice, and on the afternoon of his third wedding, Professor Brainard creates flubber, which allows objects to fly through the air. It looks like rubber, so he calls it flubber. This film is based on the 1961 Disney classic, "The Absent-Minded Professor. Written by Anonymous

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Rated PG for slapstick action and mild language | See all certifications »

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26 November 1997 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

DEM 5,635,547 (Germany) (20 March 1998)

Gross:

£10,728,868 (UK) (8 May 1998)
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Early in pre-production, Steven Spielberg considered Producing this movie. When Professor Brainard takes Sarah for a ride in the T-Bird, he flies through a cloud in front of the moon. As the cloud disperses you can see an obvious reference to E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982), which was directed by Steven Spielberg. See more »

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In movie Prof. Philip is a chemistry teacher but in the starting of the movie when he enters in a wrong class (actually an art class) and starts his lecture, he describes a formula of physics. See more »

Quotes

Professor Philip 'Phil' Brainard: [to Sara, before he attempts to fall out the window with the flubber springing him back up] Ta-ta, my love.
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Written by Alan Parsons and Eric Woolfson
Performed by The Alan Parsons Project
Courtesy of Arista Records, Inc.
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Fred MacMurray, where are you??
9 November 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Words escape me. My jaw is on the floor. How can this be?

You want to see how NOT to make a kid's comedy? Watch "Flubber" then count with me the ways:

1) Williams isn't funny (his hair seems to put in more acting time than he does).

2) It's written by John Hughes (and it isn't even good on a slapstick level! Sheesh!!).

3) Marcia Gay Harden is completely, totally, hopelessly wasted (did I say "totally"? Good!).

4) There aren't HALF as many funny situations in this one as there was in the original.

5) The bad guys act as if they're in a serious movie (though since there wasn't any laughs in this one, I can see where they would get confused for content).

6) There are more FX than anything else (when a movie forsakes its story in favor of an FX loop, it's not a good sign).

There are more, but we're only allowed 1,000 words for reviews here.

One star. For the FX. They're good.


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