The Nutty Professor

1963

Action / Comedy / Romance / Sci-Fi

60
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 88%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 67%
IMDb Rating 6.7 10 13771

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Richard Kiel as Man in Gym
Jerry Lewis as Professor Julius Kelp / Buddy Love
Henry Gibson as Gibson, College Student
Stella Stevens as Stella Purdy
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by a_chinn 10 / 10

Lewis' most personal film is magic if you know his backstory

This film changed for me after I read "King of Comedy: The Life and Art Of Jerry Lewis" by Shawn Levy. Conventional wisdom at the time about this Jekyll and Hyde story about timid Prof. Julius Kelp creating a formula that turns him into brash ladies man Buddy Love is that Lewis was making a dig at his old comedy partner, Dean Martin. Levy posits that Lewis was not making a film mocking the behavior of Martin but was in actuality condemning (and apologizing for) his own real-life off-screen behavior as a loud-mouth, self-centered, know-it-all. SPOILER ALERT! At the end of the film, when timid Kelp apologizes to everyone for his behavior as Buddy Love and says, "I think that the lesson that I learned came just in time. I don't want to be something that I'm not. I didn't like being someone else. At the same time I'm very glad I was cause I found out something that I never knew. You might as well like yourself. Just think about all the time you're going to have to spend with you. And if you don't think too much of yourself, how do you expect others to?" This was Lewis making a extremely personal and candid confession about himself under the guise of Kelp, and re-watching this film knowing Lewis' personal history, this scene is utterly heartbreaking to watch. Most of Lewis' films have a tendency to get overly sappy and maudlin, but the sappiness in this film really works for me and which is why this is my favorite Lewis film. Additionally, the comedy is funnier than most of Lewis' films, which I usually find funny in kind of an odd clinical if not genuinely funny way. It's as if he's presenting a formula for how to make a comedy, which seems to work, but for whatever reason often seems forced and not consistently funny. But with "The Nutty Professor" it all works and I believe Lewis created a American film classic. Oh, and the one scene where Lewis is lifting weights and his arms get stretched out made my mind explode as a kid.

Reviewed by chauge-73253 8 / 10

Jerry Lewis in a Dual role as Himself

This classic movie from Jerry Lewis co-written by Bill Richmond and himself is an interesting and funny story but also a window into the Jerry Lewis mind during the height of his popularity as a solo performer. Lewis plays Professor Julius Kelp, a brilliant but bumbling, stumbling, and stuttering scientist who creates an alter ego, Buddy Love, to help him overcome his perceived inadequacies. Trying to distinguish the two and figure out whether they are really the same person is Stella Purdy, played by Stella Stevens, who becomes the object of Jerry Lewis' affections on and reportedly off-screen as well. The film shows the transformation of Kelp from wuss to playboy as a result of a formula he develops in his lab. You have to suspend some disbelief that nobody can figure out the difference between the two just from essentially no glasses and a new hairdo and clothes. Although Lewis makes the voice the ultimate disguise to distract from the obvious similarities. I did end up wondering how much of Lewis' real personality was on display between Professor Kelp and Buddy Love. Probably a lot. The film is visually stunning, with an incredible array of vibrant colors in the backdrops and sets, as well as Stevens' wardrobe. The film has plenty of laughs from the pratfalls and sight gags. Not a lot of sophisticated, witty banter but is that really what you come for in a Jerry Lewis movie? I won't give you the moral of the story but you can probably figure it out for yourself. Some things seem dated but it is very much a sit back, relax, and enjoy the show type of movie even today.

Reviewed by justin-fencsak 8 / 10

In remembrance of Jerry Lewis' death, I highly recommend seeing this movie...

Long before Eddie Murphy became one for two movies, Jerry Lewis was the original Nutty Professor. Released by Paramount in the year known mostly for the assassination of JFK, this movie still stands the test of time as one of the greatest comedies ever made. It's very funny, despite being outdated by today's standards, and the casting is great. I first saw this on VHS and enjoyed it very much. I suggest you see this movie first before seeing the Eddie Murphy remake and its sequel, the Klumps.

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