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Average: 24.68%
Pretty Bad: 19.48%
Total Crap36.36%

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Nutty Professor 2: The Klumps
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by EricDSnider

"Don't miss the hamster rape scene!!!!!!!!"
3 stars

Comedian Larry Miller is a very funny comic actor. It's too bad he has to get raped by a 12-foot hamster.

Such are the vicissitudes of "Nutty Professor II: The Klumps," a movie that starts out so simple, yet becomes so convoluted; a movie that is uproariously funny one moment, but sadly pedestrian the next; a movie that has far, far too many flatulence jokes and jokes about old people having sex.

As the film begins, Prof. Sherman Klump (Eddie Murphy), the enormous protagonist of the successful 1996 film to which this is a sequel, is positively schizophrenic with this "Buddy Love" guy. Buddy is Sherman's uninhibited Id, and Sherman finds himself saying and doing things reminiscent of Buddy's behavior, which is ruining his relationship with fellow professor Denise (Janet Jackson).

He discovers the cause of the problem is that he has one gene that is abnormal -- the Buddy Love gene. He extracts that gene from himself, freeing him of Buddy, but also causing his brain cells to stop working little by little, "Flowers for Algernon"-style. (Coincidentally, the dumber Sherman gets, the dumber the movie gets.)

As if that weren't bad enough, the gene accidentally spills on the floor and is mixed with the dog DNA, causing Buddy Love to come to life in actual, physical form, but with many latent dog characteristics. Now Sherman and Buddy are competing against each other, as both try to sell a formula Sherman has invented that reverses the aging process.

Meanwhile (I told you it was convoluted), Sherman's dad Cletus, lately impotent and depressed, gets a hold of the potion and finds youth. His wife, Anna, however, wants the regular Cletus back, as the movie attempts to trick us into thinking it has a point about true love or something.

(This is a movie in which a man in a space suit propels himself forward with his Herculean flatulence, and it wants us to take it seriously when it has something smart to say? Forget it.)

As in the first film, Eddie Murphy plays all the adult members of the Klump family, from over-sexed grandma to layabout brother. The special effects truly are amazing, as characters all played by Murphy interact with each other seamlessly. The makeup is flawless, too, and Murphy genuinely knows how to make these people real, from their hand gestures to their manner of speaking.

If only it were funnier! It has bursts of comedy, notably with grandma's constant bickering with Cletus, and with Larry Miller's sardonic college dean character. But then it dissolves into irrelevant parodies of "Star Wars," "2001" and "Armageddon," not to mention the abundant potty humor.

Gross-out humor can be funny, sure. But it seems oddly out of place in this movie. With such fun characters and so much potential for zippy comedy, turning to gags about a libidinous mutant hamster is a cop-out, as if the filmmakers feared that, in this day and age, you can't have a successful comedy unless you push the envelope. The film's moments of TRUE laughter prove otherwise.

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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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