The Nutty Professor

Imagine Entertainment Released 1996


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Tom Shadyac

The Nutty Professor is a 1996 comedy film starring Eddie Murphy as Sherman Klump and a slew of other characters. Sherman Klump is a good-natured genetics professor who has problems with his weight and confidence. He is working on a DNA alteration technique that will ease the weight-loss process. He also meets a grad student named Carla Purty and gains the confidence to try and lose weight and ask her out. The two go on a date that goes well at first before Sherman is made the victim of insult comedian Reggie Warrington's acerbic jokes. Depressed, Sherman decides to try his DNA altering formula on himself. This creates a skinny alter-ego for Sherman he names Buddy Love. Buddy Love starts dating Carla while his new personality is getting out of control. His obnoxious actions eventually drive Carla away. She tries to confide in Sherman, but a misunderstanding drives her away from him as well. Hitting rock bottom, Sherman once again transforms into Buddy in order to impress an alumni at a fund raising event. This results in a confrontation between Sherman and Buddy for control of the body in front of Carla, and Sherman's parents (all played by Murphy).



Metacritic Score

  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Tasteful, subtle and sophisticated are a few of the words that aren't going to be applied to Eddie Murphy's version of The Nutty Professor. But funny, funny is something else again.

  • 75

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    And the movie succeeds in two different ways: It's sweet and good-hearted, and then again it's raucous slapstick and bathroom humor. I liked both parts.

  • 60

    The New York Times Elvis Mitchell

    Mr. Murphy proves himself a surprisingly strong actor here, playing Sherman with sweetness and poignancy, not to mention loads of funny weight-related humor.

James Coburn

James Coburn

Harlan Hartley

Eddie Murphy

Eddie Murphy

Sherman Klump / Papa Klump / Mama Klump / Grandma Klump / Erinie Klump / Buddy Love / Lance Perkins

Larry Miller

Larry Miller

Dean Richmond

Jada Pinkett Smith

Jada Pinkett Smith

Carla Purty

Dave Chappelle

Dave Chappelle

Reggie Warrington

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