in about 100 words or less
US 107m, Colour
Director: Jerry Lewis; Cast: Jerry Lewis, Stella Stevens, Del Moore, Kathleen Freeman
A comedic version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, this is a story about a dentally-challenged and nerdy chemistry professor who is in love with one of his students. Tired of being bullied and having no success at remaking himself at Vic Tanny’s gym, he chemically transforms himself into Buddy Love, a swinging 60s hipster with a disrespectful disposition. Having directed, co-written and starred in The Nutty Professor, this is widely touted as Lewis’ comedic masterpiece. Though perhaps self-indulgent, it also feels somewhat of a self-confessional, with Buddy Love so uncomfortably close to Jerry’s own public persona (Klaus Ming December 2014).