Brain Donors

1992

Brain Donors

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45%

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Reviews Counted: 11

85%
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85%
Average Rating: 3.6/5

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Brain Donors is a game attempt to redo the Marx Brothers' A Night at the Opera in a contemporary setting. John Turturro plays the "Groucho" character, a shifty lawyer (he's even given a Grouchoesque three-barrelled moniker). Bob Nelson is the "Harpo" counterpart, a puckish handyman. And Mel Smith completes the trio as a Chico-like cabbie. All three conspire to save a failing ballet company on behalf of dowager Nancy Marchand, who does a film-length impersonation of Margaret Dumont. At times, Pat Proft's script comes off more like a 3 Stooges short than a Marx Brothers romp, but that's not so bad. What hurts the film is its fluctuating pace, which shifts into neutral just when it should go into hyperdrive. Will Vinton's Claymation opening titles supply some of the film's biggest laughs.

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Every Marx brothers movie condensed into one hell of a zany adventure. This movie is gut bustingly funny.

Ken Stachnik
Ken Stachnik

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½

Amazingly funny film with great performances by all the cast, especially Turturro. Great one-liners are delivered at a rapid pace and this movie is worthy of being put alongside the Marx Bros series even though it's only an "homage". "I want you to have my children... they're out in the car" Hilarious, and no, I'm not making fun of you Timbo.

Christopher  Brown
Christopher Brown

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