The Nutty Professor

Movie review by
Michael Scheinfeld, Common Sense Media
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A dumb, offensive movie--a good one to skip.
  • PG-13
  • 2002
  • 95 minutes

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 31 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Many fat jokes and racial epithets. Lots of nasty insults, flatulence jokes, and smutty double entendres.


Buddy punches a lab assistant a few times.


Buddy picks up three tramps and takes him back to his apartment for a wild orgy. The next morning they're all shown sleeping together in his bed. References to penises, breasts, and oral sex.


Lots of crude language for a PG-13

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this film has many sexual references, a torrent of profanity, nasty insults (including fat jokes and racial epithets), and a misguided obsession with flatulence. The anally-fixated script, which is packed with smutty double entendres and jokes about "colon cleansing," may delight twelve-year-old boys, but parents may well be horrified that this is what now passes for family entertainment in Hollywood.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byNicholas C. August 2, 2016

Nicholas Caltsoudas' The Nutty Professor Movie Review

The Nutty Professor has a great storyline and will definitely make you laugh but is not a film I recommend for anyone under the age of 15. There is a major cou... Continue reading
Parent of a 9, 11, and 13-year-old Written byRhiannon80 March 11, 2021


This movie is clever with the characters and makeup. How Eddie Murphy can be all characters at once is genius! However the sexual and racial inappropriateness r... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byriyalooola March 18, 2021


It is so boring unfunny and at least 8 uses of the N word
Not a lot of s*x but very bad.
Teen, 17 years old Written byTangojuice March 17, 2021


great movie but HAS WAY TO many swear words including s-word more than 4 times a*s is used often and lots other rude words . 13+ because of the swear words

What's the story?

Eddie Murphy plays seven roles in this remake of Jerry Lewis' 1963 comedy. Portly professor Sherman Klump (Murphy) falls for grad student Carla (Jada Pinkett), but he's too shy and self-conscious about his weight to make a move. When Klump invents a weight-loss potion and tests it on himself, he's transformed from a sweet, overweight guy into attractive, incredibly arrogant womanizer Buddy Love. Buddy tries to seduce Carla, and the inner Sherman eventually tries to conquer his horrible alter ego and return to his normal, goodnatured self.

Is it any good?

THE NUTTY PROFESSOR is a relentlessly tasteless star vehicle for Eddie Murphy, designed to let him show off his comic virtuosity. While his performances (and the Oscar-winning make-up effects) are technically impressive, the numerous scenes showing him portraying every member of his family at the dinner table are protracted and bring the plot to a dead stop.

The movie's major problem, however, is its torrent of profanity, nasty insults (including fat jokes and racial epithets), and its misguided obsession with flatulence. The anally-fixated script may delight twelve-year-old boys, but parents may well be horrified that this is what now passes for family entertainment in Hollywood. The sappy ending when Sherman says, "Life is not about how much you weigh, but being happy with yourself" is nothing more than a phony attempt at pathos to make up for the previous ninety minutes of raunchiness.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the appeal of gross-out humor. They could also discuss the line between silly and offensive.

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