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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.
"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.
I remember being fairly disappointed upon seeing this as a kid, as I'd heard it was his masterpiece at the time, yet I was already a fan of his earlier, more manic comedies. The long, drawn out, and uncomfortable scenes weren't quite up to the typical Lewis brand of zaniness I had come to expect, so I was somewhat dismissive of this (although I'm sure I still watched it at least three times). Now it's 2014, and uncomfortable and awkward comedy is much more the norm, and THE NUTTY PROFESSOR seems way ahead of its time as a result. Although oddly enough, the characters here seem much more cartoonish than usual, perhaps because everyone is ridiculous, from the bartenders to…
Review pending (Flickfeast)
It having been a couple of decades since my last viewing, I have to say the wacko transformation scene still freaks me out, and the rest of the movie, while a good variation on Jekyll and Hyde, is all kinds of messed up. Jennifer the bird is the best.
Jerry Lewis in a Jekyll-and-Hyde story that provides him with one of the best gimmicks of his career: as Julius Kelp, he's a shy, clumsy chemistry professor, a simp with specs and rabbity teeth, but when he drinks his formula he turns into a brash, domineering hipster singer named Buddy Love-i.e., a cartoon of Dean Martin. Lewis has reconstituted his former team but now plays both halves, and working within this format he has some scenes that can hold their own with the classic silent comedies. The picture is very erratic, and it's too long and repetitive; Lewis, who also directed and wrote the script (with Bill Richmond), has always had trouble knowing when to drop something. But he had…
While Eddie Murphy's 1996 remake of The Nutty Professor gave us one entertaining, likable character in contrast to a more brash, contemptible one, Jerry Lewis gives us a stale, insufferable archetype in contrast to a cockier, suave counterpart in the original film from 1963. The result is a woefully unpleasant, and worse, unfunny, experience.
Read the full review on my personal website, stevethemovieman.proboards.com/thread/5344/nutty-professor-1963
This is known as Jerry Lewis' greatest film. Not being a huge fan, I still enjoyed this film. Jerry keeps his silliness to a minimum, just enough to convey the character. If you want to sample the Jerry Lewis filmography, start with The Nutty Professor.
American comedian Jerry Lewis’ fourth director-cum-co-writer-cum-star vehicle in his solo career, a loopy parody of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, where he playfully juggles with the dichotomy between the geeky, bucktoothed, accidental-prone professor Julius Kelp and the raffish, chain-smoking, hipster crooner Buddy Love.
What prompts Professor Kelp (Lewis) to undergo a thorough transmogrification is his swooning over his student Stella Purdy (Stevens), who is far out of his league, although no one in his class is even remotely credible to pass for a college freshman, or maybe the 60s simply was not a kind era for adolescents. Thanks to an inexplicable magic potion he manages to confect, with a faint reference to the turning of a hirsute werewolf, Kelp’s new-born…
Seemed like edgy at the time but it feels like more of an exaggerated version of how an introvert sees an extrovert. It feels like a shade on Lewis' former partner but it does make me want to see any of their collaborations before.
Not really my kind of humor
Wacky and weird, and uniquely funny.
50 (and more!) screen performers who have reached the grand old age of 90, and hopefully beyond.
List made from the book 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die. This list just from the 2016 edition,…