But I am not 'most people'. I've watched this movie in the theater and in my college apartment, with my boyfriend and later with my husband, with my kids, by myself, on VHS, DVD, Cable, On-Demand, and from Blockbuster, Netflix and Red Box. I love this movie!
What is it about Sherman Klump, aka Professor Klump that resonates so deeply within me? Am I a fat man longing to be skinny, a brainiac who lacks confidence, a member of a family who has farting contests?
If you have never seen The Nutty Professor, you can stop here. Or better yet, go rent it, and then check back in. It is sure to please.
Sulking, eating donuts to comfort his pain, and desperately longing to be skinny, Sherman gets motivated late night by watching a Richard Simmons-like infomercial.
Yes. I. Can. Yes. I. CAN. YES I CAN!
He rushes in the middle of the night to the lab at the college he teaches to test the skinny potion he has developed. After discovering its direct effects with rats, he takes the formula for himself and POOF, he becomes skinny! If only it could be that simple!
Life INSTANTLY changes for Sherman. The shy and insecure Sherman who struggled with self-confidence on a date with Ms. Purdy has quickly turned into an obnoxious, over-zealous, ego-maniac. He drives fancy sports cars, talks badly about people, treats everyone horribly and LOVES himself.
Naturally, no one likes the new guy in town, aka Buddy Love. They miss the old Sherman.
Just like any fad diet or magic pill, Sherman's magic potion wears off at the most inopportune time. Nothing is more humbly than having to be pealed out from a Maserati with the Jaws of Life because you got stuck inside.
Throughout the entire movie, I'm cheering for Sherman Klump. I want him to succeed. I want him to lose the weight.
But he proves there is no magic formula for getting thin. There are no successful fad diets or gimmicks.
Oh but wouldn't that Be so Great? Great. Great. Great. Great. Great.
This post inspired by Mama Kat's Writer's Workshop.
What was it about that movie? Describe A movie you once had memorized.