Flashback Review: The Nutty Professor

After a string of critical flops in the ’90s, Eddie Murphy signed on to play not one, but multiple characters in “The Nutty Professor.” Released in 1996, (same year Happy Gilmore came out) it received positive reviews from critics and movie goers alike. Plus, it made a lot of money at the box office. Thanks to The Nutty Professor launching a comeback for Eddie, he went on to star in notable movies such as “Mulan,” “Dr. Dolittle, its sequel and last but not least, the “Shrek” series. Prior to voicing Donkey in the latter, Eddie reprises his roles in a sequel known as “The Nutty Professor II: The Klumps.” Unlike the first movie, the sequel earned negative reviews and made less money. Eddie’s next film is a comedy with Jonah Hill titled, “You People” streaming exclusively on Netflix. One more thing, Eddie will reprise his role as Axel Foley in a fourth film of “Beverley Hills Cop.”

It doesn’t matter if SPOILERS are listed. We often bring up quotes and look up memes online.

Big & Small Aspects

Big: Eddie Murphy did a funny as heck job for his performances as the titular character, Buddy Love and the Klump family. One exception is the chubby nephew.

Other Cast Member such as Jada Pinkett Smith, (pre-G.I. Jane II era) Larry Miller & Dave Chappelle (one of my favorite comedians) all did a solid job for their respective performances.

Tom Shadyac (Ace Ventura, Liar Liar, Bruce Almighty) did a good job directing the movie.

Steve Oedekerk (Jimmy Neutron, Kung Pow: Enter the Fist, Bruce Almighty) co-wrote the script with his business partner Mr. Shadyac.

Brian Grazer produced the film courtesy of his production company Imagine Entertainment. As you may know, he and Ron Howard are business partners.

Humor is filled with flatulence, visual gags, memorable dialogue and jokes that went over my head as a kid. Don’t forget this line… “Hercules, Hercules Hercules!” Every time I hear the word Hercules, I automatically think of this. Like a tattoo forever in my head.

My favorite line from Papa Klump is… “You want your colon cleansed?” Fine, I’m gonna clean mine!” It deserves Bonus Points for making me laugh so hard. I like fart jokes. Papa Klump is my favorite out of all the family members.

Opening Scene with hamsters running amuck, indicates what you’re about to see will make you laugh hysterically.

Rick Baker (An American Werewolf in London, Men in Black, Hellboy) transformed Eddie into Sherman Klump and his family via fatsuit. There’s a legit reason The Nutty Professor won an Oscar for “Best Makeup.”

Sherman’s catchphrase is “Yes I Can!” A Decade Later, Barack Obama coined his catchphrase, “Yes we Can!” Barack’s also a movie buff.

Sherman’s nightmare is a spoof of “Godzilla” & “King Kong.” “Beavis and Butthead Do America” also poked fun at the two icons.

There’s no forced romance between Sherman & Carla. Their chemistry felt natural.

A fight scene between Sherman and Buddy fighting to control the body, predates “Fight Club.”

Like “Aladdin,” the moral of the story is all about being yourself.

Outtakes are shown during the end credits. You can tell Eddie and the crew are having a good time.

Small: I couldn’t find nothing wrong. I’m giving the cast and crew an Extra Point for making a flawless movie as possible.

The Final Verdict: A, FOR APEX!

The Nutty Professor is one of Eddie Murphy’s best works along with Beverly Hills Cop, “Coming to America,” Dr. Dolittle, Mulan, the Shrek series, “Dreamgirls” and “Dolomite Is My Name.” If you’re prepping up for Mr. Murphy’s upcoming Beverly Hills Cop 4, rewatch all his aforementioned movies. I hope “Shrek 5” becomes reality. Puss in Boots got a sequel ten years after his spin-off, there’s a chance it could happen.

One thought on “Flashback Review: The Nutty Professor

  1. I’m glad Eddie Murphy kept his humor in this film. I’ve seen old videos of his as a comedian on Saturday Night Live. His acts cracked me up.


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