Time: 93 mins.
Long before Steve Martin was making silly, outrageous family comedies like PARENTHOOD and FATHER OF THE BRIDE, he was king of the silly, outrageous wacky comedy. He started his career as the "wild and crazy guy" and his early work in films like THE JERK, ALL OF ME and THE MAN WITH TWO BRAINS focused on this aspect of his humor. If you're a fan of Martin's and have never seen any of these pictures, you're really missing something. Though I enjoy the manic and sweet presence he's cultivated in the last decade, there's just something about his early films that have captured my heart. Since he wasn't a superstar, he allowed himself the luxury of being as weird and crazy as he wanted to be, exploring avenues of comedy most people would have shied away from. THE MAN WITH TWO BRAINS has a ridiculous and unbelievable plot, but it's so funny, unusual and romantic, you don't want the ride to end. Kathleen Turner co-stars in the film, using her BODY HEAT mystique in a very funny manner.
In this film, Martin plays a world-renowned brain surgeon who's created a new surgical procedure that allows easy access to the brain by screwing off the top of the skull. This patented technique cuts down the time of surgery and is much less invasive for the patient. Plus, you don't have to be seen with your head unsightly shaved. He performs the surgery on a very beautiful patient played by Kathleen Turner, who weaves her sexual magic over Dr. Hfuhruhurr. Unable to resist her charms, he quickly proposes and they are soon wed. Of course, once married, Dolores defers the marriage bed claiming headaches, though teases Micheal incessantly by wearing skimpy clothing and sucking on his fingers. He doesn't force the issue, because she just had brain surgery after all. What he doesn't know is that she's relieving her sexual urges with every other man she meets. The lack of sex and constant reminder of what he can't have, starts to have a toll on his work. In order to relieve the pressure and create an air of romance, his boss suggests they take a trip to Austria for a medical conference as a sort of honeymoon. Sex with his unbearably attractive wife soon takes a backseat to a remarkable discovery.