If you can tear the kids away from the computer-generated flash of Flubber, the inferior 1997 remake, The Absent Minded Professor provides ample amounts of Disney slapstick for an afternoon of laughs. The film reunited much of the same team that made The Shaggy Dog a success two years earlier, including Fred MacMurray, exuding his warm, bumbling charm, and writer Bill Walsh. Keenan Wynn appears as an appropriately nasty villain. The story is classic Disney: Right and wrong are clearly defined, and there are plenty of down-home American values. Also like most Disney fare of the era, the material is aimed squarely at children, and there isn't much to engage their older chaperones.
by Matthew Doberman review