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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
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.
"You might as well like yourself. Just think about all the time you're gonna have to spend with you."
by /u/montypython22 on Reddit, who is also on Letterboxd!
Jerry Lewis, once American cinema’s most maligned esoteric, is slowly but surely becoming a national treasure. His films are bizarr-o masterworks from the Tashlin-Looney Tunes School of Comedy. He’s a comedic artist capable of smarmy self-denigration (The Patsy), sophisticated silent slapstick (The Errand Boy), and multi-role-playing of the Sellers quality (The Family Jewels). His films—both with and without his mentor-director Frank Tashlin—are always hilarious, providing steady laughs while spiked with an acerbic wit unparalleled in American comedy.
When it comes to singling out a favorite Jerry Lewis film, there are multiple great films from which to choose. Fellow mod /u/kingofthejungle223 prefers the New Wave-infused sketch-lunacy of The Ladies Man (1961) .…
Maybe I just wasn't in the right mood but this film didn't really work for me. The moments of absurdism and physical comedy where great and the whole thing was well shot but I simply didn't care about what happened and the comedy felt incredibly forced to me. The constant whining and twisting of words that the professor did drove me nuts. It's a gorgeous film to look at but the meat wasn't there for me. I don't know, maybe it's not the best entry point into Lewis's filmography.
A diversely talented performance from Jerry Lewis with colorful and playful imagery to accompany him on this wacky journey of a nerd turned cool cat.
All of the performances are over the top in comedy and everyone plays off of each other very well. The production design is spectacular with all its cool colors surrounding the warm and bright characters.
It's fairly simplistic, simply dealing with the theme of embracing who you are. Lewis's contrasting performance from Kelp to Buddy is mesmerizing, to see such a difference is amazing but as far as Buddy being a character he was straight forward at best.
Incredibly entertaining from the slapstick humor to Jerry Lewis's performance.
Jerry Lewis's Persona, and in some ways a more honest film (1963). Lewis is Dr. Julius Kelp, an absentminded chemist who invents a potion that turns him into the irresistible Buddy Love, a character bearing a not wholly coincidental resemblance to Dean Martin. Even if you don't find Lewis funny (strangely enough, I sometimes do), The Nutty Professor has to stand as one of the most intense investigations of self ever put on film, a technically impeccable work of inspired megalomania.
Most of those who admire Jerry Lewis' individual body of work consider his take on Jekyll and Hyde to be his finest achievement, full of surreal director's touches (only outdone by his THE LADIES MAN), comedy, romance, and two fine lead performances, both by Lewis himself. His college professor Julius Kelp (Jekyll) is the usual accident-prone, socially challenged character we have seen him perform many times, while the narcissistic, suave. handsome, talented Buddy Love (Hyde) that he becomes after drinking a body building portion of his own invention is something new, a creepy, serious Lewis character. At the time of the film's release, people thought this performance might be Lewis doing a satire of his old partner Dean Martin, but…
After watching Irreversible I had to take a fun little silly break, as expected this movie did the trick. As much as the whole thing is quite silly, I think the toughest thing you have to buy is that a college student that looks like Stella Stevens would have interest in a nerdy professor who looks like Lewis, but I've bought more ridiculous things in slapstick comedy situations. This is the age-old Dr. Jekkyl and Mr. Hyde story with Lewis as a meek chemistry professor who is able to temporarily transform himself into an obnoxious lothario. Nothing special, but quite funny with a few pretty ingenious comedic elements.
Always liked this one, I should really rewatch it sometime.
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.
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