The Nutty Professor is a 1996 film starring Eddie Murphy. It is a remake of the 1963 film The Nutty Professor starring Jerry Lewis.
Murphy plays nice university professor Sherman Klump who suffers from severe obesity. He invents a miracle weight loss potion and, hoping to win the girl of his dreams, tries it on himself. Social situations demand that he call himself by a different name while he is using the potion, and his slim self becomes an independent personality. Like the original film's Julius Kelp, Klump's trim and stylish, but arrogant, alter ego is also named Buddy Love. Murphy plays a total of seven characters in the film, including Sherman, most of Sherman's family (except for Sherman's nephew, Ernie Klump Jr.) and an over-the-top parody of Richard Simmons.
The film co-stars Jada Pinkett Smith, John Ales, James Coburn, Larry Miller and Dave Chappelle. Singer Montell Jordan has a cameo role as himself.
Its sequel, Nutty Professor II: The Klumps, was released in 2000.