Parents' Guide to

The Nutty Professor

By Joly Herman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Animated update of Jerry Lewis film is all about bullying.

Movie PG 2008 76 minutes
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age 13+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 18+

A beautiful coming of age movie

This film showcases the harsh childhood that this professor had, and why he became nutty, this was due to him being beaten by his pet cat after both his parents were killed by him at a science expo when he "accidentally" made a Molotov cocktail whilst experimenting, it lit up after it was struck by lightning and he accidentally threw it at his parents, sorry for the spoilers, back to the review, well this scientist goes to art school but is rejected, he then moves to germany; from Austria where he grew up, and joins the german workers party, ofcourse this is set in the 1890-1940's, where he works his way up and eventually becomes the leader of the party, which he has renamed the National Socialist German Workers' Party, Nazi for short, this is an incredibly original plot as who would have thought such an innocent boy would amount to so much, if you're looking for something to watch with your family, then this is the final solution
age 7+

- not for preschoolers!

Is It Any Good?

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All of the cool gadgets that could have been displayed in this movie take a backseat to the social pressures that Harold is faced with. Sadly, Jerry Lewis and Drake Bell's voice talents are largely wasted on a script that focuses on getting the girl and getting beaten up. Particularly disturbing is the inner voice that urges Harold to drink the potion so that he can be cool. Sounds a little bit like peer pressure to drink. Jerry Lewis' inner cool guy also appears as an alter-ego character called Buddy Love, who fights with Harold's alter-ego, Jack. So not only are bullies attacking Harold from the outside world, but he's bullied by his inner voice and has a fistfight with his grandfather. Not cool.

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