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Nutty Professor II: The Klumps

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for crude humor and sex-related material

Reviewed by: Carole McDonnell
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Primary Audience:
Teen to Adult
Genre:
Comedy
Length:
1 hr. 50 min.
Year of Release:
2000
USA Release:
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Eddie Murphy in The Nutty Professor II: The Klumps
Featuring: Eddie Murphy, Larry Miller, Janet Jackson, John Ales, Gabriel Williams
Director: Peter Segal
Producer: Brian Grazer
Distributor: Universal Pictures

“Nutty Professor Two: The Klumps,” Eddie Murphy’s new summer film is a mixed bag. The movie seems to aim to be a family film. In a summer where so many movie “families” are at war with each other or murdering each other, here is a film with many scenes of family and family get-togethers. Yet the film also veers quite close to X-rated. Of course the film is about testosterone and manliness. So a film about “testosterone” might be expected to concern itself with the sexual. And yet, one is tempted to ask, “why so much?”

Janet Jackson and Eddie Murphy in The Nutty Professor II

When the film begins, mild-mannered Sherman Klump (Eddie Murphy in one of his many family characters) is discussing his “Buddy Love” problem. It seems Buddy—a macho testerone-overbalanced aspect of Sherman—has not completely simmered down inside Sherman’s psyche. Buddy is troublesome and like a possessing spirit, he makes Sherman do embarassing overly sexual actions at inopportune times. The psychiatrist recommends that Sherman accept this aspect of himself. But this is hard to do. Buddy doesn’t want to be accepted. Buddy wants to take over. It doesn’t help matters that Sherman has fallen in love with the smart genetics professor girl next door played by Janet Jackson and is aiming to marry her. Buddy and Sherman separate and become distinct individuals through the magic of cinematic science and Buddy tries to invade Sherman’s territory. Other complications include a man who is impotent because of his job loss or age or self esteem or a combination thereof.

If these were the only issues in the movie, the movie would be good entertainment indeed. But Executive Producers Jerry Lewis and Eddie Murphy fill the scenes with special effects like a sex-crazed giant rodent and a sex-crazed old grandmother. In addition, the film has a thirteen year old humor, touching on body humor—toothlessness, age, obesity, and flatulence. This film also falls into the category of those films that “would’ve been racist” if a white person had made it. Many black people might be offended by some parts. I, a black woman, certainly was.

The film doesn’t say anything new about machismo, sexuality and testosterone. Sherman loses his intelligence when he loses the Buddy aspect of himself. But this doesn’t seem convincing, it appears to be something tagged on for plot’s sake. Sexual health is equated with self-esteem and sexuality is shown as alive and well (a bit overboard) in grandmothers. And Sherman’s mother is one of the sweetest black woman I’ve ever seen who was portrayed by a man. But that’s about it. Teenagers will like the sexual jokes. But Christian teenagers will find some embarassing moments.


Viewer Comments
…The Klump family only appeared in a few scenes in the first movie, and the characters were hilarious. The problem is, taking secondary characters and attempting them to carry a whole movie doesn’t always work. Murphy makes the Klump characters very distinctive from each other. There’s not much foul language or nudity. There is too much reliance on sexual and gross-out humor and little to laugh at. Janet Jackson doesn’t have much to do other than look pretty as the professor’s love interest. The relationship between her and Professor Klump is wholesome, and they share innocent hugs and kisses. Some audience members might be offended by Professor Klump’s genetic experiments that are another example of man trying to play God. Definitely do not take young kids to this movie, or you will find yourself having to explain all the implied sexual situations and dialogue. My Ratings: [1/2]
—Hillari Hunter, age 38
The film is absolutely filthy from start to finish. The grandmother, played by Eddie Murphy goes from one filthy, sexual scene to another. It is filled with profanity, sexual references and other disgusting animal humor. This film starts with Professor Klump developing a new chemical that makes the person who takes it young again. He also discovers that his other personality, “Buddy love” is trying to resurface and through a lab mishap, he comes back to life. Buddy tries to take the formula away from him and sell it. Meanwhile, Grandma Klump takes a liking to Buddy love and tries to get him into bed. There is nothing a Christian will find redeeming about this film. This just shows how a bad sequel can destroy a good first movie. My Ratings: [1/3]
—Jason Hand, age 32
Eddie Murphy’s make-up artist did a good job making him into the different characters, but that is not enough to save this movie! The attempt at humor was tacky and boring. The flimsy storyline was just that… flimsy. My advice? Read a book, take your dog for a walk, take your kids for ice cream, but don’t waste your time going to this movie. My Ratings: [2/1½]
—Karen Buckner, age 35
A well made film. Typical Hollywood fare, with tear jerk moments at all the appropriate points, and very funny in places. However, toilet humor abounds. My intended benchmark when I watch movies is Phil 4:8 “Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anytyhing is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” In light of this, there are some of these things in the film, but the toilet humour may well obscure these completely for many. On balance, I don’t think I could say that the film really fulfils Phil 4:8, and probably wouldn’t have gone to see it had I have known the level of toilet humour I was going to be subjected. However, having said this, there was precious little to scar in this movie. I can only think of one enduring image that was unhelpful (baby ripping off woman’s skirt). My Ratings: [3/3]
—Mat Martin, age 24
This movie should have be rated “R”. It is potty humor of the worst kind. I could have lived my entire life and NEVER have seen this movie. I am sorry that I paid money to see it. My Ratings: [2/4]
—Mandy, age 25
…a good movie with lots of laughter. But the only thing that I disliked was the emphasis on intercourse. I was really disappointed with the grandmothers actions…
—Anonymous, age 21
“Nutty Professor II” is a funny movie, though not as good as the first one. There are positive messages about the importance of family, which is good. The movie also shows that our actions have unintended consequences (Sherman removes Buddy from his DNA and ends up forgetting everything). There’s too much sentimentality in this movie, though. The scene where Sherman forgets who his family members are is rather sad (until Papa Klump dunks him into the water full of Buddy Love’s DNA and he starts remembering things). Some parts are a little over the top, though, like the hamster’s assault on Dean Richmond and Grandma Klump’s attempted seduction of Buddy Love. Those with low tolerance levels should avoid this movie, but for those who can handle the grossness, I think it’s funny. My Ratings: [2½/3]
—Matt Quinn, age 15
This movie, although Very Funny, there is a lot to take offense to. The sounds alone are repulsive. I took my family to this last night, and didn’t expect what we saw. There is a lot of vulgar, sexual language and gestures. This should definitely have been rated “R” not “PG13”. If you do go see it, don’t take your kids. My Ratings: [1/4]
—David L. Moya, age 37
I haven’t seen this movie yet, but just by looking at the trailer (ON PUBLIC TV!!!) of a giant hampster humping a human?, a naked baby tearing at a woman’s dress??, and Eddie Murphy’s grandma [involved sexually] with her grandson?!… My Ratings: [1/1]
—James, age 21
This one was not as good as the first one, but it was entertaining nonetheless. However, it was not a movie for children, and I thought that it really pushed the limits of a PG-13 rating. I would have enjoyed it more if it had been less perverted. Some of the “humor” was very shocking, and at times, I could not believe my eyes and ears! The special effects were Oscar-worthy, though, and Eddie Murphy should get some type of reward for all of the effort he put in to playing all seven of these characters. Anyways, besides all of the wonderful special effects and the wonderful performances by Eddie Murphy, I cannot recommend this movie to everyone. Take extreme caution before going to see it. My Ratings: [1½/3½]
—Adam Renkovish, age 18
I thought this sequel to the Nutty Professor was a waste of time. The first one is good, but this one is kind of pointless. It would be a really funny movie if they didn’t have crude humor through out the WHOLE movie. My Ratings: [1½/4]
—Aaron Arneson, age 15
Movie Critics
…a rather astonishing creative collaboration between Eddie Murphy and makeup artist Rick Baker… to populate the movie with eight different characters, all played by Murphy, all convincing…
—Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
…raises the limit for what passes for PG-13 entertainment…
—Joe Leydon, Variety
…filled with crude, obscene and profane language…
—Preview Family Movie and TV Review
…All sorts of scatological material (farting sounds, huge hamster droppings) are also present…
—ScreenIt!