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The Remake of The Nutty Professor released in 1996, starring Eddie Murphy, Jada Pinkett-Smith, and Eddie Murphy, and co-starring Eddie Murphy, Eddie Murphy, and Eddie Murphy. The success of the remake led to a sequel, with Janet Jackson amid the various Eddie Murphys.

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    The Nutty Professor 
  • Acrofatic: During his exercising montage, Sherman gains a realistic degree of agility.
  • Adaptation Expansion: The first half of the film is relatively faithful to the original, but the second half is largely it's own work with more or less the same ending.
  • Adaptational Name Change: Julius Kelp becomes Sherman Klump, and Stella Purdy becomes Carla Purdy.
  • Adaptational Villainy: In the original Buddy was pretty obnoxious and conceited but doesn't do anything villainous. In this film, Buddy starts out this way, but starts to become truly evil as the film progresses, eventually attempting to make the transformation stable and permanent which would cause Sherman's identity to be entirely consumed and replaced by that of Buddy (as opposed to Sherman's being killed outright).
  • Alliterative Name: Harlan Hartley.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: The Klumps when Sherman brings Carla over. They talk openly about sex, bodily functions, marriage, and other embarrassing topics, so much so that Sherman tries to slit his wrists with a butter knife.
  • As Himself: Montell Jordan.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Sherman has a nightmare where he gets fatter and fatter and bigger and bigger and goes on a rampage through the city.
  • Artistic License: Somatotypes. There are three main somatotypes which people can be classified in, and Sherman quite accurately describes one (Endomorph) while explaining why he was dieting to his parents in the first film. The formula he was working on was supposed to alter or deactivate endomorphic genes, allowing one to naturally lose more weight, and in the first scene with Shelly the hamster it is implied to do just that. However, when Sherman takes the serum, over half of his body fat mysteriously vanishes in about 30 seconds, and his skin shrinks to fit.
  • Bait-and-Switch: During Sherman's King Kong nightmare, he spots Carla in a hotel room, smashes through the window... and reaches past her for a turkey drumstick. The look on her face seems to show she's thoroughly insulted by this.
  • Batman Gambit: Buddy knew Sherman would destroy the serum samples to prevent him from turning into Buddy anymore. As such, he poured some of it into one of Sherman's diet shake cans.
  • Battlecry: After his first transformation, Sherman/Buddy proudly stands up on on top of the college he works in shouting this.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Jason shows up at the ball just in time to stop Buddy from attempting to kill Sherman and exposes his true identity.
  • Big "NO!": Jason yells "No!" when he tries to stop Buddy from killing Sherman.
  • Blunt "Yes":
    Carla: Professor, are you asking me out on a date?
    Sherman: *Bashful* Yes. Yes I am.
    Carla: I'd love to!
  • Body Horror: A completely tame example of this occurs whenever Buddy Love reverts back to Sherman Klump. Body parts become swollen as he regains all that excess body weight, and at one point he ends up with a grotesquely oversized lower lip.
  • Butt-Monkey: Dean Richmond whenever there's a hamster around.
  • Catch-Phrase: Lance Perkins has two: "Let's get busy!" and "Yes, I can!"
  • Cluster F-Bomb: This film put television censors through their paces.
  • Come Back to Bed, Honey: A variant, in that the line itself isn't said; the morning after Buddy throws his wild party in Sherman's house, Buddy retroforms into Sherman, and one of Buddy's call girls asks Sherman where Buddy is in front of Carla.
  • Compartment Shot: There is a shot on Sherman from inside his microwave.
  • Dean Bitterman: A mild case with Dean Richmond, who can be a Reasonable Authority Figure given the right circumstances, but for the most part is exasperated at the repeated mishaps that Sherman causes (which are indicated to have cost the college more than a couple of sponsors), resulting in his repeatedly threatening Sherman with dire consequences if he doesn't get it together.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: Sherman seems to have a history of being this.
  • Dysfunctional Family: The Klumps.
  • Fan Disservice: During his workout montage, Sherman is in desperate need of a powerful sports bra.
  • Fantastic Drug: The formula, naturally.
  • Fat Comic Relief: IN SPADES.
  • Fatherly Scientist: Sherman, in regards to Shelley, an obese hamster he has great empathy and affection for.
  • Farts on Fire: In Sherman's nightmare, some homeless bum lights a cigarette at the worst time and blows the city sky high from Sherman's fart.
  • Fighting from the Inside: When Buddy attempts to take a life of his own, Sherman decides to fight back for control of his body. In the climax, it becomes a literal case and he succeeds.
  • Gasshole: Cletus Klump.
    • Sherman himself is a couple of times but only in dreams he has, when they are power oriented and are essential for his survival even in which his father encourages.
    • Ernie Jr. is several times.
  • Gentle Giant: Sherman.
  • George Jetson Job Security: Sherman gets fired once a film, and before then, the dean seems to always be looking for an excuse to get rid of him.
  • Gold Digger: Dean Richmond is a shameless sycophant when it comes to any donor who shows interest in giving the school money for Sherman's research.
  • The Heckler: On his second encounter with the Insult Comic, Buddy so thoroughly dismantles the guy that it becomes a Curb-Stomp Battle both comedically and physically.
  • Heavy Voice: Played straight; the whole Klump family, Sherman Klump included, has a lower voice than Buddy Love, who inhabits the same body as Sherman but with less weight. In fact, of all the multiple characters he plays in both movies (being the Klumps besides Buddy Love), Buddy Love (even being the all-time antagonist) is the only character Eddie Murphy plays using his real voice and appearance.
  • Hilarious Outtakes: About five minutes' worth during the credits.
  • The Hyena: Buddy plays with it at times. It goes into full force when he encounters Reggie Warrington in person, especially during the "Your Mom is so fat" scene. Jason attributes it to high testosterone levels.
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight:
    • After Sherman turns himself into Buddy Love right before an all-important meeting with Harlan Hartley, Jason tries to get through to Sherman. Buddy just looks at Jason like he's crazy for a few seconds, then pretends to be Sherman struggling to get through to Jason, just long enough to lock him in a supply closet.
    • During the climax, Mama Klump tries to call for Sherman as he fights Buddy Love.
  • I Meant to Do That: After his date and auto accident, Sherman arrives at school late, finding his classroom empty except for Dean Richmond telling him this. Sherman tells him it's part of an experiment, trying to see how students would act in a teacherless environment.
  • Imagine Spot: Sherman has two of them, one where he buries Carla into the sand with his body weight, and one where he becomes so fat that he becomes a Kaiju terrorizing the city.
  • Insult Comic: Reggie Warrington.
  • Jerkass: The insult comic Reggie Warrington.
    • Buddy Love. He started out as a Jerk with a Heart of Gold before becoming an utter Jerkass.
    • Also Granny Klump could be considered one because of how she not only talks the most cross of all the Klumps, but also because she is the least classy and is most crude and vulgar of them all. Even with the way she always insults Cletus and making them verbally always at each other's throats trading back and forth personal insults which always bothers Anna (Sherman's mother.) Not to mention how vulgar she is by going as far as the stunt she pulls on Buddy Love thinking that he is a male stripper which actually is bad enough to gross out a vulgarly perverted man like him to the point of making him vomit. These along with all the examples with her show you that she has the least moral conduct of all the Klumps.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Cletus Klump, Sherman's father. The "heart of gold" is more evident in the sequel, but he does have a point when he tries to discourage Sherman's dieting: that everyone should stop trying to fit into the media's narrow definition of beauty, because we're not all supposed to look the same.
    • Ernie Klump in some extent. He gives Sherman practical advice on him losing weight, by telling him to exercise. Sherman later takes his advice and actually succeeds in getting in shape during the Training Montage. Of course Reggie had to ruin his self-confidence later on.
  • Line-of-Sight Name: When needing a name for his alter ego, a security guard comes in and asks "Hey, buddy, what the hell happened here?" After Carla asks for Buddy's last name, he looks into her eyes and says "Love".
  • Mama Bear/Papa Wolf: There is no doubt about it, that Cletus and Mama Klump love Sherman, so when his best friend and colleague accuses Buddy Love of murdering him this line cements it:
    Buddy Love: (demonstrating his weight formula) I am about to make a 400 pound fat man disappear forever!
    Jason: (arriving in time) NOOOOOOOO! WAIT! I can not let you do this anymore! THIS... HAS GOT... TO STOP! (arrives onto the stage) Ladies and gentlemen... (points to Buddy) this man is trying to kill Professor Sherman Klump!
    (audience gasps)
  • Mean Boss/Dean Bitterman: Richmond, the dean of the university that Sherman Klump works at, frequently insults Sherman Klump's obesity and makes no secret of his contempt of Klump.
    • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite this, he did ally with Sherman Klump to stop Buddy Love from stealing the patent for the fountain of youth formula in the climax of The Klumps.
  • Meaningful Echo: Buddy to Dean Richmond: "Who you think you talkin' to, Sherman Klump? Man, if you ever talk to me like that again, I'll kill you. And I don't mean it as euphemism, I'm gonna literally kill you. I'm gonna strangle you and cut off your air supply until you pass away."
  • Meaningful Name: The fact that the last name of the universally overweight Klumps sounds like "plump" is obvious. More so is that the slender love interest in the second Eddie Murphy film is named Denise Gains, especially when we're shown that Mrs. Klump's old wedding dress fits her.
    • The word "clump" can mean a lump of something.
  • Nice Guy: Sherman is respected by his students and coworkers. His parents are friendly as well, despite being embarrassing for Sherman.
  • Nightmare Sequence: Sherman has a nightmare after he falls asleep while watchin TV, in which he grows into a rampaging giant and wrecks the city with a single fart that is ignited to cause an explosion.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Lance Perkins is a clear Expy of Richard Simmons.
  • No Indoor Voice: Buddy speaks with a loud voice.
  • Not Hyperbole: Dean Richmond gives a memorable example.
    If anything goes wrong, for any reason... I'm going to kill you. And I don't mean that as a euphemism, I am going to literally kill you. I'm going to strangle you and choke off your air supply until you pass away.
  • N-Word Privileges: The Klumps (sans Sherman) and Buddy.
  • Oh, Crap!: Sherman when he wakes up next to three hookers after a night of partying (as Buddy), especially when Carla shows up.
  • Painful Transformation: Sherman is in terrible pain every time he transforms into Buddy Love.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: Buddy's putdown of Reggie Warrington.
    Buddy: I've heard of dreadlocks, but shitlocks?
  • Pre-emptive Declaration: Right after Buddy explains to Jason how he plans to permantly take over:
    Buddy: If you don't mind, I have a date at the alumni ball, and you have a date with linoleum.
    Jason: Who?
    (cue Buddy punching Jason out)
  • Punched Across the Room: Before the climactic fight, Buddy decks Jason towards the instrument set to prevent the magical vial from being confiscated, calling it "a short musical interlude."
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: The climactic scene where Sherman Klump and Buddy Love battle for control of the same body.
    Buddy Love: "You can't beat me!"
    (Sherman's side beats up Buddy)
    Sherman Klump: "YES! I! CAAAAAAAN!"
  • Readings Are Off the Scale: Jason analyzes the data from the transformation and finds that Buddy's testosterone levels are dangerously high.
  • Reality Ensues: Sherman talks about wanting to lose weight and his family are less than supportive, especially Cletus (only Ernie Sr. gives him decent advice, namely exercise). Truth in Television for many who have tried to lose weight in real life. Especially if the person's friends or family are overweight themselves.
  • Showing Off the New Body: Sherman after getting slim.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: All of the Klumps, except for Sherman. Mostly, Cletus. Buddy Love definitely becomes one. The insult comic Reggie Warrington is definitely by far.
  • Squirrels in My Pants: Variation: During a demonstration test on the fountain of youth serum on a hamster, it initially works, but thanks to Buddy Love sabotaging the serum earlier, the hamster ends up basically turning Godzilla on them, forcing the audience to evacuate and the guards to fire on "hamsterzilla" before it dispatched them with turds. It then sees Dean Richmond (wearing a fur rug over himself in a failed attempt to hide) and, mistaking Richmond for a potential mate, gets very interested in him and is also strongly implied to have raped him. As the cameras were still rolling, this was also shown on TV across the state, if not the nation or the world, as the scene in the Klumps' living room revealed.
    • It happened even earlier in the first film. Klump had accidentally let loose all the hamsters on the campus. One climbed into a male student's pant legs and is then seen thrashing around near the guy's crotch. The girl he was talking to sees this and mistook it as him having a huge throbbing penis to her pleasant surprise.
  • Stealth Pun: The theater scene in the sequel. The original was made a year after Cape Fear, whilst in the remake's sequel, Buddy is laughing mad while watching the original in the style of DeNiro's Max Cady's Iconic scene in the remake of Cape Fear.
  • Straight Man: Professor Sherman Klump. Debatably and most surely. Even though he's just as fat and kind of rugged looking as the rest of them, unlike how his enemy, Buddy Love looks, Sherman is the only one of all the Klumps who behaves most decent and most respectfully and is always good intentioned in all of his blunders.
  • Technicolor Science: Sherman's lab features beakers with multi-colored liquids.
  • That Man Is Dead: When Carla confronts Buddy about Sherman, he simply disavows his other identity
    Buddy Love: Sherman is gone, disappeared!
  • The Triple: Dean Richmond being a jerk to Sherman at the start of the movie.
    Dean Richmond: Can I get you anything? Juice? Coffee? Rack of lamb?
  • Toilet Humor: The movie has a lot of fart jokes, as well as implied soiled pants. In both of them, the whole Klump family except for Sherman (including Buddy Love and some others) use foul language, and do socially revolting things.
    • These scenes are actually parodying people who act exactly like this in real life. It's actually scary how accurately it portrays the Klumps.
  • Ugly Hero, Good-Looking Villain: Sherman and Buddy.
  • Uncle Tom Foolery: Sherman's family, especially his father Cletus. Buddy Love also indulges in it a bit.
  • Undying Loyalty: Jason to Professor Klump, he even goes as far as punching Buddy in the face when trying to stop him from eliminating Sherman for good.
  • Villain Protagonist: Buddy at first, until it becomes clear that he's a completely separate persona and plans to take over Sherman's life.
  • Virgin in a White Dress: When Sherman brings Carla over for dinner, Grandma Klump notes that he can wear a white tuxedo, because "Sherman's never had relations."
  • Your Mom: Reggie cracks a "Your Mother Is Fat" joke to rile up Buddynote  after he gets a taste of his own medicine from him, but it only made Buddy feel unfazed and one-up him without any chance of allowing him a proper comeback. This results in Reggie breaking down and attempt to do a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown on him. However, he fails at his "street karate" and Buddy Curb Stomps him.

    The Nutty Professor II: The Klumps 
  • 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 in the second film, 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 had a few moments of 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 were 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.
  • 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.
  • Fanservice Extra: The remake sequel provides the current trope image.
  • 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).
  • 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: Denis appears to be this to Carla from the first film.
  • 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: Dean Richmond by the end of the film.


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


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