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The Iconic Eddie Murphy Comedy Classic That's Killing It On Netflix

If you're hot off the "Coming 2 America" hype and wanting to stick with Eddie Murphy's brand of comedy, look no further than the newest Murphy addition to Netflix: 1996's "The Nutty Professor."

The science-fiction flick is a remake of 1963's "The Nutty Professor," which was itself parodying the classic story "Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde." It's a slapstick comedy about obese science professor Sherman Klump (Murphy), whose experiment to turn himself thinner works miraculously, but only temporarily. In his effort to win over the woman of his affections (Jada Pinkett), he transforms into a much slimmer alter-ego called Buddy Love (also Murphy), whose personality is changed for the worse by the hormones in the weight loss serum. Murphy plays seven characters in total, most of which are Professor Klump's other family members, and all of whom steal the show.

It's one of Murphy's most successful movies of all time, and it featured "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective" director Tom Shadyac in the director's chair. Now, along with its sequel, "The Nutty Professor II: The Klumps," audiences are rediscovering the comedy classic on Netflix.

Murphy shines with his crude humor and fantastic makeup

This is not the only time Eddie Murphy has played several characters in one comedy — "Coming 2 America" saw him in four different roles — but this is among the best: Murphy's antics as a whole family is the highlight of the movie for many viewers.

In a positive review of "The Nutty Professor," IMDb user ccthemovieman-1 wrote, "[Murphy is] at his best when he's at the dinner table playing everyone but the kid. That is one of the funniest scenes I remember from any 1990s comedy." They added that the crude humor does sometimes "go over the line of 'good taste,'" and is perhaps too raunchy for children, but that it offers up plenty of laughs. In addition to the humor, people celebrate the special effects and makeup, the latter of which won it an Academy Award.

For anyone wary about jokes at the expense of overweight people, IMDb user zetes, who describes themself as a "fat person," wrote, "I found it to be one of the most sympathetic portrayals of fat people ever put on film." Still, it's the sense of humor that will make or break this movie for viewers, as some won't like the potentially offensive jokes while others will find themselves rolling in laughter.