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"Lewis constructed one of his sturdiest scripts in The Nutty Professor, and he wasted scarcely a minute of it." – The Dissolve

Julius Kelp is a nerdy, klutzy, unpopular chemistry professor who is bullied by everyone – even his students. Determined to change his life, Kelp invents a potion that transforms him into suave, handsome ladies' man Buddy Love. But the potion is unpredictable: its effect is temporary, and Love finds he could turn back into the geeky Kelp at the worst possible moments!

Jerry Lewis first had the idea for a funny take on Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde when he read the book at age 12, and the notion endured – as has his film: considered by fans and critics alike to be one of the master's greatest works, The Nutty Professor remains a beloved, immensely influential, classic of cinematic comedy, though the opportunity to see it in all its 35mm glory comes along all too rarely.

"Anybody that is not a fan of Jerry Lewis has no taste ... Half of what you see in modern goofball comedy today comes from The Nutty Professor." – Edward Norton

Please note: the Saturday 30 July session will now screen in ACMI 1.


The Saturday 30 July session will feature an introduction from Lochie Graham, the inspiration for Jerry's House


Print courtesy of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

D Jerry Lewis P Ernest D. Glucksman S Jerry Lewis, Bill Richmond PS Academy Film Archive TD 35mm/1963


Code Date Session Venue Wishlist
4111 30 Jul 2016
4:00 pm
Past event
4851 13 Aug 2016
1:30 pm
Past event

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