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636 Ratings

The Nutty Professor

Directed by Jerry Lewis
United States, 1963
Comedy, Sci-Fi


To improve his social life, a nerdish professor drinks a potion that temporarily turns him into the handsome, but obnoxious, Buddy Love.

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The Nutty Professor Directed by Jerry Lewis
The idea that we are all roles played clumsily by our fantasies and desires is psychologically corrosive stuff, especially coming from a film as garishly colored as The Nutty Professor. . . . One can debate The Nutty Professor’s merits as comedy (we here at The A.V. Club happen to think it’s pretty damn funny), but it’s definitely art. That’s more than you can say about most serious, Oscar-winning performances.
March 02, 2018
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The film is interesting not simply for its clinical perfection as an illustration of the masculine protest, but for its analysis of the status of the male in culture which points to the inadequacy of the male characters.
July 10, 2016
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The Nutty Professor" set attendance records for Lewis comedies, and, contrary to popular memory, was taken seriously by critics who were not French… Its greatest comic moment has Mr. Lewis oscillating between the self-abasing Kelp and egotistic Love as he tries to sing "I’m in the Mood For Love.
June 12, 2014
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