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Steven Isaac

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Based on the 1961 Disney classic, The Absent-Minded Professor, this film centers on the life of Professor Phillip Brainard, an absent minded professor, who works with his assistant, Weebo (a flying/hovering computerized, Short Circuit-esque contraption), trying to create a substance that’s a new source of energy and that will save the college he teaches at (and his sweetheart, Sara, is the president. He forgets to go to his own wedding three times—on the third miss, he creates “Flubber,” a substance that has an energetic chemical nature that allows it to be used as a propulsion device.

Positive Elements: The professor learns that he needs to spend more time paying attention to the people he loves rather than all his projects and experiments. Sarah learns that she needs to learn how to love the professor for who he is, not who she wants him to become. The moral of the story is that “love is more than science.” Even though the Professor uses Flubber to “fix” a basketball game, it is recognized at one point as cheating. Sexual Content: In one scene, the Professor wanders into and begins teaching in the wrong classroom. It happens to be an art class in which there is a male and female nude model posing for portraits. The camera does not linger overly much and no sexual organs are shown. They both have cloth over their laps, and the woman has her arms placed over her breasts. Still, it seems unnecessary for the context of the film.

Violent Content: Cartoon violence throughout. Ball bouncing off of heads, people flying through the air, etc. There are a couple of fistfights, but nothing graphic is shown.

Crude or Profane Language: The words “heck,” screwed up” and “darn” are used once each. Playful fun is made of an overweight woman’s “butt.”

Other Negative Elements: In once scene a blob of Flubber enters a man’s mouth, and eventually comes out his rear, tearing a hole in his pants.

Summary: The unrealistic nature of the action scenes tones down what violent content that does exist in Flubber. A flimsy plot, but a warm “touchy-feely” film that doesn’t teach a whole lot, but does impart a few pearls of wisdom.

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