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Flubber (1997)

Flubber (1997)




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Movie Info

Remake of “The Absent-Minded Professor” finds Robin Williams concocting a physics-defying substance that may save his failing college. Uneven but good natured.more
Rating: PG (For slapstic action and violence)
Genre: Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Bill Walsh, Bill Walsh, John Hughes
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 16, 1998


Robin Williams
as Prof. Philip Brainar...
Marcia Gay Harden
as Sara Jean Reynolds
Raymond J. Barry
as Chester Hoenicker
Ted Levine
as Wesson
Wil Wheaton
as Bennett Hoenicker
Edie McClurg
as Martha George
Benjamin Brock
as Window Boy
Zack Zeigler
as Teenage Boy
Samuel Lloyd
as Willy Barker
Bob Sarlatte
as Rutland Coach
Bob Greene
as Referee
Tom Barlow
as Medfield Basketball ...
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Critic Reviews for Flubber

All Critics (49) | Top Critics (13)

Manage[s] to squeeze the very bounce out of what should have been a can't-miss update.

January 1, 2000
USA Today
Top Critic

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 18, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

Many kids will enjoy this silly movie.

Full Review… | January 1, 2011
Common Sense Media

The new version is a total dud.

Full Review… | April 7, 2008
Houston Community Newspapers

Audience Reviews for Flubber


In this effects heavy remake of "The Absent-Minded Professor", we get the tale of an absent-minded college professor who has a 'happy' accident that results in the creation of a translucent green blob-like substance he comes to call flubber (flying rubber).

From there, hijinx ensue, as the prof. can't remember how he created the formula, nor can he remember that he is to marry the president of the failing college he works at. On top of that he also has an arch rival and his cronies to deal with, as well as the flubber itself, which pretty much has a mind of its own.

The film really offers nothing new except for some special effects based spectacle. This is kinda cool, but even this isn't all that groundbreaking. There's lots of wacky slapstick based humor, but your opinion of this brand of laugh generator will determine how much of the jokes here are hit and miss. I honestly don't remember much from this movie, but I recall growing tired of the slapstick (and Williams's typical shtick) rather fast.

The film does try, but not really as hard as it could have, Ultimately this is a rather 'meh' affair, but if you're bored, you might get some amount of enjoyment out of it.

Chris Weber

Super Reviewer


An idiotic remake of a fun kids movie from the 60s. Sure Williams tries to make this movie fun too, but overall it's too stupid and ridiculous even for kids.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

A funny feel good family film!

Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer

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