The Nutty Professor

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  • PG
  • 1963
  • 1 hr 47 min
  • 6.6  (19,155)

The Nutty Professor, released in 1963, is a comedy film that follows a nerdy, socially awkward, and unattractive professor named Julius Kelp (played by Jerry Lewis). Kelp is a chemistry teacher at a small college who is constantly ridiculed by his students and peers for his clumsiness, shyness, and lack of confidence. Kelp desires to be more popular and attractive to women but lacks the charisma and physical appearance to do so.

One day, Kelp begins to experiment with a Formula X potion that he invented, hoping to find something that will make him more attractive and confident. After his initial experiments, Kelp discovers that the potion transforms him into a suave, confident, and handsome man named Buddy Love. Confident and carefree, Buddy begins to charm his way into the hearts of women and becomes the most popular man on campus.

However, as Kelp starts to rely more and more on his Buddy Love persona, he discovers that the transformation is only temporary, and he must continue to drink the potion to maintain his newfound image. Kelp becomes increasingly dependent on his alter-ego until the line between reality and fantasy becomes blurred, and he risks losing his true self forever.

Along the way, Kelp falls in love with one of his students, Stella (played by Stella Stevens), who is initially repulsed by his clumsy behavior but becomes enchanted by Buddy's charms. Stella's affections for both Kelp and Buddy soon create a love triangle that threatens to tear the protagonist apart.

Despite the risks and challenges, Kelp continues to drink the potion and transform into Buddy, hoping to win over Stella and gain acceptance from his peers. He takes Buddy to a party, where his alter-ego becomes increasingly obnoxious, and his true identity is revealed. As Kelp confronts his friends and ex-girlfriend, he realizes that he does not need to rely on Buddy Love to be happy and finds the confidence to be his true self.

The Nutty Professor is a timeless comedy that explores themes of self-esteem, self-discovery, and the pressure to conform to societal expectations. Jerry Lewis delivers a masterful performance as the bumbling Professor Kelp, and his alter-ego, Buddy Love, provides a glimpse into what could have been. The film is a classic comedy that is sure to leave audiences laughing and feeling good about themselves.

The Nutty Professor is a 1963 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 47 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.6.

The Nutty Professor
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    1 hr 47 min
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    6.6  (19,155)