Critic Consensus: With its overactive focus on special effects and tiresome slapstick, Flubber squanders the immense talent of its cast and crew.
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as Prof. Philip Brainard
as Sara Jean Reynolds
as Wilson Croft
as Chester Hoenicker
as Bennett Hoenicker
as Martha George
as Dale Jepner
as Window Boy
as Teenage Boy
as Willy Barker
as Rutland Coach
as Medfield Basketball Player
Critic Reviews for Flubber
A cute, well-meaning, but ultimately disappointing movie. Williams, an enormously busy actor these days, seems tired here--and so does a lot of the slapstick.
Robin Williams is given no room to stretch. He's stuck mooning over a romance that will bore youngsters.
How absent-minded do you have to be before they call in the doctors to begin clinical testing?
Disney's remake of 1961's The Absent-Minded Professor is a graceless, lifeless, slapstick jamboree.
...a particularly ineffective Disney reboot that wastes the talent of its cast and crew.
Audience Reviews for Flubber
In this effects heavy remake of "The Absent-Minded Professor", we get the tale of an absent-minded college professor who has a 'happy' accident that results in the creation of a translucent green blob-like substance he comes to call flubber (flying rubber). From there, hijinx ensue, as the prof. can't remember how he created the formula, nor can he remember that he is to marry the president of the failing college he works at. On top of that he also has an arch rival and his cronies to deal with, as well as the flubber itself, which pretty much has a mind of its own. The film really offers nothing new except for some special effects based spectacle. This is kinda cool, but even this isn't all that groundbreaking. There's lots of wacky slapstick based humor, but your opinion of this brand of laugh generator will determine how much of the jokes here are hit and miss. I honestly don't remember much from this movie, but I recall growing tired of the slapstick (and Williams's typical shtick) rather fast. The film does try, but not really as hard as it could have, Ultimately this is a rather 'meh' affair, but if you're bored, you might get some amount of enjoyment out of it.
An idiotic remake of a fun kids movie from the 60s. Sure Williams tries to make this movie fun too, but overall it's too stupid and ridiculous even for kids.
A funny feel good family film!