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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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Father
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Window Boy
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Zack Zeigler ...
Teenage Boy
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Coach Willy Barker (as Samuel Lloyd)
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Storyline

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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Release Date:

26 November 1997 (USA)  »

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The Absent Minded Professor  »

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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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Trivia

Wil Wheaton was cast because he resembles Tommy Kirk who was in The Absent-Minded Professor (1961). See more »

Goofs

Midway through the film, the scene after Philip comes back home in his flying car and is talking to weebo in his kitchen and telling her how much he loves Sara and weebo is recording it. At some point while Philip is standing up in that scene you can see it's daylight out the window but he has just got back in from the outside being night time, further more to prove it should have been night time outside, he turns off the light to go to sleep and weebo flies outside to go to Sara's home. See more »

Quotes

Phillip Brainard: I love you with every cell, with every atom. I love you on a subatomic level.
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Features Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) See more »

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THE BLUE AND WHITE
Written by G.E. Leftwich, Jr.
Performed by Florida State University Marching Band
Courtesy of Platinum Entertainment
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Fun Mainly For The Kids
12 March 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was a fun remake of "The Absent-Minded Professor," with special-effects the main show here. We see and hear the following impossible things: inanimate objects become human (with feelings, no less!) and a flying computer called "Weebo." Obviously, this is just a far-off story designs only for laughs (I know one person who actually took some of this stuff seriously.)

Despite a bowling bowl repeatedly hitting someone in the head, it's a fairly harmless movie with no language problems, which is a rarity in a Robin Williams film. Robin is the "absent- minded professor," in this "Dr. Philip Brainiard." You can call him, "Dr. Phil." There are one or two sneaky-vulgar lines but nothing much.

With the flubber-substance making balls bounce forever, into every object, you get a lot of slapstick scenes that are either stupid or laugh-out-loud funny. The story, geared a lot more for kids than adults, has a nice lighthearted feel to it. For adults, one viewing is plenty, but kids will enjoy it multiple times.


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