The Man With Two Brains

Played by Steve Martin with the mixture of flat cynicism and crazed childishness which makes him a near successor to Jerry Lewis, brilliant brain surgeon Dr Hfuhruhurr falls foul of a wicked husband-collector (Turner), while still carrying on an affair with the talking brain of his dead wife, conveniently stored in a jar of purple fluid. Also in there somewhere are the crazed 'elevator' killer who turns out to be a very famous American TV chat-show host, the even more crazed Dr Necessiter (Warner, on his usual bonkers form transferring human brains into gorillas), and a condo apartment with an interior as large as Frankenstein's castle. It's a patchy affair, often hilarious, often thin, but it does contain a bewildering array of underwear adorning Ms Turner which would make a corpse sit up and steam. And any movie which contains the line 'Into the mud, scum-queen' is surely not totally devoid of cultural merit. CPea.

Release details

Duration: 93 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Carl Reiner
Screenwriter: George Gipe, Steve Martin, Carl Reiner
Cast: Gerge Furth
Paul Benedict
Steve Martin
David Warner
Richard Brestoff
James Cromwell
Kathleen Turner
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wordsfromthebox.com

A suprisingly overlooked comedy from Martin's early period, The Man With Two Brains is ultimately not nearly as wacky as threatened by its promotional material. Though the film misses when it attempts Airplane! style parody, it hits with some well-written gags and solid performances from Martin, the wonderful Kathleen Turner, David Warner and a vulnerable vocal turn by Sissy Spacek as the brain. A note on the Time Out review - the doctor is indeed mourning his dead wife, but the brain in the jar belongs to a stranger, a miss Anne Uumelmahaye.

wordsfromthebox.com

A suprisingly overlooked comedy from Martin's early period, The Man With Two Brains is ultimately not nearly as wacky as threatened by its promotional material. Though the film misses when it attempts Airplane! style parody, it hits with some well-written gags and solid performances from Martin, the wonderful Kathleen Turner, David Warner and a vulnerable vocal turn by Sissy Spacek as the brain. A note on the Time Out review - the doctor is indeed mourning his dead wife, but the brain in the jar belongs to a stranger, a miss Anne Uumelmahaye.