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NUTTY PROFESSOR II: THE KLUMPS

SYNOPSIS:
Professor Sherman Klump (Eddie Murphy) has invented a fountain of youth serum and his alter ego, Buddy Love (Eddie Murphy), is trying to steal it. The professor has been trying to suppress the Love inside, so he can realise his true love for colleague Professor Denise Gaines (Janet Jackson). But Love (Buddy that is) has taken on an identity of his own Ė with a little help from some canine DNA Ė and heís out to wreak havoc for the entire Klump family (You Know Who). Meanwhile, Professor Klump is losing the only part of himself heís proud of being fat: his brainpower.

"The combination of overweight person gags, fart jokes and randy septuagenarians will doubtless add up to box-office gold for the second contemporary Nutty Professor outing. Eddie Murphy (what next Eddie, a remake of With Six You Get Eggroll, or The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes?) still has what it takes to score laughs and you'd swear Axel Foley manages to peek out a couple of times in his Buddy Love character; it's just a pity he's settled for such flimsy material as this. The Klumps is another example of cramming as many off-colour gags into a film as you can get away with and still have ticket buyers under 15 allowed in without ID. Janet Jackson is quite appealing as the beleagured fiancťe and it is mind boggling watching some of the scenes in which Murphy plays each member of the extended Klump clan but visual trickery can't hide a script which relies so heavily on lowest common denominator humour to score laughs. Which brings us back to the US$270 million the first Nutty Professor raked in and the similar returns Universal and Imagine Entertainment can expect from this..."
Richard Kuipers

"Itís hard to upstage Eddie Murphy. Itís even harder when heís playing an octet of oversized characters. But Rick Baker manages to steal his thunder. Canít recall what you last saw Baker in? Donít worry, you didnít*. Heís the make-up man. Special effects make-up that is. The Academy were so impressed by his work for An American Werewolf In London (1981) they created a new Oscar category. Heís practically made it his own ever since Ė and I smell number six coming up. However, I think heís going to be lonely as far as award-winners from this film are concerned. Murphy is a comic marvel, and his multi-part performances make great cinematic vaudeville, but they fail in themselves to carry a film. He does do some great things here; a rollercoaster ride between dimwit and genius is quite a challenge (it won Cliff Robertson an Oscar for Charly) and heís terrific in his all too infrequent moments as a man with mongrel. Yes, Murphy can deliver endearing obscenity like no other, but flammable flatulence and scatological salvos from a giant hamster are no substitute for plot, wit and charm. High farce requires a good deal of the clever and imaginative; this is very low farce. And talking of farce: Janet Jackson as a professor? Still, she does look so yummy itís astonishing she isnít devoured by the corpulent Klump clan. She survives, but the spirit of Jerry Lewisís original Nutty Professor has long gone. I laughed with Eddie Murphy when he came to America as an African prince, and to Washington as a nouveaux Distinguished Gentleman. But more recently Ė as heís been talking to the animals and merging with canine DNA Ė I canít help but feel his career is going to the dogs."
Brad Green

*For the pedants: Ok, Bakerís done the odd thespian cameo (usually an uncredited zombie . . . or King Kong!)

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NUTTY PROFESSOR II: THE KLUMPS (M)
(US)

CAST: Eddie Murphy, Janet Jackson, Larry Miller, John Ales, Richard Gant

DIRECTOR: Peter Segal

PRODUCER:

SCRIPT: Barry W. Blaustein, David Sheffield, Paul Weitz, Chris Weitz (story by Steve Oedekerk)

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Dean Semler

EDITOR: William Kerr

MUSIC: Janet Jackson, David Newman

PRODUCTION DESIGN: William A. Elliott

RUNNING TIME: 107 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: United International Pictures

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: December 14, 2000

VIDEO DISTRIBUTOR: Universal Pictures Video

VIDEO SELLTHROUGH RELEASE: August 8, 2001







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