Professor Julius Kelp is a nerd who’s been picked on by everyone. After the football coach humiliates him in front of his class and his beautiful student, Stella, Julius decides he will create a potion. After drinking the potion, he turns into, Buddy Love a wild and a popular party animal, plus, he isn’t afraid to talk to Stella anymore. There’s one problem-the potion wears off quickly. —IMDb
Jerry Lewis (born March 16, 1926) is an American comedian, actor, film producer, writer, film director and singer. He is best-known for his slapstick humor in stage, screen, television, radio, and recording and is also known for his charity fund-raising telethons and position as national chairman for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). Lewis has won several awards for lifetime achievements from The American Comedy Awards, The Golden Camera, Los Angeles Film Critics Association, and The Venice Film Festival, and he has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2005, he received the Governors Award of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Board of Governors, which is the highest Emmy Award presented.
On February 22, 2009, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awarded Lewis the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. As an innovative filmmaker, Lewis is credited with inventing the video assist system in cinematography (some doubt now exists about this, due to… read more
Visually lush (like the bastard child of Tashlin and the Archers) and technically assured. What is most striking about it is the effortless adaptation of horror iconography for the first transformation sequence, with creature make-up that strikes a middle-ground between AIP and Universal, following it up with a POV sequence that draws influence from PEEPING TOM.
Color liberates and imprisons, releases a pent-up id and shows the garish consequences of bottling it up until it cannot be contained at all. The dialogue does not connect all the time but the mise-en-scene never fails to, from the clutter of Kelp's life opening up to the expanse of Buddy's to Lewis effectively playing director on-screen setting up his boss' monologue. A work of genius.
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