Review Date: July 26, 2000
Director: Peter Segal
Writer: Paul & Chris Weitz, B. Blaustein, D. Sheffield
Producers: Brian Grazer
Eddie Murphy as Sherman Klump/various
Janet Jackson as Denise Gaines
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.