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Still shot from the movie: The Absent-minded Professor.

The Absent-minded Professor

An absentminded professor forgets his own wedding while working on a scientific breakthrough. Although his invention doesn't seem to be enough to gain forgiveness from his fiancee, it has the US military, the hometown basketball team, and a local wheeler-dealer bouncing with excitement in this 1961 comedic tale. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: B
Violence: B
Sexual Content: A-
Language: A
Drugs/Alcohol: A
Run Time: 96
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MPAA Rating: G
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

What uses could you think of for a substance like Flubber? Who would you try to sell it to? What common place inventions do we live with today that would have seemed incredible in 1961, when this movie was made? Do you think we will ever have a car that flies?

The Absent-minded Professor was originally shot in black and white, but the film was later colorized. What do you think of the amazing modern technology that makes this process possible? If nothing else, this fad promoted by broadcast mogul Ted Turner in the late 1980’s led to a high amount of controversy. To read more check this link:

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