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  • Summary: Eddie 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? (Universal) Expand
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. More than just a walking fat joke, Sherman Klump is Eddie Murphy's winking rebuke of his own arrogance.
  2. Reviewed by: Allison Samuels
    Directed by Tom Shadyac ("Ace Ventura"), it's nearly sociopathic in its quest for laughs, and busts a very big gut.
  3. 75
    Eddie Murphy is funny again. Sadly, he lacks the guts to follow through on the cathartic self-satire that gives the film its distinction.
  4. Not that The Nutty Professor should ever be confused with a good movie, but it is a perfect vehicle for the redisplay of Murphy's neglected talents, steering him away from the smug persona of his recent disasters and whisking him back to the cozy locale of his Saturday Night Live roots.
  5. Reviewed by: Staff(not credited)
    This remake of Jerry Lewis's 1963 Jekyll and Hyde comedy is slackly directed and overloaded with flatulence jokes.
  6. Mr. Murphy proves himself a surprisingly strong actor here, playing Sherman with sweetness and poignancy, not to mention loads of funny weight-related humor.
  7. Reviewed by: Maria Schneider
    The film is otherwise plastic; the supporting players stink and a few too many fart jokes exist where wit belonged.

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  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
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  1. Mar 13, 2012
    I disagree with TheNewSpielberg.
    I felt this movie was very hilarious, and well executed. Why does my review need to be at least 150 characters long?
  2. May 16, 2013
    This is easily one of Eddie's best works and one of the most memorable films he has done thanks to playing that hilarious Klump family (which prompted the sequel). It's a hilarious comedy that works so well because of Eddie, but its also a great concept with a good meaning behind to it also. The classic 'dinner scene' is possibly one of my favourite scenes in a film, and it is just hilarious! Overall this is one of my personal favourite comedies, and I would highly recommend it! Expand
  3. May 10, 2012
    There are nonstop laughs and Eddie Murphy gives great performances for all of the 5 or 6 roles that he takes. The humor is simply spot-on in this comedy. Collapse
  4. Feb 22, 2013
    Eddie Murphy has a reputation in Hollywood of being hard to work with and his track record since the late 90's hasn't been a good one. It makes it hard to remember just what a comedy genius this guy used to be, and The Nutty Professor is a prime example of that. Nobody else could have pulled off this role and made this film as good as it was. It's always been kind of a stupid story, but Murphy played into that and turned it into something that both kids and adults would find funny. No matter what you think of Eddie Murphy, it is impossible not to laugh during this movie. The Nutty Professor is two hours of fun, and on top of that, it's a refershing kind of comedy that we don't really see much of anymore. Expand
  5. Mar 8, 2014
    The Nutty Professor is just plain dumb fun, with not much more of a purpose than to get a rise out of the audience and make them laugh. The movie doesn't try any harder than it should. Expand
  6. Apr 3, 2011
    A silly and over the top remake of the 1963 classic, Eddie Murphy stars as Sherman Klump, a man who is battling his own weight problems. He forms a cliche romantic relationship with a chemistry teacher named Carla Purty. One night, after having a horrific nightmare, he goes to the lab and creates a serum that enables him to become thin and muscular. However, his alter ego is both a blessing and a curse. Overall, a bad script makes the story boring. One of the only reasons to watch this mess is all the fantastic multi-roles played by Murphy, the highlight being Klump's mother, father, grandmother, nephew and brother. Another great gimmick are the mindblowing special effects by makeup supreme Rick Baker. Oh, and also a funny but mean theatrical outing as Buddy Love. The music is mostly 90s pop songs, but I like old music so what the hell. In other words, funny for the most part but generally just another big budget remake that was s**t out by Hollywood. Expand