Flubber (1997)

flubberDirector: Les Mayfield

Writer: John Hughes, Bill Walsh (Screenplay) Samuel W Taylor (Short Story)

Starring: Robin Williams, Marcia Gay Harden, Christopher McDonald, Ted Levine, Clancy Brown, Raymond J Barry, Wil Wheaton, Edie McClurg


Plot: An absent-minded professor discovers “flubber,” a rubber-like super-bouncy substance.


There may be spoilers the rest of the review


Verdict: Just bad


Story: Flubber starts as we meet forgetful genius Professor Philip Brainard (Williams) who has been working towards finding a more reliable energy source but while working on that he keeps forgetting his own wedding to Dr Sara Reynolds (Harden) and on his actually wedding day he makes the biggest discovery of his career with a flubber like material.

When Philip misses the latest attempt to get married he uses the flubber to try and impress Sara who has warned him that was his last time, he has to go against his former rival Wilson Croft (McDonald) as well as dealing with a rich father and his goons.

Flubber is a film I remember from my youth being something I enjoyed as a kid but re-watching it now I found myself think what is this? We get terrible cheap comedy which never really hits with a lot of the goon comedy feeling like it was just stolen from Home Alone. Williams does what he can with his quick delivery but even he looks like he is struggling to make this work. The story is simple and while it flows past quickly you never really get invested in the characters. This is one I can only see young children enjoying.


Overall: Not worth the time really





3 comments on “Flubber (1997)

  1. I used to love the hell out of this movie when I was a kid. I have the VHS and watched it all the time. But yeah, looking back on it, it’s just not a very good movie. A lot of the humor is very silly and there’s a lot of humorless filler (like the Flubber dancing scene. That just seemed like an animation test) and the ‘romance’ between Weebo and Phillip is kinda creepy. Plus, the ‘scientist has a really amazing invention and some clearly evil jackass and his goons try to take it (bonus: evil guy is romantically involved with protagonist’s love interest)’ has been done to to death. I think I’d still enjoy watching it today purely because nostalgia, but it’s a lot worse than I remember it being. Do I even need to mention the scene where he swallows the Flubber and….well, I don’t think I have to say anything else.

    • I pretty sure i am the same as you looking back it felt fun but now i have seen and understand how important of an actor Robin Williams was, this really was a weak link from him

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