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The Nutty Professor Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0

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    Generally favorable reviews
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  • 63

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    The Nutty Professor aims for guffaws at the lowest level -- anyone with a double-digit IQ will get every joke. Whether you laugh at them or not is often more of a matter of taste than a question of having a sense of humor.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    But it does mine Murphy's gifts, and the payoff is both nutty and funny. Sometimes even touching, too. [28Jun1996 Pg.01.D]

  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    And the movie succeeds in two different ways: It's sweet and good-hearted, and then again it's raucous slapstick and bathroom humor. I liked both parts.

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  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    More than just a walking fat joke, Sherman Klump is Eddie Murphy's winking rebuke of his own arrogance.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 13+

A dumb, offensive movie--a good one to skip.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this film has many sexual references, a torrent of profanity, nasty insults (including fat jokes and racial epithets), and a misguided obsession with flatulence. The anally-fixated script, which is packed with smutty double entendres and jokes about "colon cleansing," may delight twelve-year-old boys, but parents may well be horrified that this is what now passes for family entertainment in Hollywood.

  • Families can talk about the appeal of gross-out humor. They could also discuss the line between silly and offensive.

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Many fat jokes and racial epithets. Lots of nasty insults, flatulence jokes, and smutty double entendres.

What to watch for
  • violence false0

    Violence: Buddy punches a lab assistant a few times.

  • sex false5

    Sex: Buddy picks up three tramps and takes him back to his apartment for a wild orgy. The next morning they're all shown sleeping together in his bed. References to penises, breasts, and oral sex.

  • language false5

    Language: Lots of crude language for a PG-13

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue