Nutty Professor 2: The Klumps
WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
To borrow a line from JoBlo, "Eddie Murphy used to be a great comedian". Sadly, he’s now forced to rely on body suits and make up just to break even at the box office. Word has it that he’s rehashing yet another sequel in Dr. DOLITTLE 2, which is definitely not a good sign. His follow up to his last hit, Nutty Professor 2, makes its way onto a DVD with great audio and video as well as a host of added extras.
Professor Sherman Klump (Eddie Murphy) discovers that he’s got leftover DNA in him from his alter ego nemesis, Buddy Love. This excess genetic material has been affecting his personality, turning him into a sex-crazed fiend and scaring his future fiancée (Janet Jackson). Realizing his relationship is in jeopardy, he must now find a way to finally get Buddy Love out of his system.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
This is without question, the dumbest movie I’ve seen all year. It relies heavily on bad fart jokes and even grosser geriatric humor to earn its laughs, which are few and far between. I’ll give Eddie Murphy credit for bringing 5 members of the Klumps to life and seamlessly integrating their performances but the story itself is downright moronic. A great acting job can only carry a plotless movie so far before it completely falls apart. I don't mind suspending my belief in order to enjoy a flick but this one went completely overboard. It’s nice to know that the writers decided to rewrite the textbooks on molecular biology in order to build their storyline. Seeing the cast members chase around a talking puddle of DNA had me shaking my head, thinking: "What the hell is this?". The only scene which actually prompted a laugh was the implied sodomization from a giant mutant hamster on its helpless victim. Of all the Klumps, Granny was far and away the zaniest with her raging libido but the others weren’t nearly as entertaining. This is a horrendous comedy which fails to deliver the laughs with its ridiculously stupid story.
For a movie this bad, I was almost dreading to go through the extras, seeing as how the actual feature presentation left such a bad taste in my mouth. The first, "A conversation with Director Peter Segal and Producer Brian Grazer" is basically a pseudo audio commentary which plays over the film but comes to an abrupt end a third of the way during the movie’s running time. It’s a funny and animated discussion which only left me wanting more. "Spotlight on Location" is a 25-minute making of featurette which offers plenty of interviews, make up shots and other behind the scenes stuff. There’s also a deleted scene which shows Sherman and his fiancée Denise shopping for a new house. An extended take of a dinner sequence is also included. Two make up extras which feature time lapse photography detail how long it took to get Eddie Murphy to look like one of the Klumps. Storyboards for 3 key action sequences are also included. The "Outtakes" featurette was probably the best extra and undeniably the funniest. The music video for Janet Jackson’s "Doesn’t Really Matter" rounds out the extras. The disc’s menus are partially animated and feature some sound snippets from the flick.
It’s hard to recommend a DVD when the actual movie really sucked the big one. Granted, there’s an excellent commentary track, funny outtakes and a good "making of" documentary but you can’t ignore the fact that this is basically 90 minutes of really crappy comedy. It seems as though Murphy was quick to milk off the enormous success of the first Nutty Professor before actually finding a decent script. Stay away from this DVD, you’ll thank me later.