THE NUTTY PROFESSOR II: THE KLUMPS
It works well. Eddie Murphy is positively sidesplitting as Grandma Klump the film at one point having Murphy as Grandma trying to seduce himself also playing Buddy. As before and even more so here, the film is a mastery of makeup effects and opticals, not just in allowing Eddie Murphy to play multiple parts but to essentially play all the major characters in the film and substantially interact with the other personalities. It works to a remarkable extent, the measure of which must be that we are taken up by the comedy rather than by wowing at the effects work that allows such to take place.
The first films succinctness lay in telling a variation on the Jekyll/Hyde story, in the comic playing of two diametrically opposed Eddie Murphys off against one another. The Nutty Professor II: The Klumps lacks that same focus and the plot is all over the place as a result. At one point, it is a story about a rejuvenation formula with Shermans father, and then it is a story about Sherman and Buddy being genetically separated, then a variation on Charly (1968) about a genius reverting to idiocy. One suspects that it is the result of too many script cooks in the kitchen. In no longer focusing on the two characters and the situations deriving from them, the humour lacks a target.
The film also ends up descending to some of the most amazingly vulgar humour ever seen in a PG-rated film, the clear influence of the American Pie (1999) duo of brothers Paul and Chris Weitz on the script. There are numerous fart jokes (even a fart joke parody of Star Wars (1977) Son, remember the force within) and one sequence that astounds in its crassness where Sherman inadvertently produces a giant hamster that promptly repels a security guard by shitting giant turds and then proceeds to anally rape the character of the slimy dean played by Larry Miller. It is a mind-boggling sequence to find in a film opens to general audiences.
The Nutty Professor II: The Klumps is inevitably a lesser sequel. The places where it does work are all the places that the original did whenever Eddie Murphy gets a chance to play multiple roles. And that thankfully is almost the entirety of the film.
Director Peter Segal specialises in mainstream comedy, having also made the likes of Anger Management (2003), 50 First Dates (2004), The Longest Yard (2005), Get Smart (2008) and Grudge Match (2013), as well as a long-planned film version of the comic-book superhero Shazam/Captain Marvel. The script is also one of the early works from brothers Paul and Chris Weitz, better known as the duo behind American Pie (1999) and Chris the solo director of The Golden Compass (2007) and New Moon (2009).