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Awesome: 3.9%
Worth A Look: 15.58%
Average: 24.68%
Pretty Bad: 19.48%
Total Crap36.36%

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Nutty Professor 2: The Klumps
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by Scott Weinberg

"Shockingly bad, interminably dull and most importantly, NOT funny!"
1 stars

If you found yourself cringing at the site of the preview for this movie (as I did), stay far away. While nobody would argue the talent of Eddie Murphy, why he chooses to mire himself in dreck like this is truly astounding. (OK yeah, the money. I know, but he'd get big bucks in GOOD roles too!) Big-budget Hollywood moviemaking strikes again, resulting in a truly foul movie. This assembly-line, crank 'em out junk is simply one of the worst sequels ever made.

While the original 'Nutty' was a slight, sweet and very funny affair, the sequel avoids any semblance of what made the first one a pretty darn good comedy. Unfunny jokes are fired at an assaulting pace, while Murphy takes on 7 different roles and fails at breathing any real fun into any of them. It's as if the writers and director Peter Segal decided to accentuate the worst facets of the original film and just amplify them a hundred fold.

Amiable Professor Klump is once again feeling the presence of his rampant id, which is annoyingly personified by alter-ego Buddy Love. Buddy spews out some nasty sex talk at the most inopportune moments, such as when Klump tries to propose to his girlfriend, played by a dull Janet Jackson. When Klump tries to extract Buddy from his DNA, "wackiness" ensues. Buddy is reborn, but his DNA was mixed with that of a dog (don't ask), so he's prone to <get this!> act like a dog! If that's not hysterical enough, Klump gets dumber the longer he's away from Buddy!

Of course the brain-dead plot veers off (often!) into equally ridiculous sub-plots. Yes, the foul-mouthed granny is back, and if you found her few vulgar mumblings in Nutty 1 amusing, be prepared to rethink that. She's almost the main character in this movie, and with her massive flopping breasts and disgustingly toothless grin, I can't imagine a more unpleasant person to feature in a movie. While Murphy occasionally comes up with a good gag for granny, they are easily overshadowed by the sheer awfulness of her character as a whole.

Basically, Nutty Professor 2 is a Saturday Night Live movie, only the original skit didn't come from SNL. It came from Nutty 1. The brief "Klumps" sequence was simply hysterical the first time around. The fact that Eddie Murphy could handle all these roles (also amazing in a technical sense) was astonishing, and the 'dinner table' scene itself was just straight out funny! The thinking for the sequel was obviously to blow up that one 7-minute scene into a feature length, no different than movies like Superstar or A Night at the Roxbury. The result of stretching something this thin so far is obvious: It breaks. For every one fart joke in the original, there are 15 here. That's how sequels are made!

Director Peter Segal chooses to employ a 'Point & Shoot' method of directing, making the movie seem particularly cheap. He seems willing to leave all the real work up to hundreds of special effects guys and Eddie Murphy. The result is a sloppy and dull movie that will keep you squirming in your seat and checking your watch.

The main problem is that of the script. Co-written by the Weitz brothers (of American Pie fame), they seem fully intent on filling every single scene with a reference to either big noisy farts, massive erections or huge floppy boobs. I'm not saying this kind of thing couldn't be funny, but that it's just not funny in this movie. Gross-out humor is best when it's doled out sparingly. But when your movie's 'big scene' is a giant hamster shooting mega-turds at people before anally raping a college dean, something's amiss. Equally as mystifying is how a movie so gleefully crass and vulgar could escape with a PG-13 rating. I certainly wouldn't want to explain all the dick and pussy jokes to a 14-year old.

Even Eddie Murphy seems off here. As Buddy Love, he does nothing more than howl loudly and smile an idiot's grin. As Sherman, he sticks with the sweet and mumbly approach. Yawn. As his feuding parents, he's just creepy. There are actually a few scenes that seem to be trying for real romance or something, until you realize that Eddie is kissing himself only with huge fake boobs. Suffice to say that it shatters the illusion when he tries to make these grotesque caricatures into actual three-dimensional characters, complete with syrupy dramatic music.

The movie just fails at so many basic levels, most of which could be forgiven if it were just funny! Desperately frantic and gross does not automatically equal funny. Based on the unpleasant audience reaction around me, I was not alone in my thinking.

The Klumps is an animal you're familiar with. It's a sequel to a movie that was an unexpected smash, which means the sequel was a priority of commerce, and not entertainment. Eddie took what was one of the brighter points of his career, and turned it into slop. I guess if the old credo of "Less is More" is true, then let's go a step further and say that "More is Less". It may not be always true, but it serves my purpose here. While it's sure to be a huge box office-smash, Eddie Murphy should really try something harder than just wearing make-up. He's too damn funny too be hidden in crap like this.

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User Comments

12/05/17 morris campbell it sucks 1 stars
7/22/08 the dork knight stopped watching when the fat chick started farting 1 stars
10/30/07 Joy I thought it was funny! My girl Janet is in it, so it couldn't be bad! 4 stars
6/02/07 arrow'ed ANTIFUNNY 1 stars
3/09/07 meth-man completely stupid, nothing funny about it. retarded movie! 1 stars
2/16/07 Vip Ebriega Weird! But still quite funny. 2 stars
2/14/07 johnnyfog Wow. That's a lot of fart jokes. 1 stars
10/03/06 Rhodri James Classic, blew me away, don't know what the others are talking about! 4 stars
12/23/05 ALDO Eddie murphy should go back to the 80's . these days his not funny 1 stars
7/15/05 tony Funny but if I wanted that much toilet humor, i would of took a dump and taken a picture! 1 stars
6/02/05 Chris NOT AT ALL FUNNY!!! 1 stars
3/27/04 Littlepurch. Well I liked it. Maybe I'm a disturbed humanb being but it made me laugh. 4 stars
10/07/03 Monster W. Kung Atrocious, pathetic, insulting. The bottom of the cinematic barrel. 1 stars
5/27/03 mr. Pink Truly awful. Comedy at it's most uncomedic, irritating and horrible 1 stars
5/13/03 Jon Lyrik One of the most shockingly bad sequels ever made. 1 stars
3/04/03 Jack Sommersby News flash: Flatuence jokes aren't funny. 1 stars
11/29/01 The $1.98 Pyramid Bad Sequel, Bad Baaad Sequel. 2 stars
10/01/01 Andrew Carden Pretty Funny, Janet Jackson Is Very Good. 4 stars
9/03/01 Butterbean I liked seeing sherman's family, but the story went haywire. 3 stars
8/07/01 Joe Zappa There are some mushy parts too early in the movie for no reason,but there R some okay jokes 3 stars
6/13/01 donald There are some laughs, but it is not as funny as the first 2 stars
3/30/01 BART the first one was better 3 stars
1/08/01 the?girl i laughed, i gotta admit it. (cheeaaaap) 2 stars
12/23/00 viking a film for degenerates !!! 2 stars
12/11/00 travis morrison must see [janet jaskon] 5 stars
12/02/00 The Evil Penguin good, but not as good as the orignal 3 stars
11/14/00 The EVIL Penguin Hilarious, but the original's still better. 4 stars
11/04/00 Bryce Weber Worst sequel ever made it was imbarrassing to be in the theatre 1 stars
8/26/00 Joe Levy My brother Mikey leaves big clumps of shit on the floor of my house. Oh, the movie stunk!! 2 stars
8/09/00 PJ Some funny moments, but wow what a performance by Murphy! 3 stars
8/06/00 Krystal Very entertaining, Murphy is extremely talented!! 4 stars
8/04/00 skeletor CRAP 1 stars
8/02/00 Captain Highcrime Funniet part: seeing a matinee full of <10 yr. olds be rushed out of theater by parents. 3 stars
8/02/00 k.j.tomko not funny and tasteless 2 stars
8/01/00 Coda I couldn't understand what he was saying. No one I knew could. Weak sauce. Mumble. Burp. 2 stars
8/01/00 Mortis Beyond bad. Was this suppose to be funny, well it wasn't! 1 stars
7/31/00 **~**Persnickety**~** not as good as the first but still full of laughs! 5 stars
7/30/00 Darren Shea Overly sentimental, and far too raunchy for PG-13, but still has some good laughs. 3 stars
7/29/00 Jokko Murphy works very hard, but the flick just ain't funny. 2 stars
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  28-Jul-2000 (PG-13)
  DVD: 07-Feb-2006


  14-Dec-2000 (M)

Directed by
  Peter Segal

Written by
  Chris Weitz
  Paul Weitz

  Eddie Murphy
  John Ales
  Janet Jackson
  Anna Maria Horsford
  Larry Miller

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