The Nutty Professor – 1963

The tale of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is one of the most well known stories in literature, and its concept has great appeal. The idea of using chemicals and medicine to change into someone else entirely is not a new concept, but it comes with a warning label. Jerry Lewis stars as Dr. Julius Kelp in this comedic take on the classic Jekyll and Hyde story. Using a formula to alter his appearance, Kelp turns himself into ladies man Buddy Love who swoons and swings and gets farther with Kelp’s potential love interest than Kelp ever dreamt. The comedy of this film comes from Lewis’ physical comedy who plays the transformation for laughs and gets himself into unfortunate situations when his formula wears off at inopportune moments. The message of this film is to love yourself for who you are, but to also seek to change what you don’t like (through less dangerous means).

One of the greatest comedies of the sixties and a far cry better than Eddie Murphy’s take.

A good laugh and one of the best films of Lewis’ career, I give this one…

4.5 out of 5


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