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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.
Between Late Registration and Graduation-era Yeezy
"Now watch, baby. Every move a picture."
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…
"You might as well like yourself. Just think about all the time you're gonna have to spend with you."
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.
Am currently battling both a chest and ear infection right now (which tragically forced me to miss some of my most anticipated films of MIFF yesterday), so I guess seeing a Jerry Lewis comedy aided with a crippling cough probably wasn't the smartest idea. Surprisingly, the tears which were almost shed here weren't born of laughter, but from a deep, deep sadness that seems to permeate this.
Mood is wrong. Mood is wrong! Innkeeper! Got sexy lights?
There is a whole sequences where the professor imagines his student in a variety of sexy outfits indcluding a swim suit. No thanks!
É até difícil avaliar, porque a comédia que Jerry Lewis fazia é do tipo que hoje não funciona mais. Ainda assim, há filmes que envelheceram bem melhor que este. O problema é que Lewis confiava muito em comédia física sem quase nada a mais, diferentemente de gênios cômicos do passado, como Chaplin, Buster Keaton ou os irmãos Marx. Por outro lado, a premissa é um comentário social interessante, poderia ter rendido bem mais.
Really funny with great characters
This has been my first experience with Jerry Lewis and I can tell you I'm not a fan of his style of comedy. He relies on strange voices and goofy costumes. If you like that type of humor you'll love him, if you don't then this will be very hard to watch.
Stella Stevens is a goddess.
Surprisingly flat, and definitely overlong. Kelp is not quite antic enough for Lewis' performance to be interesting. Buddy Love is the superior comic creation, but he's so...cold. Not in a funny way, but in a barely-concealed-emotional-violence way.
Nerds are sex-crazed and blondes are dumb. Big Bang Theory-esque material.
My mom used to make me watch Jerry Lewis movies when I was a kid. At the time I couldn't understand why I had to watch this when Eddie Murphy was making the same movie. Now as an adult I appreciate this so much more. Jerry Lewis turns into his buddy Dean Martin (he's not fooling anyone denying that as factual), and it's so much more effective than turning into a fat guy who farts a lot. Pretty solid message as well. Lewis was a genius with his brand of humor.
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