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The Nutty Professor (1996)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi | 28 June 1996 (USA)
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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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Tom Shadyac
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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 ... Dean's Secretary
Jamal Mixon ... Ernie Klump Jr.
Nichole McAuley 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 ... Self
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.

Genres:

Comedy | Romance | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for crude humor and sexual references | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Eddie Murphy originally wanted John Landis to direct. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Mama Klump: Cletus, the dog has ripped the garbage bag open again.
Papa Klump: Well, shoot the damn dog!
Mama Klump: I ain't shootin' no dog!
Papa Klump: I'm tryin' to watch "Roseanne."
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Ali G Indahouse (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

I Got You (I Feel Good)
Written and Performed by James Brown
Courtesy of Polydor Records
by arrangement with PolyGram Film & TV Licensing
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A fine, funny, touching film???
22 November 2002 | by Jim-500See 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 June 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Nutty Professor See more »

Filming Locations:

Beverly Hills, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$54,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$25,411,725, 30 June 1996

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 | DTS-Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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