Flubber

1997

Action / Comedy / Family / Sci-Fi

92
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 23%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 33%
IMDb Rating 5.2 10 73420

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Cast

Robin Williams as Professor Philip Brainard
Marcia Gay Harden as Dr. Sara Jean Reynolds
Wil Wheaton as Bennett Hoenicker
Clancy Brown as Smith
720p.BLU
647.47 MB
1280*720
English
PG
25.000 fps
1hr 33 min
P/S 7 / 48

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Filipe Neto 2 / 10

Too much potential badly tapped.

In my opinion, this is one of the most discreet and little-known films of Robin Williams' career, despite having had a lot of publicity and media coverage when it debuted. It tells the story of a distracted scientist who creates a gelatin-like green substance that has a life of its own and can solve the world's energy problems. In the midst of all this, his robotic helper falls in love with him and ruins his marriage. The story of the movie starts from an original idea, but it has many flaws and gigantic plot holes. Robin Williams looks good in the main character, although he does not look very motivated. The actor's tone is much warmer and lazier than usual. Flubber, as a character, was absurdly underutilized in the film, even considering the brilliant musical scene made with this character. The nature of the substance "Flubber" is never clarified, nor is it really alive. Weebo, the assistant of the scientist played by Williams, ends up becoming the most complete character of the film, with a strong dramatic and psychological depth and well-made humor moments. The villains are good as comic elements but they also were not very developed as characters. All this harms the film a lot and causes adults to reject it altogether whereas the children, for whom the film is clearly directed, merely laugh at their jokes. We can conclude that this film is a succession of very positive and promising elements that failed because they were not exploited in the best way. Maybe that's why the movie was never a success. It simply did not stay in the memory of that generation and eventually slipped into oblivion over the years.

Reviewed by NateWatchesCoolMovies 9 / 10

It's flying rubber... It's, Flubber!!

A remake of an old black and white Disney flick called The Absent Minded Professor that has long since gotten a bit stale, Flubber took all the best elements of that and breathed new 90's life into the premise, most of the pep in its step coming from star Robin Williams. Keep in mind it was a critical bomb though, which just doesn't make a shred of sense to me. It's fun, lighthearted, hilarious and just a bit raunchy in places where it can pull it off. For whatever reason, it didn't sit well with anyone other than fans like me who will furiously shove a copy in your face if we hear that you haven't seen it. Williams is college professor Philip Brainard, who is so absent minded it borders on dementia. He leaves his lovely fiancé (Marcia Gay Harden) at the alter TWICE, prompting the advances of irksome college dean Shooter Mcgavi- I mean Christopher Mcdonald. He's on a quest, you see, an obsessive quest to find the formula for... something. That something turns up after a destructive whirlwind of disasters in his basement lab, and in the form of Flubber, a lovable ball of green goo, infected with incurable ADHD and an inexhaustible sense of humour. While the utter the life of the party, Flubber does have its practical uses, such as making cars fly and turning the hopeless varsity basketball team into a bunch of flying Tasmanian devils who nail every dunk. This all gets the attention of insidious local philanthropist and lowlife Chester Hoenicker (Raymond J. Barry) who greedily wants the discovery for his own. He sends his two goons Smith (Ted Levine) and Wesson (Clancy Brown) to rob Brainard of his precious sentient mucous, which turns into one of the most hilarious displays of slapstick comedy since the Three Stooges. Oh, did I mention Williams has a little flying UFO sidekick named Weebo, who has a perfect GIF reaction to everything, before GIF's were even a thing? So much to love about this little classic. Williams is his usual buoyant self, with some of his trademark razor focus diminished in favor of doe eyed, vacuous forgetfulness that would make Jason Bourne guilty for ever whining about his predicament. Special effects are top drawer too, Flubber would look dapper in Blu Ray if they ever felt so inclined as to release one, not to mention aforementioned airborne automobiles and dear little Weebo. Can't give enough glowing praise to this little treasure, and hiss enough venom towards those sourpuss critics who assaulted it. Flubber for the win.

Reviewed by Python Hyena 1 / 10

Guck!

Flubber (1997): Dir: Les Mayfield / Cast: Robin Williams, Marcia Gay Harden, Christopher MacDonald, Raymond J. Barry, Wil Wheaton: Flubber is green goo that bounces and stretches. Robin Williams plays a professor who creates the substance and it has the ability to render people or objects air born, which makes it difficult to control. There is a subplot regarding a student whom Williams flunked who just happens to be the son of someone they owe payments too. Formula plot mixed with stupidity with an ending that achieves the same affect as a kick to the groin. Director Les Mayfield creates a mess. He previously remade Miracle on 34th Street so now he is remaking The Absent-Minded Professor. Talk of machines with souls is unnecessary and laughable. Special effects are appealing but acting is terrible. Williams is basically rehashing old acts and his marriage ceremony scenes is actually offensive. Marcia Gay Harden is given the thankless role of girlfriend. Christopher MacDonald plays the villain, as if that is a surprise. Raymond J. Barry also makes an appearance as if this was some kind of grand career move. Wil Wheaton plays a snot nose little brat whom Williams must take down school wise. The special effects form many objects and fancy the mind with music but screenplay isn't quite so lucky. Pointless puke family crap that eventually turns to guck. Score: 1 / 10

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