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Flubber (1997)

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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Professor Philip Brainard
... Dr. Sara Jean Reynolds
... Wilson Croft
... Wesson
... Smith
... Chester Hoenicker (as Raymond Barry)
... Bennett Hoenicker
... Martha George
... Weebo (voice)
... Sylvia
... Father
Benjamin Brock ... Window Boy
... Minister
Zack Zeigler ... Teenage Boy
... 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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Comedy | Family | Sci-Fi

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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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The Absent Minded Professor  »

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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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 a reference to E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982), which was directed by Steven Spielberg. See more »

Goofs

At several points when Brainard is talking to Weebo, you can see the bluescreen reflected in his glasses that was used to composite in Weebo's video screen. See more »

Quotes

[after two of Brainard's balls hit Smith and Wesson while testing the Flubber, the bowling ball knocks the cap off a tank of a compressed gas]
Phillip Brainard: [high-pitched voice] This definitely has applications in the field of sports. Ho, ho, ho! Yes!
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Features Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) See more »

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Arranged and Performed by Ronnie Neuman
Courtesy of Dominion Entertainment, Inc.
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Flying Rubber
25 January 2015 | by See all my reviews

Disney got Robin William's who became popular in the 1990s with family entertainment films to remake the The Absent Minded Professor. Popular with kids at the time mainly because it was co- written by John Hughes who put some of his Home alone slapstick formula with two comedy henchman played by Ted Levine and Clancy Brown.

William's discovers discovers some kind of flying rubber which may save his college which is in a financial crisis. So excited he is with his invention that he forgets his wedding day for the third time. Why his bride to be could not make sure that in case he forgets, he is accompanied by two people to drag him to the church on time is anyone's guess.

His girlfriend who also happens to be the College Dean gets the attention of a love rival and a mobster wants the formula for flubber and sends his henchman to retrieve it.

Williams is assisted by an Artificial Intelligent flying robot called Weebo which strangely is not marketed by Williams to save the college.

The film is knockabout slapstick squarely aimed at kids and they will appreciate it the most. Adults will find the film too silly, flawed and simplistic.


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