Whenever there is a hit film that earns a lot of dough at the box office, you best be sure that there will be more films to follow in that particular franchise. Hollywood will never ignore an opportunity to milk an intellectual property, but unfortunately, a lot of these films don’t need any sequels or threequels. Yet, they get them, and they end up being quite disappointing, Nutty Professor II: The Klumps is one of such films. It’s a bright and shining example that even a phenomenal star such as Eddy Murphy cannot carry your film if it’s just that unnecessary.
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The Movie Review
Nutty Professor II: The Klumps the sequel to the successful The Nutty Professor, once again gives us a window into the life of lovable bumbling Professor Sherman Klump. Sherman’s life has changed a lot since the events of the first film. He’s got the girl, and he’s got a loving family, but this time, his scientific genius is put to the test as he attempts to develop a youth formula.
This isn’t too complicated, but then you have Sherman’s obnoxious alter ego, the charismatic Buddy Love who is once again ready to complicate things in the funniest of ways. Chaos ensues when Buddy escapes from Sherman’s body and starts causing havoc, jeopardizing Sherman’s professional and personal life.
Unfortunately, as usually occurs with unnecessary sequels in Hollywood, the writing and direction of Nutty Professor II: The Klumps fail to recapture the charm and humor of its predecessor. The screenplay, penned by Barry W. Blaustein and David Sheffield, lacks the wit and cleverness that made the first film so enjoyable.
The jokes feel forced and repetitive, relying heavily on crude humor and fat jokes. These were a staple of the first film, but here, they’re so forced, it’s almost as if the film stops dead in its tracks just to make another nasty remark at Sherman and the Klumps’ obesity.
The pacing of the film is also uneven, with moments that drag on unnecessarily and fail to engage you in the film.
Eddie Murphy is once again the highlight force in this film. He gives it his all in the dual role as both Professor Sherman Klump and Dashing Buddy Love. Of course, his talent shines through no matter the material, but the material he is given to work with here simply doesn’t live up to his comedic talents.
The rest of the cast, including Janet Jackson as the love interest and Larry Miller as Sherman’s antagonist, deliver performances that are mediocre at best, and completely forgettable at worst.
There is also a lack of chemistry and depth among the characters, which further dampens the overall impact of the film. There is an uneasiness in the film’s vibe, it’s like no actor feels like they should be there during the film’s making.
Now, the two most important factors aren’t great here, so, would the film be salvageable at least due to its presentation? Nope. From a technical standpoint, Nutty Professor II: The Klumps offers nothing remarkable. The cinematography is generic, with no inventive or visually striking shots to speak of.
The production design lacks imagination, failing to create a visually captivating world for the story to unfold. The special effects used to bring Sherman to life are the same as the original film, although lacking the polish and believability that was there in the original film.
I will say that the original soundtrack for Nutty Professor II is a missed opportunity. Thankfully, the film does feature some catchy tunes, mainly because of the pop tracks that are there in almost every comedy film.
The original score, on the other hand, composed by David Newman, lacks the memorable motifs and emotional depth needed to elevate the storytelling.
It’s mainly just a collection of sounds and sound effects to make the film seem funnier than it actually is.
Nutty Professor II: The Klumps is a disappointing follow-up to its predecessor, lacking the comedic brilliance and heart that made the original film a success. The weak writing, uninspired direction, and reliance on tired jokes make it a flat viewing experience.
Despite Eddie Murphy’s efforts to inject some life into the film, the overall lack of chemistry among the cast, uninspiring cinematography, forgettable soundtrack, and underwhelming production values make it difficult to recommend this film. So, unless you’re a hardcore Eddy Murphy fan and are fine with only having a few memorable moments in the film, this one doesn’t do anything special.
- Eddie Murphy's energetic performance
- Some moments of genuine humor
- An overreliance on crude humor and fat jokes, they’re also forced and repetitive at times
- A weak screenplay and uninspired direction, along with an uneven pace and moments that drag
- Mediocre cinematography and production design
- A forgettable soundtrack