The Absent-Minded Professor
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One of Disney's most entertaining forays into live-action, this hit family comedy stars Fred MacMurray as a college professor so forgetful that he missed his own wedding twice. He creates an extremely resilient flying rubber, dubbed "Flubber," and manages to make his old Model-T bounce all the way to Washington, DC, where it is mistaken for a UFO, as well as helping the college basketball team win the big game with Flubber-powered sneakers. MacMurray is a lot of fun in the title role, ably supported by a cast including Tommy Kirk, Keenan Wynn and Leon Ames, although the central… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Flubber provides fuel for a very funny piece of hyperbolic humor in the grand American tradition of Paul Bunyan, and Director Robert Stevenson and Scriptwriter Bill Walsh get plenty of bounce out of every ounce."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"This is a zanily inventive piece of work, with delightful special effects, which set the style for a long series of live-action Disney films."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"One of Disney's milestone live-action films."
‑ James Plath,
"Classic Disney, classic MacMurry."
‑ Kevin A. Ranson,
"Disney life-action for the simple-minded."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
"MacMurray is ideally cast as the car-hopping prof, and plays the role with warmth and gusto."
‑ , Variety
"Disney produces a goofy lightweight Mack Sennett-like family comedy fantasy film that's joyfully directed by Robert Stevenson."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Tepid live action Disney."
‑ Jake Euker, F5 (Wichita, KS)
‑ Moira Sullivan,
"Dated and silly, but still good family fun."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"Family entertainment at its best."
‑ Scott G. Mignola, Common Sense Media
"This Disney family film, inexplicably made in black-and-white, was nominated for three Oscars (cinematography, art direction, and visual effects), but won none, though it was popular at the box-office."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Goofy comedy classic."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"Enjoyable Disney effects comedy with good cast."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"The original's simple humor looks remarkably tired compared with the story's energetic and much more inventive remake."
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
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