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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 14+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 27 reviews

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.

Violence

Buddy punches a lab assistant a few times.

Sex

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.

Language

Lots of crude language for a PG-13

Consumerism
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
Parent of a 12 and 14 year old Written by2Blessed July 15, 2016

Surprisingly Vulgar

Too many sexual references. Grandma talks about how a man "makes her moist" and how cunnilingus never hurt anyone.
Adult Written bypiperuk August 15, 2015

Not suitable for under 15s

Explicit sexual references, bad language. Was very uncomfortable watching it with my 12 yo daughter. We turned it off after 45 mins.
Kid, 11 years old August 27, 2013

The Nutty Professor

Funny film has bad language and bulling the professor because he's a very fat man
Teen, 13 years old Written bysillywiz May 15, 2011

AGE 10

WOAH. I mean, i totally (no offense) disagree with the review. i watched it with my seven year old sister. it wasn't that bad. the level for sex is way too... Continue reading

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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