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Nutty Professor 2: The Klumps (2000)
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Review Date: July 26, 2000
Director: Peter Segal
Writer: Paul & Chris Weitz, B. Blaustein, D. Sheffield
Producers: Brian Grazer
Actors:
Eddie Murphy as Sherman Klump/various
Janet Jackson as Denise Gaines
Plot:
Professor Sherman Klump's alter-ego Buddy Love does not want him to get married to the love of his life, Denise, so he breaks free of Sherman's body and attempts to take credit for his fat chum's invention, a revolutionary youth serum. All kinds of craziness ensues.
Critique:
A few big laughs and Granny Klump don't excuse this film's lame plot, over-sentimentality and many gross, unfunny and regurgitated jokes. And why slap in a "heartfelt" scene every few minutes? I know that we're supposed to feel sorry for Sherman Klump because he's fat and lonely at times, but we got that the first time that you struck us over the head with it...now make us laugh, dammit! Over-the-top sexual innuendoes, potty humor and fart jokes just didn't do much for me in this film. I think that it's the kind of movie that you're either gonna like or not like. Many people walked out of the audience that I saw it with, but many others were laughing out loud. I chuckled every now and again, mostly when Mother Klump and Granny Klump were in the forefront, but found much of the story to be very, very boring, and Eddie Murphy's primary characters of Sherman and Buddy Love to be the least interesting.

And you'd figure that with a title like THE KLUMPS, the studio would have focused more on the secondary Murphy characters, but other than a tired running sketch between Mother and Father Klump (something about him not being able to hold an erection...haha), none of them were really developed further. Make a film starring Granny Klump going on vacation or something, and I'm there! But watching Murphy overact as Buddy Love and overplay his sad puppy look as Sherman just annoyed the hell out of my after a while. And what's with some of the embarrassingly generic comedy bits like Sherman accidentally slipping the table cloth into his zipper and then getting up...haha, guess what happens to everything on the table? Is this supposed to be fresh comedy? Don't think so! Felt a lot like Archie comic book jokes to me. Janet, Ms. Jackson (cause I'm nasty), does an okay job as the one-dimensional girlfriend who loves Sherman despite him acting like an ass every minute, but no one really cares much about her. On the other hand, a shout-out does definitely go out to Eddie Murphy who once again amazes as all of these different characters (all flawlessly executed), but I personally think that he has overextended his "latex" card with this one. How's about you get back to some real original Eddie Murphy comedy, dude? Enough of the retreads!

Overall, this movie will either amuse you with its few big funny moments and Granny Klump disgusting eroticism, or bore you with its genericism, indescribably inane plot and mumbling dialogue. In fact, much of the dialogue between the family members is lost because of overlapping and hard-to-decipher mumbling.
(c) 2016 Berge Garabedian
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