How could a movie that looked to be so fun be so damned dark and ugly? Eddie Murphy reprises his roles as the mild-mannered professor, Sherman, and his farting family, the Klumps. It’s criminal how his great efforts are wasted. Murphy is incredible here and so are the effects that blend all his characters together (we are treated to the visual of Murphy as Sherman’s alter ego Buddy Love tongue-kissing himself as Granny Klump). Director Peter Segal allowed this one to die in the editing room, and the resulting film is a sloppy, stupid mess. The makeup is wonderful, and Murphy is fantastic, but the script is ultimately a dud, and the laughs are few and far between due to the director’s lack of comic timing. It’s a big disappointment to see Murphy’s great work surrounded by garbage.