The Nutty Professor

 
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A dumb, offensive movie--a good one to skip.
  • Review Date: June 24, 2003
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2002
  • Running Time: 95 minutes

What parents need to know

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
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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.

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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk about...

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

Movie details

Theatrical release date:January 2, 2002
DVD release date:January 2, 2002
Cast:Dave Chappelle, Eddie Murphy, Jada Pinkett Smith
Director:Tom Shadyac
Studio:Universal Pictures
Genre:Comedy
Run time:95 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:crude humor and sexual references

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Kid, 12 years old February 24, 2011
 

i saw it on tv, so not a lot of profanity or sex.

this movie has a great message at the end, but between that, its making fun of fat people and blacks. but i still enjoyed it.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Great messages
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 high. sure it's bad but not that bad i would give it 3 instead of 5. however, there are really really good role models such as carla, even though buddy is not.
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Too much sex
Too much swearing
Great role models
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
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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