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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…
Wacky and weird, and uniquely funny.
Holy cow did I enjoy this.
I'd seen this before, but so long ago that basically the only part I remembered was the last gag before the credits.
Although it's more than a bit misogynist, Jerry Lewis' The Nutty Professor is nothing less than a comic gem. Bright, simple, and decidedly sexual, the film is never content to rest on the humor of its premise: it wants us to laugh at the juxtaposition of these specific characters in these situations. While it is troubling that Stella Steven's character just can't help but fall in love with the perfectly obnoxious Buddy Love (whose treatment of her lends itself to some extremely problematic situations), his sex appeal is palpable. This is the kind of film that - despite its dated and rather wrong attitude towards sex and romance - remains incredibly silly, funny, and entertaining.
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.
100 essential American movies that apparently don't exist to the American Film Institute. I've tried to compile an alternate-canon-list from…
From his book Essential Cinema.
A huge thanks to everyone who added films, helped me find films with alternate titles,…