''Flubber'' is a 1997 movie starring RobinWilliams, and a remake of 1961's ''TheAbsentMindedProfessor''.

Williams plays Professor Phillip Brainard, an AbsentMindedProfessor-type searching for an energy-based scientific breakthrough in order to save his college from closing for lack of funding. He stumbles across such a creation in the form of "flying rubber" (the eponymous "flubber"), a physics-defying green rubber-like substance that can somehow both bounce with inexhaustable kinetic energy and defy gravity. With it and the help of his RobotBuddy, Weebo, Brainard hopes to save his college and his relationship with his long-suffering fiancee Dr. Sara Jean Reynolds (Marcia Gay Harden), while fending off an ObviouslyEvil rival and his corrupt Dean, who try to steal Flubber for themselves.

Since this is not only a live-action Disney film, but a remake of same from the '60s, you know there's a MegaHappyEnding in the offing.
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!!''Flubber'' contains examples of the following tropes:
* AbsentMindedProfessor: A genius innovator of robots, flubber, and Rube Goldberg contraptions, but don't expect him to arrive at his own wedding on time (which he missed four times), or have the common sense to sell his inventions already rather than use them for slapstick humor and to win basketball games (or at least hire someone to do it for him). It's also a remake of the TropeNamer, ''TheAbsentMindedProfessor''.
** On the other hand, Wilson does say that he stole Phillip's ideas, so maybe he got there first.
* AintNoRule: When the opposing coach in the basketball game calls shenanigans over the other team's Flubber-enhanced jumping abilities, the ref simply tells him that there's no rule about jumping too high.
* AndThisIsFor: Sara yells "This is for Weebo!" when throwing Flubber at the BigBad.
* AvoidTheDreadedGRating: The film had one instance of "damn" very obviously inserted just to earn the film a PG rating. Strangely enough, when later aired on ''TheWonderfulWorldOfDisney'', it had the word seamlessly removed to bring it back down to TV-G.
* BrickJoke: One scene has a boy who's afraid to go to sleep, so his father shuts the window in his room to reassure him that nothing can get in. Cue Flubber smashing through the window and bouncing around the room. At the end of the movie, the same boy's riding an airplane, with his father once again reassuring him that there's nothing all the way up in the sky. The boy looks out the window, and sees Brainard's flying car driving next to the plane (with Flubber riding in it.)
* ButtMonkey: Smith and Wesson.
** Phillip is very often from his experiments.
** Wilson takes blows several times.
** Some of the basketball referees and team players just as well.
** Chester Hoenicker and his son are only during the end.
** The Window boy, the things he has to unfortunately take from all of Phillip's experiments always ironic to what his father always tries to assure him.
** The whole neighborhood when the flubber first escapes.
* CardCarryingVillain: Chester Hoenicker. Also, Phillip's rival, Wilson, who we find out [[spoiler: even works for Hoenicker]] in the end. He not only admits he's been stealing his ideas for his own benefit as a result of that, but outright boasts he now wants to steal his fiancée. As in literally. In his very first scene.
-->'''Wilson''': "I'm here this weekend to steal your fiancee, and make her my wife."
* ChekhovsGun: Guess.
* DeadlyDodging: At the fight at the end of the film, two of the mooks are taken out by Brainard using Flubber to bounce out of the way of their fists, forcing them to punch each other instead. Non-lethal.
* DeathOfTheHypotenuse: The only real reason for Weebo to die in an otherwise slapsticky film was to [[CleaningUpRomanticLooseEnds clean up]] the LoveTriangle. Verges on SpurnedIntoSuicide given that she deliberately hid her own blueprints.
* DestinationDefenestration: The BigBad is knocked out a window, into a pool of water.
* DoAndroidsDream: [[spoiler: Briefly touched on when Weebo "dies". ("What happens to the soul of a machine, Sara?") Technically he should be able to just rebuild her, of course - but the film tries to explain that Weebo hid the knowledge from him out of jealousy. She didn't want to share him with other models.]]
* [[DudeShesLikeInAComa Dude, He's Like, In a Coma!]] - Weebo eventually creates a holographic projection of herself in order to try and have a physical relationship with the professor... ''when he's asleep''.
* EmeraldPower: The titular Flubber is a sentient mass of green goo.
* EvilPlan: Wilson comes right out and admits it. "I'm here this weekend to steal your fiancee, and make her my wife." Though he also wants to steal the Flubber formula.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: See [[DudeShesLikeInAComa Dude, He's Like, In A Coma!]] above. And it is not subtle ''at all''.
* HisNameIs: Weebo's last action is to flash a mysterious filename up on her screen, which turns out to be the blueprint for her 'daughter'.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Weebo not only helps get Phillip back together with Dr. Reynolds, she intentionally alters her own design so her own feelings won't interfere with their relationship. And then refers to it as her 'daughter' to make ''absolutely'' sure.
* ItIsPronouncedTroPAY: Wesson calls Phillip "Ein-STEEN," prompting the professor to correct him ("Ein-STEIN").
* {{Jerkass}}: Wilson. Arguably Phillip.
* KilledOffForReal: Weebo.
* MindRape: Arguably done by Phillip's jealous robot, Weebo, to herself because she wanted to get rid of her flaws to make Phillip happy.
* MoodWhiplash: [[spoiler: Weebo's ''death'' adds a disturbingly tragic end to that subplot and serves as a surprisingly dark element to an otherwise cheerful film. A film that also showed people getting smacked in the head with bowling balls from so high in the sky that they can't be seen until just before they hit you without suffering any dramatic pain.]]
* {{Nepotism}}: The BigBad doesn't like Phillip because he gave his son a failing grade, resulting in his being dropped from the team.
* NoOneShouldSurviveThat: Wesson is repeatedly hit on the head by a BOWLING BALL, either falling from a great height or (in the first instance) moving at an incredible speed.
** Sara jumps on Smith's head, although as he does not get back up after this it is left ambiguous as to whether he is dead or unconscious.
* NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup: [[spoiler: The film's excuse for why Weebo is unique and Phillip won't be able to repair here after she is killed. Phillip even claims her sentience was an accident, and he tried several times to recreate with no success. Later, in Weebo's post-mortem video file, she explains that she hid the plans, notes, and ideas to make her... though ''she'' actually did save an improved backup of herself in case she died. Still creates some problems as to how Weebo pulled this off.]]
* PerpetualMotionMachine: Flubber is a perpetual motion ''substance''.
* ProtagonistCenteredMorality: The film treats it as a-okay for Brainard to stalk and antagonize Wilson, and cheat at basketball so his college will win the BigGame. However, he gets flack from ''everybody'' for continually standing up his finance at the altar, except the jealous robot.
* PunnyName: [[ThoseTwoBadGuys The two thugs]] are named Smith and Wesson.
* ReedRichardsIsUseless: Phillip is more concerned about coming up with a new energy source that will help save his college... despite having a hovering robot capable of speech, emotions, and sentient thought, never mind the ''flying car''. He does ''eventually'' sell the flying car, but the idea doesn't even occur to him until Sara reconciles with him, though Weebo did apparently prevent Phillip from making a duplicate of her somehow. It's mentioned in the beginning of film that the CardCarryingVillain has stolen his previous works so this may be why.
* TheRemake: Of ''Film/TheAbsentMindedProfessor''.
* [[RunawayBride Runaway Groom]]: Brainard skips his own wedding ''three times'' - by simply forgetting to show up. A rare example of the trope where the ''man'' does the leaving and is presented as sympathetic, while the jilted bride is presented as being unreasonably angry for not wanting anything to do with him anymore.
** In the end, he ''still'' can't show up to his own wedding. The only reason the wedding happens at all is because they video conference it with Weebo's daughter.
* RunningGag: The boy keeps seeing Brainard's antics.
* ShoutOut: ''Flubber'' is referenced in [[DisneyThemeParks Journey Into Imagination With Figment's]] queue, where you can see an office door with the name "Professor Philip Brainard" on it.
* SlapStick: The movie clearly uses the laws of slapstick regarding the ability of objects to bounce and violently (but harmlessly) knock people over. [[spoiler: Strangely averted when Weebo actually ''dies''.]] Then played straight again for the rest of the film.
* SmugSnake: Wilson Croft.
* SocialDarwinist: One of the reasons Wilson claims justified stealing Phillip's ideas. And also cause he's a {{jerkass}} (see previous trope).
* SpeaksInShoutOuts: Weebo.
* SpoiledBrat: The Dean's son, who bribed his teachers for good grades.
* ThatCameOutWrong: It takes a few tries for the BigBad to elucidate that "give it to him" means handing Phillip the squirt gun, rather than squirting him with it.
* ThoseTwoBadGuys: [[ThemeNaming Smith and Wesson]].
* WhatDoesSheSeeInHim: Considering all of Phillip's many faults, how did Dr. Reynolds ever get to the point of marrying him? Though considering that she did get to that point, why do they still bug her so much and she does nothing to accommodate them? It isn't until the film's finale that she lets the daughter of Weebo take his place at the wedding to ensure he's there in some form while he works... though this technically means ''he considered his job more important than his own wedding''.
** It's also worth asking what she saw in Wilson since he's openly a slimeball who even uses her when he treats her gentlemanly. Admittedly, if she was willing to put up with Brainard's constant ditching of her, she was probably just happy to date a guy who actually ''showed up''.
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