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Flubber (1997)


8/10: Not As Good as "The Absent Minded Professor" But Pretty Funny
Thursday, August 6, 2009

Tastes and times have changed drastically since 1961 when Fred MacMurray originally introduced the super-elastic stuff called 'flubber' to film audiences in Walt Disney's "The Absent Minded Professor." In the high-tech, 1990's Disney remake "Flubber" reinvents itself as an animated, gooey-green, silly putty blob of flying rubber that talks and dances. Actually, flubber resembles a combination of the Pillsbury Doughboy crossed with the shape-shifting water creature in James Cameron's 1989 fantasy thriller "The Abyss." Inventive, excessive, but tolerably entertaining, director Les Mayfield's remake of "The Absent Minded Professor" will captivate both young and absent-minded audiences. Happily, "Flubber" succeeds as a resilient special effects laden tour-de-farce. Sadly, the remake lacks the wit, warmth, subtlety, and comedic irony that distinguished its black & white predecessor. The spectacular morphing effects of George Lucas' Industrial Light & Magic Company and the visual wizardry of Peter Crosman, Tom Bertino, and Douglas Hans Smith cannot offset the...

5/10: This remake is not really good. This flub of a movie will not bounce back. It's pretty weak
Thursday, June 14, 2018

Based off the short story "A Situation of Gravity" by Samuel W. Taylor, 'Flubber' tells the story of Professor Phillip Brainard (Robin Williams) on his search for an energy based scientific breakthrough, in order to save his college from closing; while fending off, rivals trying to steal his research for themselves. Without spoiling the movie, too much, I can't believe, this live-action, Walt Disney film was written by fame screenwriter, John Hughes. This is not a good use of renewable resources for him. The reason, why, is because the original 1961's film, 'The Absent Minded Professor', in which, this remake was based off, has not aged well since then. While, the concept written by Bill Walsh was fine at the time. It's not really revisiting; unless they put a new spin with it, like Universal Pictures did with their 'Nutty Professor' franchise (1963 & 1996 movies of the same name). However, since the remake directed by Les...

6/10: It's a Live-Action Cartoon
Friday, May 8, 2020

Flubber follows a scatty-brained college professor and inventor, played by Robin Williams, who is on the brink of a world-changing breakthrough. Much to the annoyance of his fiancée, he misses their third (THIRD!) failed wedding attempt to finally unlock the last piece of the puzzle, and creating a green, rubbery substance with near limitless bounciness as a result. The rest of the movie follows this professor as he explores the possibilities of this substance, tries to sell it off to keep their financially failing college afloat, and tries to win his wife-to-be back from a rival scientist. All of this involves rigging a college basketball game, making a flying car, and fighting off greedy businessmen.As plots go, Flubber is pretty diabolical. Nothing in this movie seems to make sense. This dude slaves away to make this magical substance that'll change the world, when he already seems to have mastered robotics even beyond today's...

1/10: Liked it when I was a kid. Not so much now
Tuesday, July 29, 2014

As a boy, I was always impressed and amused by the movies that I saw. Some of them bring back memories of me watching whatever kids movie that made me excited. But as time goes on, those memories are still embedded in my memory bank. And sometimes, an fellow movie-goer can sometimes get teary-eyed by going down memory lane. Some of those movies do hold up well. Some of them, well.... get lost in my mind.Take Flubber, for example. Flubber is the kind of movie that I enjoyed as a young boy. But, I've grown up over the years and to tell you the truth, it doesn't hold up for me. The story was originally from the 1961 comedy film, "The Absent-Minded Professor". In that film, Fred MacMurray played the lead character. MacMurray's character was a complete nut case who invents a new and improved substance that can bounces off the floor due...

5/10: Still somewhat enjoyable as a kids movie but it had more potential really
Saturday, April 29, 2006

This movie really feels like a wasted opportunity. With so many talent involved, how could this movie turn out to be so disappointing? It probably is due to the messy script that uses too many plot lines that never get fully developed or that work out completely the way as they were suppose to. You can say that the movie feels incomplete. I don't know, were they in a hurry or something to complete this movie? I have a feeling that a month or two more work on the movie- and perhaps its script, would had made this movie a better one.It's still somewhat decent entertainment for the kids. The characters should be enjoyable for them and some of the comical situations are good enough to make them laugh.Robin Williams is always fun to watch in a comedy but however in this case it feels like he's holding back to not completely play a nutty...

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