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YMMV / The Nutty Professor (1996)

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  • Adaptation Displacement: Chances are, if you mention this movie to someone, they're going to think of the Eddie Murphy one without realizing that the first version was in the 1960s.
  • Critical Dissonance: The film has received positive reviews from critics, yet its audience reception is less than favorable, sitting at 44% on Rotten Tomatoes.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Reggie Warrington counts for a lot of reasons, also that Dave Chappelle played him. He was SO popular that Chappelle reprised Reggie in one of Chris Rock's albums.
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  • Friendly Fandoms: Interestingly, fans of the original and of the remake get along very well, agreeing that both have their pros and cons.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Sherman Klump adopts a reassuring motto from fitness guru Lance Perkins: "Yes, I can." It's also the catchphrase of Bob the Builder.
  • Signature Scene: Ernie Klump, Jr. flexes his muscle with his grandmother clapping and chanting "Oh, Hercules! Hercules! Hercules! Hercules!"
  • Special Effect Failure:
    • While the prosthetics from both films remain impressive, most of the computer morphing effects used to show the morphs between Buddy and Sherman have aged very poorly, especially the ones from the first film's climax.
    • There are several instances in the Klump dinner scenes where Sherman and Ernie's arms pass through each other.
  • Squick:
    • During his meeting with Dean Richmond, Klump sees a hamster on the chandelier pooping and its droppings land in Richmond's coffee, which the oblivious Richmond ends up drinking down, despite Klump's attempts to warn him. He then gags and then the hamster falls into the coffee, splattering him.
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    • "You know Mike Douglas used to make me moist when I'd watch his show?". Cletus Klump gets an understandably cringe-inducing reaction at hearing Grandma fantasizing with hooking up with men literally half her age (not to mention being accompanied by the oh so pleasant mental image of 100-year-old wet vagina) and proclaims that he wants to take the old bird out of her misery.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • The scene in the first film when Sherman is being picked on by the comedian Reggie. We pan into Sherman's hurt face and sad music plays. Anybody who was ever bullied would know what that feels like.
    • His binge eating after that is also incredibly sad. He's turning to Comfort Food after his failure of a date and, judging by the tears in his eyes, it's not helping.
  • Values Dissonance: Purposefully avoided in the case of Carla; in the Jerry Lewis original, his character was crushing on one of his students. Even if she reciprocated and even if she was a consenting adult, a teacher dating a student would still be frowned on. In the remake, Jada Pinkett-Smith plays an older grad student, which puts her more on Sherman's level and is a bit more acceptable.
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  • The Woobie: Professor Klump. Comedic as the remake is, it does also show how his obese situation is affecting his life negatively. His Amazingly Embarrassing Parents don't help, either.


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