Flubber

1997, Comedy/Kids & family, 1h 33m

34 Reviews 250,000+ Ratings

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With its overactive focus on special effects and tiresome slapstick, Flubber squanders the immense talent of its cast and crew. Read critic reviews

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Professor Philip Brainard (Robin Williams) is experimenting with new kinds of energy, and he thinks this project will save struggling Medfield College, where his girlfriend, Sara (Marcia Gay Harden), is president. But when he discovers a lively, rubber-like substance dubbed "flubber," he gets so excited, he absent-mindedly misses his own wedding. Sara dumps him, so he tries to use his discovery to win her back; unfortunately, the mischievous flubber seems to have a mind of its own.

Cast & Crew

Robin Williams
Professor Philip Brainard
Marcia Gay Harden
Dr. Sara Jean Reynolds
Raymond J. Barry
Chester Hoenicker
Wil Wheaton
Bennett Hoenicker
Edie McClurg
Martha George
Jodi Benson
Weebo
Voice
Julie Morrison
Weebette
Voice
David Nicksay
Executive Producer
Bill Ryan
Executive Producer
Danny Elfman
Original Music
Dean Cundey
Cinematographer
Andrew McAlpine
Production Design
James E. Tocci
Art Direction
Daniel Loren May
Set Decoration
April Ferry
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Critic Reviews for Flubber

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  • Oct 28, 2020
    I adored this movie as kid, and it started a life long love for Robin Williams. My parents told me taking me to see this film in the theaters, they had never before seen me laugh so much. Watching it now, it's mostly slapstick and general silliness, a whole lot of silliness with goofy visuals and people getting smacked around. And godamn…it still kind of makes me chuckle. Does it get me the way it did when I was a kid? No, but I still like it. Yes it's dumb, and a big part of the appeal is nostalgia, but I can't help it. It is objectively not a great film. The love interest is flawed, the writing is expositional as hell, there's lots of pointless filler, and they kill a comic relief character for no godamn reason (spoilers I guess?). But I didn't mind then (except that death), and I don't really mind now. It's a dumb silly movie that made me laugh like hell as a kid and still gives me chuckles now.
    Michael M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 20, 2020
    Flubber is another tired Robin Williams high concept vehicle. The issue Disney had at the time of this release was the reliance of comedic actors with films that didn't suit their comedic range. Flubber is a film that is clearly aimed at children but offers little to the adult audience. Robin Williams is well suited to the role and he gives the film everything and is one of the few redeeming parts of the film. The issue I had was the filmmakers reliance on slapstick and very flat villains. Disney was guilty of coasting during this period and they delivered over the top vehicles that aren't worth recommending to anyone. Flubber offers some visual interest but in the end it's a tired and little substance film. 20/07/2020
    Brendan O Super Reviewer
  • Oct 24, 2011
    I've recently watched this movie when I was a little kid at the 90s, but given the horrible reception in this film, I now hate it as a young adult. Robin William's performance, Danny Elfman's good music score and the spectacular special effects doesn't save this movie from it's unfunny humor, a totally rehashed story of a 1960s film, forgettable characters, and the late John Hughes' pathetic script. My words to you guys is: If someone has great directing skills and Disney had a chance to remake The Absent Minded Professor again, please get Steven Spielberg to did it only if you're ready to make a better script with better humor and better characters. 3.4/10
    Gavin C Super Reviewer
  • Jun 24, 2011
    A funny feel good family film!
    Bethany M Super Reviewer

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