The Man With Two Brains

1983, Movie, R, 93 mins


Following their triumphant parody of film noir, DEAD MEN DON'T WEAR PLAID (1982), comedian Steve Martin and director Carl Reiner took on the mad-scientist films of the 1940s, with hilarious results. Dr. Michael Hfuhruhurr (Martin), a famed neurosurgeon, travels to Vienna with his beautiful-but-frigid wife, Dolores (deliciously vixenish Kathleen Turner), in an attempt to revive their romance. There he meets fellow scientist Dr. Alfred Necessiter (David Warner), who has devised a method to keep disembodied brains alive. Hfuhruhurr begins to communicate telepathically with a brain in a jar; the brain is that of a sweet, sympathetic woman (the voice of Sissy Spacek) with whom he falls hopelessly in love. Desperate to consummate his love, Hfuhruhurr decides to plant the brain in the body of a beautiful woman--but where to find a fresh corpse? Enter the dreaded Elevator Killer.

Carl Reiner, once known chiefly as Mel Brooks' second banana, has stepped in to fill a gap that opened when the formerly able Brooks lost his comic touch. THE MAN WITH TWO BRAINS, which never ceases to amuse, is at its best when most outrageous--as when Hfuhruhurr and his beloved brain enjoy their first kiss (he applies a pair of wax lips to the jar), or when Martin mimes the effects of prolonged sexual abstinence--and wait till you find out who the Elevator Killer is! leave a comment

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