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The Nutty Professor

Year: 1996
Production Co: Imagine Entertainment
Studio: Universal Pictures
Director: Tom Shadyac
Producer: Brian Grazer
Writer: Tom Shadyac/Steve Odekerk/Jerry Lewis
Cast: Eddie Murphy, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Larry Miller, Dave Chapelle
I'd bet most of the people who saw this film had never seen the original Disney version, which had the same premise but had been retooled so Murphy's new family-friendly shtick could be slotted neatly in.

As far as I know, he still holds the record for playing the most characters in a single film as he depicts most members of Sherman Klump's family – most visible in the infamous dinner scene – playing Sherman himself, his brother, father, mother and grandma.

It's essentially a comic Jekyll and Hyde, and instead of Jerry Lewis' bumbling nerd in the 1963 original, Murphy's Klump is an overweight university lecturer, and Buddy Love is his inner, repressed side who's confident, ballsy, thin and witty – everything Sherman isn't.

The plot deals with Klump trying to keep Love under control but unable to hold him back because of the scarily thrilling effect Love has on his life, including his trying to romantically impress new teacher Carla (Pinkett-Smith).

Better appreciated as a series of vignettes than a story, it was hatched from the early Jim Carrey camp of writer/director Shadyac and writer Oedekerk.

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