More hilarious but envelope-pushing Murphy humor
Eddie Murphy pushes the boundaries again in this vehicle. However, not only that. Murphy goes a little too far with the fat jokes and nasty insults. The insults littered throughout the film were certainly unnecessary, and are quite vulgar for a PG-13 movie. However, apparently all the insults and jokes are in the name of fun—but I actually find it hard to believe that viewers won’t be offended by the jokes—preventing the jokes from eliciting the intended laugh.
However, no doubt about it, some of the jokes and comedic parts of the film are extraordinarily hilarious. Some of the comedy isn’t exactly offensive, either, and manages to elicit an effective laugh from the audience—making The Nutty Professor funnier than it would be with just unnecessary jokes. Some of the jokes aren’t offensive, and are actually funny.
Overall, The Nutty Professor is certainly a very funny Murphy vehicle, but at the same time is borderline offensive with its humor. Here is a brief content description of the film:
Positive messages: N/A. Not many positive messages to be found in the relentless dose of humor in the film.
Positive role models: N/A.
Violence: 3/10. Buddy punches his assistant repeatedly throughout the film; this is played for laughs in the film.
Sex: 8/10. Frequent sexual jokes are made throughout the film. The jokes are not appropriate for children, and include references to sex and sexual acts. These jokes push the boundary of the PG-13 rating. Implications of group sex in one scene.
Profanity: 7/10. Some profanity includes use of “S***” and “A**”, which are used frequently in the film. No “F” words are used, but other strong profanities and insults are used throughout the film.
Drinking/Drugs/Smoking: 3/10. Drinking at a party is shown in one scene.
Overall, The Nutty Professor offers some hilarious jokes, but sometimes Murphy pushes the boundaries by adding offensive humor which isn’t exactly funny and instead, will offend some viewers. Some of the jokes used throughout the film were certainly unnecessary in the film.
However, the film is undeniably hilarious. The Nutty Professor offers some very effective laughs for the audience, and will find some entertainment in mature audiences.
Overall, The Nutty Professor is a hilarious but also offensive film. I give The Nutty Professor 3 out of 5 stars, and recommend it to mature teens 15 and up.