CINEMA: THE FUNNY PROFESSOR

EDDIE MURPHY BOUNCES BACK IN A SMART REMAKE

Once upon a time, a 153-lb. chemistry teacher named Julius Kelp wanted to grow big and strong, or anyway be smooth and cool--sort of like Frank Sinatra on a bad ego day--and in his lab he concocted a formula that permitted him to realize that dubious dream. Thus was The Nutty Professor, central work in the Jerry Lewis oeuvre, born.

Once upon a more recent time, a 400-lb. biochemist named Sherman Klump confronted the opposite problem. He wanted to shrink and have sculpted pecs, or anyway be hot and hip--sort of like, well, Eddie Murphy on speed--and after a little genetic...

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