The Man With Two Brains

I like Steve Martin. I really do. He is one of my favorite comedic actors. But this movie has to be the weirdest that I've ever seen!

It stars Martin as Dr. Michael Hfuhruhurr (weird name, huh?), the inventor of zip lock, screw top, brain surgery. Besides not having much of a life and being very rich, he has one other thing that gnaws at him, the death of his wife, whom he loved very much.

Then, one day, Kathleen Turner, who plays gorgeous blonde Delores Benedict, runs in front of his car. Michael takes her into surgery, and falls in love with her while poking at her brain. When she recovers, he marries her. But the truth of the "mater" is, she is really a money-grabbing woman who pleads headaches whenever he is in the mood. But, that doesn't stop her from having trysts with other men.

On a trip to Vienna, he finally divorces Delores and makes a trip to the laboratory of his rival, Dr. Necessiter (David Warner). There, an unusual thing happens, a woman's brain telepathically communicates with him. Numerous visits solidifies his love with... the brain?!? He then becomes obsessed with finding the right body to match his lady love's brain.

Meanwhile, the Elevator Killer is on the loose in Vienna and he just happens to be... Merv Griffin?

Yes, it's Merv Griffin, and he just happens to kill Michael's ex-wife, Delores, with a syringe full of window cleaner inside of the hotel Michael is staying at. Michael sees Delores's body inside the elevator. He takes it for immediate transplantation of the brain.

After that, they live happily ever after, or so it seems...


Although funny, this movie is not really one of my favorites. The kind of Steve Martin humor I like most is to be found in his other movies like "The Jerk", "Parenthood," and "Housesitter".

Notice any mistakes? Review

Strengths: At some instances, the movie was funny. Merv Griffin being the Elevator Killer was an odd twist.

Weaknesses? This is advertised as a comedy, but don't expect it to be all funny. It's not. If you're not a big fan of "semi-dark" comedy, I wouldn't recommend this movie.

Our rating: 9 out of 10

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The Man With Two Brains