The Nutty Professor

The Nutty Professor

Tom Shadyac (1996)

12 Certificate


Our Score
This reworking of the 1963 Jerry Lewis comedy saw Eddie Murphy back on form as Sherman Klump, a sweet-natured, obese science teacher who perfects a potion that turns him into a svelte, sexy love machine. Of course, the potion wears off at the most unfortunate times, making his attempts at romance with attractive teaching assistant Jada Pinkett a bit of a lottery. Murphy plays the professor to poignant perfection; thanks to the genius of the Oscar-winning make-up and the computer graphics department, he also portrays three generations of his family at the same dinner table. Snappily directed by Tom Shadyac, this isn't quite as daft as the mad 60s original, but it is a thoroughly enjoyable and well-played laughfest.


An obese, terminally shy professor invents a potion that transforms him into a slim, loud-mouthed charmer. His new streamlined self immediately sets out to woo the woman of his dreams - but soon starts to ride roughshod over everything he used to care about. Remake of the 1963 Jerry Lewis comedy, starring Eddie Murphy, Jada Pinkett Smith, James Coburn and Larry Miller.

Cast & Crew

Sherman Klump/Buddy Love Eddie Murphy
Harlan Hartley James Coburn
Dean Richmond Larry Miller
Carla Purty Jada Pinkett Smith
Reggie Warrington Dave Chappelle
Jason John Ales
Secretary Patricia Wilson
Ernie Klump Jr Jamal Mixon
Director Tom Shadyac
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Violence, swearingAvailable on: video and DVD