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The Nutty Professor (1996)

Eddie Murphy , Jada Pinkett Smith , Tom Shadyac  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Eddie Murphy, Jada Pinkett Smith, James Coburn, Larry Miller, Dave Chappelle
  • Directors: Tom Shadyac
  • Writers: Tom Shadyac, David Sheffield, Barry W. Blaustein, Steve Oedekerk
  • Producers: Brian Grazer, Russell Simmons, Jerry Lewis
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: January 20, 1998
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0783225539
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,488 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Nutty Professor" on IMDb

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    Eddie Murphy gives the "performances" of his career playing no less than seven roles in this uproarious Jekyll-and-Hyde comedy from Imagine Entertainment. Murphy stars as Dr. Sherman Klump, a kind, "calorically challenged" genetics professor who longs to shed his 400-pound frame in order to win the heart of beautiful Jada Pinkett. So, with one swig of his experimental fat-reducing serum, Sherman becomes "Buddy Love", a fast-talking, pumped-up, plumped-down Don Juan. Can Sherman stop his buff alter ego before it's too late, or will Buddy have the last laugh? Boasting incredible special effects, a super soundtrack, and co-starring James Coburn, Larry Miller, Dave Chappelle and John Ales, this hilarious hit is worth its weight in fun!

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    13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Hysterical July 8, 2006
    Format:VHS Tape
    Totally awesome movie with jokes and sight gags galore. Eddie Murphy is one talented man playing all those roles of the Cletus family plus Buddy Love. A little crude yet but alot of laughing......gas!

    Definitely pick this one up and pass on the sequel as that one overdoses on the fart jokes. This one uses a multi-joke formula all the way to success.
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    6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Review: The Nutty Professor November 18, 2005
    Eddie Murphy did a great job in The Nutty Professor with his role as Professor Sherman Klump/Buddy Love and also playing the entire Klump family. While watching scenes from the family dinners it is obvious what a great job Murphy did in this film. Each of the family members has their own personality and quarks that make the otherwise pointless dinners very enjoyable and fun to watch. The special effects and make-up used in this film are also amazing and they portrayed very real looking qualities.

    Sherman Klump, a very bright professor who is also dealing with an obesity issue, finds himself falling for a colleague, Miss Carla Perdy. Klump is convinced that he doesn't have a chance with Carla because of his appearance. He believes that he needs to change himself in order to get Carla to appreciate him so he decides to try a formula, which he has been testing on hamsters, on himself. The formula is a DNA restructuring chemical and when it is ingested by Klump he drops 300 pounds immediately. This skinny, obnoxious and loud version of Professor Klump comes to be known as Buddy Love. Buddy is very critical of people, especially obese people, and he is determined to take over Klump's body and his life.

    This movies main objective is to show that you should be happy with yourself. The jokes in this film were also carefully thought through so they wouldn't offend most viewers, especially overweight viewers. I found this movie to be more enjoyable than the original, starring Jerry Lewis, which has very few similarities with this version. I highly recommend this movie to anyone who enjoys a little comic relief.
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars for Murphy, 4 for the movie November 22, 2008
    Right off the bat - Eddie Murphy deserved an Oscar for his performance in this movie. Robbing him for this extraordinary performance that I dare say no other actor in Hollywood today could've pulled off with such ease and brilliance is one of the Academy's biggest oversights. While he did win the National Society of Film Critics award, Murphy wasn't even nominated for the Oscar. Granted, the history of head-scratching moves by the Academy could fill pages; neglecting Murphy's work in this movie seems like one of the best examples of how comedy is largely ignored by the Academy.
    As for the movie, The Nutty Professor is crudely funny and highly enjoyable. Murphy is the only reason to watch the movie since he is on screen nearly the entire time in one character or another, and he never disappoints in any of the roles he plays. The plot is largely superfluous because the real treat of the movie is watching Murphy vamp and carry-on as only this comedic superstar can. This movie is Eddie Murphy on steroids and that makes for one hugely entertaining romp. If you wish to see one of the most impressive performances in cinema, catch The Nutty Professor and simply marvel at Murphy. Eddie hasn't always chosen the best parts but this tour-de-force is simply stunning.
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Sherman Klump Every Bit As Good as Buddy Love November 5, 1999
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    Eddy Murphy's remake is inspired genius. Without walking all over the indelible perfection of Jerry Lewis' original, Murphy recasts the nutty prof in 1990s terms and with technological advances. Two words: See it! Oh, yeah, don't forget to see the Jerry Lewis version. I give both 5 stars out of 5!
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    5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars THE NUTTY PROFESSOR: EDDIE RULES June 2, 2006
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Could be the funniest movie you ever see June 29, 2006
    I stopped from viewing this movie for a long time becouse I was told that it was nowhere near as good as the original. Well let me set this straight. Jerry Lewis does a fantastic job in the original and his rendition of Buddy Love was somewhat more dramatic then Eddie Murphy but Eddie has to be the funniest actor alive. Almost from the time the movie started right up 'till near the end I was in tears from laughing so hard. Eddie Murphy is not only funny but he can act as well. I love all of his movies that I've seen so far. And I will take what people tell me about remakes with a very large grain of salt from now on.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Funny remake August 29, 2005
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    If you enjoyed the original "Nutty Professor" (starring Jerry Lewis) and love Eddie Murphy's humor; this movie must be added to your DVD collection. Slight changes in movie, but, premise is the same - kind-hearted, intelligent man with lot to offer is unable to see past his obesity to realize/believe that he can have someone in his life. Eddie Murphy's ability to play different characters shows through just as brilliant as in "Coming to America". If you love SNL type humor and Eddie Murphy's hysterical behavior/laughter you will love this movie. I play it everytime I need some good belly-laughs.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite Eddie Murphy Movie
    This Movie Is very Funny.
    Published 1 day ago by Caden LaPlante
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    its great
    Published 9 days ago by Eric Booth
    4.0 out of 5 stars but it is classic Eddie Murphy at his best!
    Not the same as the original Jerry Lewis version...but it is classic Eddie Murphy at his best!
    Published 10 days ago by AMon
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Published 24 days ago by Joe
    5.0 out of 5 stars Freaking Hilarious!
    This is a really creative and talented way to show Eddie Murphy's total skills. He sings, he acts he's freaking hilarious. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Hope54
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    I liked the movie!
    Published 1 month ago by Cody Reschke
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    very good
    Published 2 months ago by clay
    3.0 out of 5 stars Ok
    The packaging of the DVD seems cheap. I have had new DVD's from stores and the cover does not feel like this. Also, It did not come with the book that usually comes with DVDs.
    Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
    5.0 out of 5 stars This is my favorite movie.
    The Nutty Professor goes without saying is one of the funniest movies I have seen. I think it's a work of art. I love to laugh and laugh I did. Read more
    Published 5 months ago by Garland Griffin
    5.0 out of 5 stars Love this movie!
    I'm really glad it came in both the blu-ray and DVD copies so it made it easier for us to watch it with both players. Very, very good quality. Love it! Recommend!
    Published 6 months ago by AngelE
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