The Nutty Professor Reviews
The most interesting point in the essay is that, okay, it's obvious that Buddy Love is making fun of Dino and the Rat Pack, but isn't it interesting/creepy that he's also a lot like sanctimonious telethon latter Lewis?
Peary stresses that Lewis's comedy was experimental; sometimes producing duds and embarrassment for fans. I think in that light, it's more enjoyable.
the man certainly had a knack for slapstick and the wacky
he takes the Jekyll-and-Hyde approach starring as a geeky, low-life professor whom is often shunned by everyone despite his high level of intelligence
to make things better for his social standing he reads up on the chemistry of the human body and makes a potion to alter himself
by day he is a mere teacher but by night he moonlights as the swagful, dynamite Buddy Love
it's got the comedy angle to it and I did end up giggling a few times
Lewis loves playing around with the dual personality
it's not without of course a moral lesson about being yourself and having that be enough
what is the real man buried beneath it all, the one everyone steps on or the one that has real intelligence aside from good looks?
if you want to have some laughs mixed with pure goofyness then skip the Eddie Murphy remake and stick to Jerry Lewis' genius take