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Movie Review: Nutty Professor II: The Klumps

The other weekend I was visiting my family and flipping through the local South Jersey newspaper which included Roger Ebert’s review of NUTTY PROFESSOR II: THE KLUMPS. Normally I avoid reading movie reviews, mostly because for the most part I think they’re moronic and a waste of time. However, I also tend to avoid newspapers because I think they’re even more moronic and a bigger waste of time. Since I wasn’t too keen on reading anything else in the paper, I settled for the review.

Ebert called the movie “brilliant”. Sometimes that dude gets a little carried away and I knew there was no way the film could be as he described it. But Ebert, to his credit, is actually a good writer and the way he waxed poetic about THE KLUMPS intrigued me. Regardless if the movie was “brilliant” or not, I was still interested in what Ebert would call “brilliant”.

So, I did end up seeing it and it turned out that it was an ok flick. While Eddie Murphy’s acting in the film might possibly be classified as “brilliant” the overall movie is far from it.

If you haven’t heard by now, in this movie Eddie Murphy plays all five members of the main character’s family, plus the evil Buddy Love persona. The only time Murphy wasn’t believable was when he was playing Buddy, I suppose because Buddy wasn’t a real human being and Murphy didn’t treat him as such.

But Murphy does an excellent job making each character he plays a unique human being. Watching the film you forget he’s the same person in different roles. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of George W. Bush and Al Gore, in that each basically holds the same political ideas just one wears a Republican rubber mask and the other a Democrat one.

There is a friend of mine who in response to my little political essays here in these reviews will tell me, “Politics? Yuck. Who cares?” While there is one person who actually says this to me, I am sure there are others who think the same thing but keep their opinions to themselves to spare my feelings (as if I had any to spare).

About two weeks ago, too, I received an email essay from a guy I have no qualms whatsoever about calling brilliant: political commentator and humorist Michael Moore. The title of this essay was called “Bush and Gore Make Me Wanna Ralph”. I’m on Mike’s generic email notification list and this particular one he addressed to all the non-voters of America, those “of you in the voting public who are so disillusioned with politics and politicians, so sick and tired of all the broken promises, so disgusted with all the b.s. that you have absolutely no intention of voting in November.”

Mike’s intentions are all well and good, but he missed a segment of the population in his address. Mike assumes that people who don’t vote do it out of disillusionment. However, there is also a large number of people in the non-voting public who don’t and have never cared. They know that whoever gets elected President in November is not going to have any significant impact on their lives. A good example being my friend I mentioned above. Let’s call him Carl. (And I swear to God that Carl is a real person I have spoken to, I’m just using a different name for him.)

I’m pretty sure Carl doesn’t own a gun. I don’t think anybody in his family has ever been killed by a handgun. He’s not gay. He’s not an outdoors-y person, so he doesn’t care about parks or anything environment related like that. Abortion isn’t a concern for him. He’s white. He’s not poor. He’s not from another country. I’m not sure if he’s ever been to another country. He’s not an illegal immigrant. He doesn’t employ any illegal immigrants. He’s not in a union. He’s not dying or seriously ill. His parents are still relatively young. He doesn’t have any kids. Carl is just a well-off, married, child-less college-educated professional. Actually, Carl could almost be me, except for the married part.

So, I’m pretty confident that my life is not going to change very much if either Bush or Gore gets elected. I could go the “eeney-meeney-miney-moe” route in the voting machine on November 7th and it wouldn’t really have any effect on my day-to-day life. I could even probably go in and vote for the person I absolutely don’t want to win and my life wouldn’t change very much. But I know there’s more to the world than just me.

And that’s why I’m voting for Ralph Nader. I can’t support either Bush or Gore. Bush, a pro-life and death penalty advocate, wants to privatize and deregulate everything: Our jails, our national parks, our Social Security. Yeah, look how well the deregulation of the media of the Telecommunications Act of ’96 worked out for us. This was supposed to decrease everybody’s cable bills, but now they’re higher than ever while a handful of rich guys decide what you can and cannot see on TV and listen to on the radio.

And Gore, Mr. Pro Environment and Human Rights: as long as it doesn’t interfere with his family’s involvement in the oil and tobacco industries. Plus, as we shouldn’t forget, indulged his wife with the idiocy of the PMRC Senate hearings.

I honestly can’t say if my life will change if Ralph gets elected, but I do believe he stands for the things I care about. And if elected I think he will at least bring attention to serious issues that do affect millions of people in this country and around the world.

Just because I don’t personally know one of the thousands of children in Iraq who die every day there because of sanctions against that country doesn’t mean I don’t care about them and want a President who will call attention and very likely stop this atrocity.

That’s just one example. I could go on, but I like to keep these things relatively brief. If you want to read more on this subject by someone who is a gazillion times more intelligent and well thought out than me, check out www.michaelmoore.com.

Also, if you want to find out more about Ralph Nader’s Presidential campaign, check out: www.votenader.org.