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The Nutty Professor (1996)

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Grossly overweight yet good-hearted professor Sherman Klump takes a special chemical that turns him into the slim but obnoxious Buddy Love.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eddie Murphy ... Sherman Klump / Buddy Love / Lance Perkins / Papa Klump / Mama Klump / Grandma Klump / Ernie Klump
Jada Pinkett Smith ... Carla Purty (as Jada Pinkett)
James Coburn ... Harlan Hartley
Larry Miller ... Dean Richmond
Dave Chappelle ... Reggie Warrington
John Ales ... Jason
Patricia Wilson Patricia Wilson ... Dean's Secretary
Jamal Mixon ... Ernie Klump Jr.
Nichole McAuley ... Fit Woman
Hamilton von Watts Hamilton von Watts ... Health Instructor (as Hamilton Von Watts)
Chao Li Chi ... Asian Man (as Chao-Li Chi)
Tony Carlin Tony Carlin ... Host
Quinn Duffy ... Bartender
Montell Jordan ... Himself
Doug Williams ... Band Leader
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Storyline

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

Taglines:

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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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 June 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El profesor chiflado See more »

Filming Locations:

Beverly Hills, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$54,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$25,400,000, 30 June 1996, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$128,814,019

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$273,961,019
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Imagine Entertainment See more »
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby SR | DTS-Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Reggie's "Birthday" joke about Sherman is technically incorrect. He compares Sherman's size to that of the Earth. Turning around in a circle would only amount to one day. He would actually have to orbit around a mass comparable to the sun to obtain a year passing. However the point of the joke was clearly easy to comprehend. See more »

Goofs

In the first scene involving Buddy Love driving the Viper, you can see someone sitting in the passenger side as he drives away. See more »

Quotes

Grandma Klump: [starts coughing heavily]
Papa Klump: Everybody better cover your plate.
Mama Klump: Here, momma, have some water.
Grandma Klump: Whatcha talking' about cover your plate? Not tonight, Cletus. I'll kick your ass.
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Crazy Credits

During the credits, outtakes are shown. See more »

Alternate Versions

When Sherman Klump opens the drawer in his desk and reveals the secret compartment containing all the candy, there is a row of 'Snickers' bars on the top. In some T.V. versions, at least in the UK, the word 'Snickers' is digitally altered to 'Chocky'. See more »

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Super Bad
Written and Performed by James Brown
Courtesy of Polydor Records
by arrangement with PolyGram Film & TV Licensing
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Sheer comedic brilliance
4 January 2007 | by view_and_reviewSee all my reviews

"The Nutty Professor" is easily deserving of being mentioned with the funniest movies of all time. This movie was nothing short of comedic genius. Eddie Murphy cemented himself as a comedy legend with his performance(s) in "The Nutty Professor". I would go so far as to say that I've never seen two scenes funnier than the two Klump family dinner scenes. For Eddie Murphy to have pulled that off so seamlessly only showed his range and his talent. The two dinner scenes were gut busting hi-la-ri-ous, and what made them so good is that you don't even realize that Eddie Murphy is playing all of those roles. The second dinner scene was particularly hilarious because of Professor Klump; although he never says a word. He was so humiliated by his family's actions that he had the most mortified look on his face, and a couple of times you could even see him attempt to cut his wrist with a butter knife. Priceless!!!


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