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The Nutty Professor
The Nutty Professor is the name of a 1963 comedy film starring Jerry Lewis. The plot is a loose parody of Robert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Lewis plays Professor Julius Kelp, an extremely socially inept professor who invents a serum that turns him into the extremely smooth, charming but obnoxious character Buddy Love.
In 2004, the film was added to the National Film Registry.
A 1996 remake starred Eddie Murphy as university professor Sherman Klump, suffering from severe obesity. He invents a miracle weight loss potion so he can seduce the girl of his dreams. Through a hilarious sequence of events, he eventually discovers that an unfortunate side effect of his invention is disassociative identity disorder. The subsequent wild climax is best understood by those who have already seen The Exorcist.
Extensive portions of the movie were filmed on the campus of the University of California, Los Angeles, including the memorable opening scene where Klump arrives at campus to discover that all his lab animals have escaped and are wreaking havoc upon innocent bystanders all over the main plaza (in real-life, UCLA's Dickson Plaza).
There was a sequel to the 1996 movie, , released in 2000.
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