All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. An easy way of seeing how…
The Nutty Professor
What does he become? What kind of monster?
Jerry Lewis directed, co-wrote and starred in this riotously funny movie that set a new standard for screen comedy and inspired the hit remake. Lewis plays a timid, nearsighted chemistry teacher who discovers a magical potion that can transform him into a suave and handsome Romeo. The Jekyll and Hyde game works well enough until the concoction starts to wear off at the most embarrassing times.
Along with LOST HIGHWAY, one of the great horror movies about psychic fugue states.
My thoughts on Jerry Lewis as expressed by this exchange from Ghostbusters:
Peter: "So I guess they just don't make 'em like they used to..."
Ray: "No! No one ever made them like this! He was either a certified genius or an authentic wacko!"
Lewis' total control of his body and timing reaches beyond the veneer of his own performance. Prof. Kelp's first encounter in Dr. Warfield's office wrings gut laughs purely out of facial tics and expressions. Same with the squeaky shoes gag. The mastery of physical form extends to the elegant movements of his camera (ex: the beautiful glide into the club from Buddy's POV), the splashy secondary colors of Kelp's lab & Buddy's leisure suits, and the playful…
"Now watch, baby. Every move a picture."
When I'm not laughing I'm generally in awe of either the bizarre parallel universe this takes place in, the surprisingly expressive filmmaking on display (colors! Specifically, purples!), or the climactic speech from Jerry Lewis, a masterpiece of unearned sentiment. Like his fellow Jerries Seinfeld or Falwell, Lewis just doesn't do sincerity very well, which also gives his portrayal of the smarmy Buddy Love an added mmph of fascinating autobiography.
MVP goes to Howard Morris, God bless him.
Between Late Registration and Graduation-era Yeezy
"You might as well like yourself. Just think about all the time you're gonna have to spend with you."
I’m not sure it beats The Errand Boy for comedy (which had the advantage of a sketch-movie like structure), but it’s the more assured movie and makes a very good case for Jerry Lewis’s popularity with some critics, there’s a visual invention and more generally a care to colours that feels very pop, some of the gags feel very cartoon-like, and if not all of them work, the next one will always be along in a minute. There’s definitely a persona on screen (that can be grating to some), but the person behind the camera is far more important.
Why I watched this movie? The 149th Danny Peary Cult Movie that I have watched of the 200 listed in his 3 Volume book series. This one is listed in Volume 1. 51 more to go.
What is this one about? To improve his social life, a nerdish professor (Jerry Lewis) drinks a potion that temporarily turns him into the handsome, but obnoxious, Buddy Love (Jerry Lewis again).
My thoughts on this one? I am not a huge fan of Jerry Lewis comedy at all (not much French blood in me I guess). Before watching this movie I had read that legend has it that Lewis based his Buddy Love character on Lewis' longtime former comedy partner Dean Martin. Whether…
IMO this is Lewis's take on the Dr Jeckyll and Mr Hyde story a down on his luck nerdish professor creates a serum and becomes the egotistical Buddy Love
Not particularly funny but the production design and the use of bright colours is extraordinary.
A gaggle of yucks and laffs!
It might still not by my favourite Lewis film, but it sure has a case for the most perfect/dramatically satisfying. Genuinely touching and incisive on a second viewing, and the first sequence in the Purple Pit is about as perfect a 20 minutes of cinema you're likely to see - Buddy Love really is top 5 film villains ever for me. Colours pop on the Blu-ray, it's a really striking palette Lewis works with.
Real enjoyable. Jerry Lewis is the man!
It's silly, but relatively heartfelt and pretty darn funny.
some say buddy love is lewis portraying his ex-partner dean martin; others say lewis is either portraying his real self at the time off screen or the person he would become later in real life .