Flubber
Flubber
PG | 26 November 1997 (USA)
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Professor Phillip Brainard, an absent minded professor, works with his assistant Weebo, trying to create a substance that's a new source of energy and that will save Medfield College where his sweetheart Sara is the president. He has missed his wedding twice, and on the afternoon of his third wedding, Professor Brainard creates flubber, which allows objects to fly through the air.

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Megamind

To all those who have watched it: I hope you enjoyed it as much as I do.

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Staci Frederick

Blistering performances.

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Logan

By the time the dramatic fireworks start popping off, each one feels earned.

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Cristal

The movie really just wants to entertain people.

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T-man1234

Not the best of Robin Williams performances when compared to his more classic performances (Aladdin/Jumanji), but still has his moments aimed at kids where they would class it as hilarious, but adults would class it as a little funny. Serious low blow to Clancy Brown's roles in films (Smith) as he was in one of the most celebrated and beloved films of all time (Shawshank Redemption). The same goes for Will Wheaton when compared to his performance in Star Trek: The Next Generation. It has its moments of sadness but they are quite short as the film is classed as a comedy. Overall this film is easily seen as aimed towards kids as mainly all the moments are aimed at them but adults after a period of time could watch it for a nostalgia of their childhood.

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NateWatchesCoolMovies

A remake of an old black and white Disney flick called The Absent Minded Professor that has long since gotten a bit stale, Flubber took all the best elements of that and breathed new 90's life into the premise, most of the pep in its step coming from star Robin Williams. Keep in mind it was a critical bomb though, which just doesn't make a shred of sense to me. It's fun, lighthearted, hilarious and just a bit raunchy in places where it can pull it off. For whatever reason, it didn't sit well with anyone other than fans like me who will furiously shove a copy in your face if we hear that you haven't seen it. Williams is college professor Philip Brainard, who is so absent minded it borders on dementia. He leaves his lovely fiancé (Marcia Gay Harden) at the alter TWICE, prompting the advances of irksome college dean Shooter Mcgavi- I mean Christopher Mcdonald. He's on a quest, you see, an obsessive quest to find the formula for... something. That something turns up after a destructive whirlwind of disasters in his basement lab, and in the form of Flubber, a lovable ball of green goo, infected with incurable ADHD and an inexhaustible sense of humour. While the utter the life of the party, Flubber does have its practical uses, such as making cars fly and turning the hopeless varsity basketball team into a bunch of flying Tasmanian devils who nail every dunk. This all gets the attention of insidious local philanthropist and lowlife Chester Hoenicker (Raymond J. Barry) who greedily wants the discovery for his own. He sends his two goons Smith (Ted Levine) and Wesson (Clancy Brown) to rob Brainard of his precious sentient mucous, which turns into one of the most hilarious displays of slapstick comedy since the Three Stooges. Oh, did I mention Williams has a little flying UFO sidekick named Weebo, who has a perfect GIF reaction to everything, before GIF's were even a thing? So much to love about this little classic. Williams is his usual buoyant self, with some of his trademark razor focus diminished in favor of doe eyed, vacuous forgetfulness that would make Jason Bourne guilty for ever whining about his predicament. Special effects are top drawer too, Flubber would look dapper in Blu Ray if they ever felt so inclined as to release one, not to mention aforementioned airborne automobiles and dear little Weebo. Can't give enough glowing praise to this little treasure, and hiss enough venom towards those sourpuss critics who assaulted it. Flubber for the win.

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Jared Reabow

This movie , i would say is an 8/10 it is both great for the family of all ages, and great for the lone watcher.I would have to say that anyone who hates this movie, has a dislike for a character or director as there is very little to criticize it for otherwise, it has a highish budget, which means it has potential and it delivers, so ignore haters and give it a go! The general plot is a clumsy Professor created a new life form made of flubber with strange properties, I cant really say more as it would ruin the plot. However i can say that children will love the film, adults will like the film and elderly will find it amusing, which in my books is good enough reason to buy.

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TheLittleSongbird

This movie had a lot of potential. While technically impressive and very enjoyable with some genuinely funny moments, for some reason it falls short. Of course there are redeeming qualities, such as the fun music score by Danny Elfman, one of my all time favourite film composers and an amusing turn from Robin Williams. Also the special effects are greatly improved from the effects in the Absent Minded Professor, and Flubber who is so cute steals the show. The performances from Clancy Brown, Ted Levine and Marcia Gay Horden are entertaining, and Jodi Benson (who voiced Ariel in the Little Mermaid)is a delight as the voice of Weebo, whose death is absolutely heart-rending. However the story is very predictable, and offers few surprises, and the physical comedy was better than the patchy script which in places felt uninspired. That saying some of the physical comedy has strong hints of deja vu, and is rather hit and miss. Of course kids will lap it up, but adults probably won't like it as much. The second half of the movie is more meandering in quality compared to the first half, very little of interest happens and some of the situations come across as ridiculous. All in all, somewhat forgettable, but for a kids movie it is pretty entertaining. 6/10 Bethany Cox

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