90’s comedies make us laugh, cry, and can give us some important life lessons. The 1998 film The Nutty Professor, starring 80s comedy king Eddie Murphy, is one of those movies I watched as a kid that really affected me. The comedy was spot on and I always have a blast watching the film, but this movie makes me emotional at times. Science Professor Sherman Klump is such a down to earth character. While I love Murphy’s hilarious portrayal of the egotistical Buddy Love, his performance as Klump made me empathize with him about his insecurities about love and career success. I relate to that guy now as an adult who is still coming into her own. So, this got me thinking. What can we learn from The Nutty Professor? Here are few things we can take from the film:
1.) Love & Acceptance Is For All Sizes-
Love and self-acceptance is the prominent theme of The Nutty Professor. Prof. Klump feels unworthy of Miss Purdy (Jada Pickett Smith)’s affections due to his insecurity over his weight. What I love about this movie is takes on the topic of “body positivity” before it was widely discussed like it is today. We see Klump change into Buddy Love as his alter-ego, only to realize that he doesn’t need to be slim in order to win the affection of his Miss Purdy or gain recognition from his peers at Wellman College. The movie reminds we are worthy of being accepted and loved exactly for who we are. There will always be a Reggie Warrington (Dave Chappelle) in this world but keep doing your thing!
2.) If You Are Going To Change, Do It ONLY For Yourself-
Its no secret The Nutty Professor is based on the gothic novella “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” by Robert Louis Stevenson. Like in the book, Klump makes a potentially dangerous mixture just so he can look attractive in society’s views. What we can learn is that you don’t need to go to extremes in order to improve your image. While there is no problem with changing certain aspects of the self (weight, fashion style, hair, etc), just make sure you are doing it for the right reasons.
3.) Appreciate The Family That You Have-
We can’t change our parents or the families we were born in. The Klump family are about as crazy, hilarious family as they come. But we love them for how zany they are! The film does a great job illustrating personal goals versus meeting family expectations. Klump’s father, along with other male family members, opposes Klump’s diet changes. However, Sherman Klump’s Mother provides more of a safe space for him to express his concerns and she always nurturing. The movie helps us to remember that no matter how crazy a family can be, they will always be your flesh and blood. Your parents love you. They don’t want to see you get hurt no matter how old you get. You will make decisions your folks may disagree with you. In the end, you need to do what makes you happy. What matters is they still love you anyway.
What do you take from this movie? What is your favorite scene from this 90s comedy? Let us know down in the comments below.