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Nutty Professor II: The Klumps (2000), (PG-13)
CAP Score: 53
CAP Influence Density: 1.44
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SUMMARY / COMMENTARY:
Nutty Professor II: The Klumps (PG-13) -- Vulgar artistic genius
Eddie Murphy's performing arts genius is delivered throughout, and so is vulgarity. More on the latter later.
Eddie Murphy played eight separate characters with eight distinct personalities and each of broad features--in every sense of the word. Six of them with similar traits one would expect of members of the same family but two with completely different personalities and each of the eight with unique vocal attributes and physical mannerisms. Murphy is truly a genius to be able to accomplish such a feat: a feat noteworthy not only because of the uniqueness of each but for his maintaining consistency of character uniqueness over the months of shooting the film.
Professor Sherman Klump, world-class (rather, world-sized) scientist discovers a youth serum that works, at least temporarily. Initial testing on a dog reverse aged him to two years old. But, moments later the pooch reverted to his former and true age. But what a discovery! While all this was going on, Professor Klump discovers a defective gene in his genetic makeup--a gene that makes him blurt out derogatory and insulting comments (nearly all of them vulgar). Supremely embarrassed, the inhibited and polite Dr. Klump decides to remove that mean gene. Though successful, the good doctor sacrifices his intelligence since the gene that made him have the rude flashes also served to provide his gigantic intellect. Slowly, Professor Klump becomes ... unintelligent.
Now Professor Klump's alter ego is personified. The mass of goop that resulted from the gene extraction is spilled on the floor, is zapped with electricity, is contaminated with a dog hair, and spawns Buddy Love--the rude gene from Dr. Klump. I seem to remember a Jerry Lewis movie with the same idea of an alter ego coming out, just not in a separate body. I even seem to remember the name of Lewis' alter ego was also Buddy Love or at least Buddy. But I could be and probably am wrong.
With Buddy Love out of Klump and on the loose, Klump is free to pursue his dream of marriage with Denise Gaines (Janet Jackson), just about the only part that was not played by Murphy. Now there would be a real feat. Murphy playing Jackson!? I have not seen a movie with Janet Jackson before and I am impressed. Not only was Jackson as beautiful as ever, she exhibited talent and skill. More than once she delivered a warm and touching performance and was more than just an opposite to Murphy. Her tears were of vital importance to the script, but since I've already spilled too much of the plot, I won't tell you how here tears are so important to the plot. I suspect we'll see more of Janet on the big screen after this.
There is much more to this flippant romp into science fiction romance, but it is all stained with vulgarity--lots of it. Some of them include wild exaggeration of Klump becoming excited while kissing with Murphy's head popping out of Klump's fly. A few moments later Murphy's feet and legs appear from Klump's posterior, Murphy's head remaining enclosed momentarily before extrication from Klump's bowels was complete, making an obvious "statement" which I am certain our adversaries will try apply to me after reading this. A giant male hamster raped Dean Richmond (Larry Miller) who later expressed interest in continuing the relationship with the hamster--and so did the hamster. Many, many vulgar and other sexual comments and innuendo spewed from the speakers. I will not describe any of them. There were sounds of intercourse, animal copulation (twice), a male stripper, and Granny Klump performed oral favors on Murphy underwater and stripped for him to seduce him. All gender-specific nudity was skillfully avoided, but the power of suggestion combined with the vulgarity of dialogue make such masking almost useless. And Granny's female immensity was deliberately not escapable, either. While the most foul of the foul words was not noted even once, slack was taken up to the breaking point with at least 67 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary [Col. 3:8] and God's name in vain both with and without the four letter expletive [Deut. 5:11].
Language and sexual programming were the two most invasive and corruptive properties in this movie. Please, fellow believers, know that to present such programming to children is clearly against the admonitions of our Lord which require that we who cause or teach our children to sin would be better off if a millstone were tied about our necks then we cast into the sea [Luke 17:2]. And I have yet to find a behavior which is sinful for children but is not also sinful for adults (note that "legal" is not part of that point). While vulgar and otherwise offensive language seems to be becoming more and more popular (likely because of movies like this one), filthy communication is still sinful [Col. 3:8]. And many will try to tell you these matters are not sinful [1 Tim. 4:1], but they who tell you this do not have the authority, indeed no one has the authority, to negate what God has decreed. And those who deny the enticements of they who would have us believe otherwise will find favor in His eyes [Prov. 14:9].
Finally, dear brothers and sisters, the words of our Lord are not slight and are not up for debate as many who situationally redefine, conditionally apply and conveniently rationalize Scripture to suit contemporary morals and ethics would have you believe. It is with some reluctance but no shame that I share with you His words and admonitions. Indeed, it is because of His love for me that I love you and wish for you to have many rewards in Heaven and to be a beacon for His Truth. And for the ones who have yet to make the decision to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior, I love you, too and wish for you to have eternal peace and joy in the House of the Lord.
John 14:23-24 Jesus replied, "If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. He who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me..."
Col. 3:8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.
FINDINGS / SCORING:
NOTE: Multiple occurrences of each item described below may be likely.
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