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Film / Nutty Professor II: The Klumps
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Nutty Professor II: The Klumps is the sequel to The Nutty Professor, directed by Peter Segal and released in 2000.

Like the first movie, it stars Eddie Murphy in multiple roles, and this time the Klump family is more front and center, with a subplot centered on the parents, and the brother and grandmother providing comic relief.

Sherman Klump, together with his fiancée Denise Gaines, work on the DNA restructuring formula, this time leading to the discovery of a potential Fountain of Youth. But Sherman is still struggling with his alter ego Buddy Love, whose personnality sometimes take over. This leads him to try a dangerous experiment to remove Buddy permanently, by using Denise's methodology to get rid of the gene through which Buddy manifests. Because he does not dispose correctly of the extracted DNA, it accidentally get mixed with a hair from a basset hound test subject, and it grows into Buddy Love as a separate entity. Lots of hijinks ensue.


The Nutty Professor II: The Klumps provides examples of:

  • Abhorrent Admirer:
    • Grandma Klump to Buddy.
    • Also, the hamster to Dean Richmond.
  • Ascended Extra: Ever wonder why it's subtitled "The Klumps"?
  • Attractive Bent Species: During the Attack of the 50-Foot Hamster, the dean tries to hide under a fur coat, making him resemble a giant hamster himself. This works out for him just as you'd expect.
  • Captain Obvious "The University of Maine? But, Denise... that's in Maine!"
  • Chekhov's Gag: When Buddy regenerated, he accidentally absorbed dog DNA, meaning he keeps acting like a dog. Sherman uses this to his advantage, by throwing a serum-laced rubber ball at him, knowing he would catch it in his mouth.
  • Continuity Nod: Buddy mentions Carla from the first film.
  • Darker and Edgier: The Klumps has a few moments that range from dark humor to horror. Buddy Love in the second movie is more evil than he ever was in the first nor its predecessor. Going from trying to take Sherman's place to downright trying to stalk and destroy Sherman and anyone else that got in the way. Even before his DNA was separated from Sherman's, Buddy even found many ways to attack him on the inside, especially by hijacking his mind randomly. From giving him a terrible nightmare to saying and doing rude and embarrassing stuff at delicate times that alienates him from his father and love interest. That aside there wereinvoked Tear Jerker moments too, from relationship problems between Sherman's parents mirroring Sherman's relationship with Denise, as well as breaking off the marriage under the belief that he can't be a good husband after his intellect is deteriorating from what he went and did to get rid of Buddy, especially due to an incident where Buddy Love sabotaged the fountain of youth formula and stole the actual sample, causing a test gone awry. The audience was also almost fooled with a Bittersweet Ending, when we including Denise and Cletus thought Sherman's mental impairment had been rendered permanent.
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  • Dirty Old Woman: The oversexed Grandma Klump.
  • Earth-Shattering Kaboom: Sherman dreams that an asteroid hits Earth, and because he's losing his intelligence he's unable to prevent it.
  • Enemy Without: Buddy Love is excised from Sherman Klump's body when the latter decides he finally wants to be rid of him, whereas in the previous film he was simply an evil Split Personality. However, this turns out to have negative side effects since neither can survive without the other and Sherman starts to rapidly lose his intellect.
  • Fan Disservice: Granny leaping through a field of daisies in a see-through nightgown.
  • Fountain of Youth: Sherman's formula. It's designed for use on animals, but turns out to work just fine on humans as well.
  • Gag Boobs: Granny has them, as evidenced by the Fan Disservice scene and when she thought she was having a heart attack, but she was actually standing on one of them.
  • It's Not You, It's Me: Sherman Klump ends up breaking off the marriage because he believes that he can't be a good husband while his intellect was deteriorating after removing Buddy Love from his system.
  • Magic Countdown: During the Armageddon parody that makes up one of Sherman's dreams, Denise tells him that he has thirty seconds before the asteroid hits Earth, but it's actually two minutes before the asteroid hits. Justified, since the scene is parodying disaster films, where this trope is common (well, that and the fact that it's a dream).
  • Meaningful Name: The slender love interest in the second film is named Denise Gains, especially when we're shown that Mrs. Klump's old wedding dress fits her.
  • Mythology Gag: Kathleen Freeman, one of the actors from the 1963 Nutty Professor movie, makes a cameo.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Sherman when he saw Buddy Love somehow became a separate person.
    • During his dream, Sherman says this (or rather, "Oh, Shit") after managing to blow up Earth's moon instead of the planet-killing asteroid he was supposed to destroy.
    • When Buddy runs off after Sherman turns him back into a jello-like substance, and he disintegrates. Luckily, it happens by a fountain, so when a tear from Denise drops on to his DNA structure and it lands in the water of it, Sherman is able to be revived by her and Clesius forcing him to drink it.
  • Old Shame: In-Universe, Buddy Love was this for Sherman, and he didn't tell Denise about him before.
  • Power Walk: The Klumps as they're headed to an all-you-can-eat buffet, where they eat every last piece of food in the place except the salad.
  • Remember the New Guy?: Denise. She and Sherman appear to have been seeing each for some time between films.
  • Rodents of Unusual Size: Buddy replaces Sherman's youth formula with Miracle-Gro, which is then fed to a lab hamster. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Sexual Karma: Dean Richmond gets more than his share of this, courtesy of "Jumbo the Horny Hamster".
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Denise is a replacement to Carla from the first film, and there are little differences between their characters.
  • Synchronized Swarming: The professor proposes to his girlfriend by attracting fireflies into the words "Marry me?" using a synthesized firefly pheromone.
  • That Came Out Wrong: "Pardon me ladies and gentlemen, but I cannot go on living unless I have this man inside me right now!"
  • This Ain't Rocket Surgery: Sherman, whose mind is decaying rapidly and is just about to meet Denise's parents, assures himself that he won't make a fool of himself because Denise's parents are probably not rocket scientists. Turns out that's exactly what they are.
  • Toilet Humour: When Jumbo becomes well, jumbo, he starts shooting hamster pellets the size of footballs. They spin like footballs and can hit a man with enough force to send him flying. And yes they show all of this in its "glory".
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: Played for Drama: By removing Love from his DNA triggered a deterioration of Sherman's brain. He can't teach his class, articulate his words, and is a bit of a bumbler. Towards the end of the movie, he loses his memory, and breaks up with Denise, not wanting to burden Denise by being dumb. He his able to recover his brilliance by reabsorbing Buddy.
  • Took a Level in Kindness:
    • While still a jerk, Dean Richmond is much nicer and respectful to Sherman. He briefly returns to his antagonistic nature after the hamster incident. Nevertheless, they're friends again by the end of the film.
    • Also, Papa Klump is far more supportive and encouraging in regards to Sherman's scientific endeavors, going as far as saying that he reared a genius.

Alternative Title(s): The Nutty Professor II The Klumps


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