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Brain Donors

4.8 out of 5 stars 96 customer reviews

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BRAIN DONORS is the hilarious story about a wealthy widow Lillian (Nancy Marchand) who decides to found a ballet company after getting legal advice from her lawyer Roland Flakfizer (Turturro). Before long, she has two incapable assistants including a useless jack-of-all-trades and master of none named Jacques (Nelson) and Rocco (Smith) who is a cab driver whose credentials include pool cleaner, liposuctioner and toupee salesman. The result is an outrageously funny attack on high society as the characters unintentionally create a mess out of every endeavor.

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  • Actors: John Turturro, Bob Nelson, Mel Smith, Nancy Marchand, George De La Pena
  • Directors: Dennis Dugan
  • Writers: George S. Kaufman, James Kevin McGuinness, Morrie Ryskind, Pat Proft
  • Producers: David Zucker, Gil Netter, James D. Brubaker
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG
    Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: October 26, 2004
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002V7OFG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,967 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Brain Donors" on IMDb

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Anyone that enjoys fast in your face comedy like the Marx Brothers use to do should love it. This movie is based on the Marx Brother movie "A Night at the Opera". The Zucker brothers did a wonderful job of putting this all together. Great writing (by Pat Proft, George S. Kaufman, Morrie Ryskand, and James Kevin McGuinnes), cast (John Turturro, Bob Nelson, Mel Smith, George De La Pena, John Savidant, Nancy Marchand, and the rest), directing by Dennis Dugan, stunts, and music make this a hysterical romp. Fans of "Kung Pow! Enter the Fist", "Naked Gun", "Hot Shots!", or "Scary Movie" and their sequels should enjoy this movie. John Turturro is great as the off the wall leader in this zany comedy about swindling, ballet, and ambulance chasing. You will think he has a machine gun in his mouth since he rattles off jokes so fast it is hard to keep up. It may take a few viewings to catch all the jokes and sight gags, but you will be happy to sit through it many times. Even the opening and closings of the movie are comical, the claymation characters is a nice touch. I'm glad the studio finally wised up and are releasing this on DVD. I pre-ordered it because this is one of the funniest comedies out there. I'm really surprised it didn't get the recognition it deserves. If you enjoyed this movie, be sure to catch Mr. Deeds [Blu-ray].
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I am so happy this has finally been released on DVD. I just played this movie on VHS for some friends of mine who had never seen it. I hadn't realized how many times I'd watched it. The tape was wearing out. You could see signs of age and use at the top of the screen while we watched it.

My friends loved it. They said they'd love to have if it ever came out on DVD. I hadn't looked in a while so we checked, and sure enough it had been released a few months before. So I was able to finally replace my aging VHS version.

This movie is hilarious. Literally every line in the movie is a joke, or a response to a joke. You have to see it at least 3 times to even come close to catching every joke and one liner. This movie is truly a comedic gem. I'm shocked at how few people have ever heard of it, nonetheless actually seen it.

If you love to laugh you'll love this movie. Give it a try. You'll be glad you did.
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A Kid's Review on July 8, 2006
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The last time I saw this movie was the first time I saw this movie.

I was stuck home, sick on a perfect Summer day like 12 or 13 years ago, b/c of which, I was in like the worst mood.

I was scanning channels and happened to catch this one from the beginning on HBO.

I think it was the beginning... I caught it during the scene where the lawyer was literally chasing an ambulance... it hooked me.

Keep in mind I was in the worst mood for being stuck at home sick.

This movie had me laughing the entire duration of it.

The only other two movies that have done this are The Party (starring Peter Sellers) and Caddyshack (starring Gopher).

Don't ignore this movie just b/c you haven't heard of it or b/c the name makes it sound stupid, it's totally worth watching.

If you want to laugh, this movie is for you, even if you're stubborn.

The reason I only saw it the one time was b/c I couldn't remember the name.

I've been trying to find it for years... finally, I decided to type in "slapstick movies" in Google.

[...] finally helped me find this movie again.

Have fun!
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By A Customer on November 9, 1999
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I can't say much more than most of the other reviewers have! I caught this movie on cable by accident and spent the whole time rolling on the floor with tears in my eyes! The trick is to keep your mouth shut and LISTEN as the jokes come flying a mile a minute! The funny scenes are to many to list but I especially like the "hiding the girl from the boss" scene which is- like all the other sequences- perfectly executed. A laugh riot that is sure to leave you in stitches!It did me! For those of you that enjoyed this movie, You HAVE to see the film "Noises Off" (1992) w/ Michael Caine, John Ritter, and an all star cast of misfit actors in a play that goes horribly wrong! Enjoy!
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Don't believe anyone who thinks this was a turkey and went straight to video. (When the producers changed studios, their former studio dumped this.) It's actually a very, very funny comedy, with great dialogue (by Pat Proft) and spirited performances by John Turturro, Bob Nelson, Mel Smith, and Nancy Marchand. Standout scenes are the connecting-room routine, the contract scene, and the opening-night scene -- all inspired by The Marx Brothers but shown here with all-new gags. It may be too silly for some, but friends whom we've shown this to are still quoting from this picture.
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Critics back in 1992 only gave this movie 2-STARS, but I really liked it! John Turturro hams it up as a Groucho Marx "wanna be" and his two "buds" try hard to do a great combination as "The Marx Bros. meet The Three Stooges". To me, it worked, because I love watching it over and over again! Maybe the way I view humor and how the Critics view humor are two different things. I could never imitate Groucho, Chico, Harpo, Curly, Larry, and Moe....they WERE geniuses in there comedy routines. These guys did a pretty good job Brain Donors! A movie like this only comes along once in a life time! If you don"t grab that bag of popcorn, I will and I enjoy watching...BRAIN DONORS
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