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Flubber (1997)

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An absent-minded professor discovers "flubber," a rubber-like super-bouncy substance.

Director:

Les Mayfield

Writers:

Samuel W. Taylor (short story "A Situation of Gravity"), John Hughes (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robin Williams ... Professor Philip Brainard
Marcia Gay Harden ... Dr. Sara Jean Reynolds
Christopher McDonald ... Wilson Croft
Ted Levine ... Wesson
Clancy Brown ... Smith
Raymond J. Barry ... Chester Hoenicker (as Raymond Barry)
Wil Wheaton ... Bennett Hoenicker
Edie McClurg ... Martha George
Jodi Benson ... Weebo (voice)
Leslie Stefanson ... Sylvia
Malcolm Brownson ... Father
Benjamin Brock Benjamin Brock ... Window Boy
Dakin Matthews ... Minister
Zack Zeigler Zack Zeigler ... Teenage Boy
Sam Lloyd ... 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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The stuff dreams are made of. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Family | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 November 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Absent Minded Professor See more »

Filming Locations:

Alameda, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$35,892,031, 30 November 1997, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$92,977,226

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$177,977,226
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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The name "Medfield" comes from a town, in which Walt Disney liked to vacation, Medfield, Massachusetts. See more »

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The chess board in the kitchen is set up "sideways" - the white corner square should be on the right side. See more »

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Coach Willy Barker: All right, Squirrels! Listen up here now. Okay, Rutland may have us in height and reach... weight and power... agility, speed and talent... They have the advantage on offense... and defense... Sure they are better coached... Better trained... And their will to win is unmatched in the conference... They are undefeated in the last 108 games. But that doesn't mean we can't whip these guys, right?
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GET ME TO THE CHURCH ON TIME (I'M GETTING MARRIED IN THE MORNING)
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Fred MacMurray, where are you??
9 November 1999 | by Mister-6See 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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