Dr. Sherman Klump, a kind, “calorically challenged” genetics professor, longs to shed his 400-pound frame. So, with one swig of his experimental fat-reducing serum, Sherman becomes “Buddy Love”, a fast-talking, pumped-up, plumped-down Don Juan.
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While director Tom Shadyac's films can tend towards the overly saccharine, he proves to be the right fit for this material. Eddie Murphy is in rare form here, portraying at least half a dozen characters - everyone from a feisty old grandma to a Richard Simmons lookalike. But it's to Shadyac's credit that, for all its digestive humor and CG effects, the film proves remarkably sweet at the most unexpected moments.