Nutty Professor II: The Klumps
|Nutty Professor II: The Klumps|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Peter Segal|
|Produced by||Brian Grazer|
|Screenplay by||Barry W. Blaustein
|Story by||Steve Oedekerk
Barry W. Blaustein
by Jerry Lewis
|Music by||David Newman|
|Editing by||William Kerr|
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
|Running time||106 minutes|
|Box office||$166,339,890 (worldwide)|
Nutty Professor II: The Klumps is a 2000 science fiction romantic comedy film directed by Peter Segal. It is a sequel to the 1996 film The Nutty Professor and stars Eddie Murphy. Like in the first one, Murphy plays not only the inept but brilliant scientist, Sherman Klump but also (wearing different, but equally elaborate makeup) most of Sherman's family as well. In contrast to the previous film, subplots which are centered around his family (mainly his parents) occupy a substantial part of the film.
Sherman Klump (Eddie Murphy) is working on a new miracle formula– this time, the fountain of youth. He is also preparing to marry a fellow scientist and girlfriend, Denise Gaines (Janet Jackson) (with no explanation of where Carla Purty went except mentioning that she and Sherman were only friends). Unfortunately, he has started suffering from personality lapses that are threatening to alienate his bride-to-be: against his will, he acts like the obnoxious, hypersexed Buddy Love (Eddie Murphy) of the first film. After a particularly unpleasant incident, Sherman goes to his lab to analyze his DNA and locates Buddy Love's DNA in an abnormal gene. He decides to use Denise's genetic research methods to isolate the gene and permanently extract Buddy Love's DNA from his own. His assistant, Jason (John Ales), tries to stop him, warning him that he might damage his health or even lose his intelligence. Sherman disregards the warning and, alone in his lab late at night, extracts Buddy's DNA.
The orphaned DNA, a glowing blob of jelly, combines with a hair from a basset hound named Buster and grows spontaneously into an adult man, Buddy Love—now a fully autonomous being. Thanks to his doggy heritage, however, this Buddy Love has a tendency to chase cats and cars. Meanwhile, Sherman has inflicted so much genetic damage on himself by removing Buddy that his brain cells begin dying at an exponential rate.
Meanwhile, Cletus (Eddie Murphy), who has now retired from his job in the construction industry, takes a swig of Sherman's new formula, which Sherman hid in the garage earlier, and becomes a man in his late 20s, goes to a club and ends up in a fight with an older man named Willie. Buddy, who had an unsuccessful deal with Leanne Gillford (Melinda McGraw), notices this fight when Cletus turns back into his old self.
Buddy breaks into the Klump's house and steals some of Sherman's youth formula, planning to sell it to the highest bidder, then adds a household chemical to the remainder of the mixture. But Granny (Eddie Muprhy) catches him, and thinks he is the stripper that was ordered for Denise's bachelorette party. Granny then strips and tongue-kisses Buddy which causes him to vomit in some near by bushes & essentially run off crying. When Sherman administers the adulterated potion to a hamster in front of a large audience, the hamster, Petey, grows to enormous size. The Dean Richmond (Larry Miller) hides from Petey under a fur coat, which the hamster sees as a female hamster named Molly, who already escaped the potion. Petey performs a lewd act (offscreen) on the Dean. After the fiasco, the deeply traumatized Dean fires Sherman. However, this is the least of Sherman's problems; his brain damage is now reaching a critical level. With the help of his loyal lab assistant, Jason, he devises a strategy to restore his mind. He plans to reintegrate Buddy into his DNA by reverting him back to the jelly-like matter he used to be, then sucking him up through a straw.
Sherman concocts a new, stronger youth formula when he is interrupted by Dean Richmond, demanding to know what Sherman's playing at. Richmond explains Buddy Love is selling the youth formula to a rival company, and believes Sherman to be in on it. Sherman gets a tennis ball, and heads with Dean Richmond to the office where Buddy is pitching the youth formula he stole; if he can revert Buddy to an infantile state and consume him, the return of Buddy's DNA to his own system will repair the damage that he originally caused. When Sherman arrives Buddy laughs, but Sherman then throws the tennis ball, and Buddy's dog genes compel him to give chase. Sherman has coated the ball with his new, super potent youth formula, and when Buddy catches the ball, he turns into a toddler. He runs off, then melts into a gelatinous blob that continues fleeing. However, Buddy suffers many injuries while in his blob form which soon kills him. He is run over by a car, thrown into the air making a hard landing, and is trampled in a large crowd of people. Buddy, in critical condition, tells Sherman before his last breath, "Let's see how long you last without me". He dies and evaporates into a public coin fountain. But unfortunately, for Sherman, he can no longer get back inside of him.
Denise and Cletus arrive, and see Sherman and Richmond. Sherman, before his brain becomes seriously damaged, sadly tells Denise, whom he no longer recognizes, that he no smart, never, no more. Denise starts crying, and one of her tears lands on Buddy's DNA blob, causing it to trickle into the fountain. As his companions begin to usher him away, Denise promising to take care of him, Sherman turns and mumbles something about "pretty water". They see the fountain's water glowing a bright neon blue. Buddy is dead, but his DNA is still alive in the water. She and Cletus force Sherman to drink the water before the DNA disperses, and he rapidly regains his mental faculties. In the last scene, Sherman and Denise get married.
- Eddie Murphy as Professor Sherman Klump / Buddy Love / Granny Klump / Mama Anna Klump / Papa Cletus Klump / Young Papa Cletus Klump / Ernie Klump / Lance Perkins
- Janet Jackson as Denise Gaines. Gaines replaces Sherman's girlfriend in the first film, Carla Purty because the actress who played her, Jada Pinkett left due to marrying rapper-turned-actor Will Smith, her pregnancy and later her signing on to the sequels to The Matrix
- Larry Miller as Dean Richmond
- John Ales as Jason
- Richard Gant as Mr. Gaines
- Anna Maria Horsford as Mrs. Gaines
- Melinda McGraw as Leanne Guilford
- Jamal Mixon as Ernie Klump Jr.
- Wanda Sykes as Chantal
- Freda Payne as Claudine
- Nikki Cox as Student
- Chris Elliott as Restaurant Manager
- Duffy Taylor as Restaurant Trainee
- Earl Boen as Dr. Knoll
- Charles Napier as Four Star General
- Steve Kehela as Scientist
- Miguel A Nunez Jr. as Scientist
- Viola Kates Stimpson as Sweet Old Lady with Dog
Box office 
The film grossed over $42.5 million in its opening weekend and went on to a total gross of over $123.3 million. It garnered an additional $43 million in foreign markets.
Nutty Professor II has received mixed to negative reviews from critics. Adjectives such as "obnoxious", "lowbrow", "bloated", and "unfunny" crop up frequently in reviews - Rotten Tomatoes lists the movie at a 26% approval rating, with the site's consensus stating that "While Eddie Murphy is still hilarious as the entire Klump family, the movie falls apart because of uneven pacing, a poor script, and skits that rely on being gross rather than funny." Salon.com, which gave the movie one of its few positive notices, offers the praise "cheerfully vulgar". The New Yorker's Anthony Lane was particularly severe; in addition to hating the film on general principles, he dismisses Murphy's playing of multiple characters as "minstrelling", and charges the actor with "at once feeding us what we like and despising us for swallowing it." Most critics, however, mix a generally negative assessment of the movie with at least a nod towards Murphy's versatility and comic talent. Roger Ebert gave the film three stars, noting that while it was "raucous" and "scatological," the film overall proved to be "very funny" and "never less than amazing."
The film was parodied by comedian Jack Black in the film Tropic Thunder, in which Black's character, Jeff Portnoy, plays several members of a comically obese family. Tropic Thunder was released by Paramount Pictures, which released the original Nutty Professor in 1963. Tropic Thunder director Ben Stiller would later appear alongside Eddie Murphy in the 2011 film Tower Heist.
A sequel has been announced, tentatively titled Nutty Professor III. In March 2012, Eddie Murphy confirmed in an interview that Universal still hasn't confirmed any production dates for a third sequel, he also added that he "loves portraying the crazy characters and would like to give it another go."
- The Nutty Professor II: The Klumps (2000)
- Nutty Professor II: the Klumps at *RottenTomatoes.com
- Lane, Anthony. The New Yorker, August 7, 2000.
- Official website
- Nutty Professor II: The Klumps at the Internet Movie Database
- Nutty Professor II: The Klumps at the TCM Movie Database
- Nutty Professor II: The Klumps at AllRovi
- Nutty Professor II: The Klumps at Rotten Tomatoes