From the Archive — The Man with Two Brains

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Continuing with mini-series launched last week that excavates the reviews from the bygone “Movies That Shoulda Been Summer Blockbusters” special episode of 90FM’s The Reel Thing, this is what I wrote about the comedy The Man with Two Brains, directed by Carl Reiner and starring Steve Martin. I see Google designates this film as “Romance/Horror.” That’s, um, not quite right, gang. Once again, the text here is transcribed exactly from the original radio script. 

Next on my list is the 1983 Steve Martin comedy The Man with Two Brains. Steve Martin plays a doctor who has one brain inside his noggin and a second one inside a jar. The glass-enclosed brain is all that’s left of a sweet woman whose voice is provided by Sissy Spacek. Martin falls in love with this caring, delicate person and goes on a quest to find her a body to be in so he can spend the rest of his life with her rather than his mean-spirited wife, played with sexy relish by Kathleen Turner.

The humor in this summer comedy runs along the lines of the craziness of the Naked Gun movies. Characters yell off-screen to tell some unseen force that it’s OK to stop using subtitles, and what appears to be a simple hotel room from the outside opens up to be an incredibly large castle laboratory. It’s amazing what you can do with a few throw pillows.

Steve Martin’s comedy hasn’t been this wild on screen since. It’s amazing amount of fun watching this masterful comedic actor dig into a script with as many laughs as The Man with Two Brains.