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Saturday, 20 November 2010

The Nutty Professor



***

Fed up of being morbidly obese, scientist Sherman Klump (Eddie Murphy) makes a concoction that turns him into a toned, good-looking man, who tells everyone his name is Buddy Love, but the concoction stops being effective after a couple of hours. However, when Sherman becomes Buddy he goes from a sweet, sensitive, caring guy into a complete and utter womanising a**ehole, and it soon becomes clear that he has to accept himself for who he is and not become Buddy anymore.

This film really is great entertainment. The amount of jokes about fat people and obesity are bam, bam, bam, one after another, and are guaranteed to make you laugh, especially in a hilarious scene of banter between Buddy and insult comic Reggie Warrington (Dave Chappelle), where the two continuously insult each others mothers with a variety of fat gags. The laughter one will release when watching this film will also, very often, from the fact that this film is pure farce. Even when he is the obese Sherman, Murphy is very exaggerated in his gestures and delivery of lines, and as Buddy he creates such an over-the-top character with vast amounts of energy and gusto. The other strong point of the film is the transformations from Sherman to Buddy, and vice versa, which are created with some excellent shots and superb editing, making them so wonderful to look at.

The main downside, however, is the lack of character development. Sherman/Buddy gets plenty of development, which is understandable seeing as he's in pretty much every scene, but the only other character who gets any development is the love interest Carla Purty (Jada Pinkett), while the rest of the characters are there just to be props in a script that scarcely leaves Sherman/Buddy. There are also a couple of poorly written scenes where Buddy eats with his family (all played by Murphy, except his little brother, played by Jamal Mixon), which have no comic dialogue as they all discuss obesity, and the entire scenes seem to be only about the family members breaking wind. These flaws are what prevent this film from getting four stars (from myself at least), but apart from these flaws it is a very entertaining film, and Murphy really shows just how talented he once was at live-action comedy in this.


1996.
12.
Stars:
Eddie Murphy, Jada Pinkett, John Ales, James Coburn, Larry Miller, Dave Chappelle, Jamal Mixon.

Oscar: Best Makeup (Rick Baker, David LeRoy Anderson).

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