Released 1998


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Les Mayfield
Flubber is a 1997 comedy about a particularly absentminded professor, Phillip Brainard (Robin Williams). Although he is brilliant, Phillip has trouble navigating his emotional relationships, including his engagement to Sara Jean Reynolds (Marcia Gay Harden), the president of a medical college. Lately, Phillip has been working hard to develop an alternative energy source and raise enough funds and awareness to save his college. He continuously fails to show up at his own weddings, pushing Sara's patience. To add even more stress to the mix, Phillip's rival, Wilson (Christopher McDonald), would be all too happy to swoop in and revel in the destruction of Phillip's relationship and career. However, Phillip has a breakthrough when one of his experiments proves successful. He has created a sentient, energetic form of flexible rubber, which he deems "Flubber" for "Flying Rubber." As Phillip tries to control this new invention, save his relationship, outsmart Wilson and deal with the affections of his robotic assistant, Weebo (Jodi Benson), it turns out that he will have to be anything but absentminded if he hopes to save the day.moreless

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  • 70

    Variety Joe Leydon

    Despite a couple of slow stretches along the way, director Mayfield does a generally fine job of integrating the eye-popping special effects with the simple but serviceable plot. T...

  • 50

    The New York Times Elvis Mitchell

    Though Mr. Williams sometimes seems on the verge of "Aladdin"-caliber improvisation with the ever-morphing green flubber, the film bogs him down with a fiancee (Marcia Gay Harden) ...

  • 50

    Los Angeles Times John Anderson

    Director Les Mayfield ("Miracle on 34th Street") has his moments, of course, but what ultimately was needed in the case of Flubber was a movie with more bounce and less talk.

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