Original: The Nutty Professor (1963)
Director: Tom Shadyac
Stars: Eddie Murphy, Jada Pinkett-Smith, James Coburn, John Ales, Larry Miller, Larry Miller, Dave Chappelle
Revisiting Eddie Murphy’s 1996 hit The Nutty Professoris a rather sad endeavor. Hilarious, fearless, and endlessly able to hit every emotional sweet spot, Murphy’s performance in the fantastical romp—about a gentle college professor’s transformations into an arrogant Casanova—shows how uniquely gifted the comedian truly is; that is, when he’s given worthy material.
In the 1963 Jerry Lewis comedy vehicle of the same, that’s just what director Tom Shadyac found. Now if only Shadyac would give Murphy a phone call today.