->'''German Detective:''' You're playing God!\\
'''Dr. Michael Hfuhruhurr:''' ''Somebody's'' got to!

A 1983 comedy film directed by Carl Reiner and starring Creator/SteveMartin as Dr. Michael Hfuhruhurr (it's pronounced exactly how it's spelled), a brilliant but arrogant neurosurgeon newly married to a monstrous [[GoldDigger gold-digging]] BlackWidow (Creator/KathleenTurner), who belatedly meets and falls in love with his soulmate, Anne Uumellmahaye (Creator/SissySpacek) whose one tiny defect is that she's a disembodied brain in a jar. Hfuhruhurr naturally attempts to find a body into which to transplant her. HilarityEnsues. (No, really!)

Like all of Martin's early movie work, it's pretty much [[RapidFireComedy gag-a-minute]], with two particular highlights being Hfuhruhurr facing the world's strictest drunk-driving test, and the identity of [[SerialKiller The Elevator Killer.]]

!!This film provides examples of:

* AffectionateParody: A modern day take on GothicHorror.
* AndIMustScream: Since she lacks a body, let alone sensory organs, Anne can't see, hear, feel, or sense anything ''at all'' [[MindlinkMates aside from Hfuhruhurr's voice]][[note]]Except when Dolores tries to cook her in an oven and she feels tremendous heat. Which makes it even '''worse'''[[/note]]. It's no small miracle she remained sane! [[FridgeHorror Now consider all the brains Necessiter keeps in jars...]]
* AudienceMurmurs: After Michael makes his big announcement, the Viennese audience gasps and murmurs in astonishment:
-->'''Michael:''' What are they saying?\\
'''Dr. Conrad:''' They are just saying 'murmur, murmur, murmur.'\\
'''Michael:''' You mean it's just sort of a general murmur?\\
'''Dr. Conrad:''' Yeah. Murmur.\\
'''Michael:''' Oh. ''[to the crowd]'' You may ''murmur'' all you like --\\
'''Crowd:''' ''[loudly]'' Murmur, murmur, murmur, murmur, murmur.
* BigEater: [[spoiler: Anne--at least once she's got a body to do it with.]]
* BiggerOnTheInside: Dr. Necessiter's apartment.
** Subverted: It only ''looks'' bigger. Still almost no closet space.
* BigNo: Hfuhruhurr's departed wife, after he asks a portrait of her for her disapproval in regards to his marriage to Dolores.
* BitchInSheepsClothing / BlackWidow: Dolores.
* BrainInAJar: Lots of them.
* BrainTransplant: Hfuhruhurr's goal.
* TheCameo: [[spoiler:Creator/MervGriffin as himself]], who turns out to be the Elevator Killer.
* CardCarryingVillain / ObviouslyEvil: Dolores, right from the start, when she loves watching forehead veins throb.
* CargoShip: [[{{In-Universe}} A good and long part of the movie]] involves Hfuhruhurr trying to be romantic with Anne's BrainInAJar, including taking her rowing and putting wax lips on the glass. It all stays PG, though.
* CameBackWrong: Necessiter's previous attempts to resurrect a brain-in-a-jar in a new living body. He probably shouldn't have tried to transplant a brilliant doctor into a gorilla...
* CloudCuckooLander: Dr. Hfuhruhurr.
* CompanionCube: Hfuhruhurr carries around a little Barbie doll representing his first, deceased wife, and [[SurrogateSoliloquy often speaks to it]] [[TalkingToTheDead as though it were really her]]. Anne's jar could also qualify.
* ConvenientComa: After [[spoiler:Hfuhruhurr nearly dies in the transplant procedure, he spends enough time in coma for Anne to get back on her feet in Dolores' body]].
* CoveredInMud: When Hfuhruhurr discovers the extent of Dolores' unfaithfulness he shoves her face-first into a suspiciously convenient puddle.
-->'''Hfuhruhurr''': Into the mud, scum queen!
* CuteButCacophonic: A prostitute that Hfuhruhurr [[spoiler:tried to kill so Anne could have her body]].
* DeadManWriting
* EvilutionaryBiologist: Necessiter, though his experiments are solely ForSCIENCE! instead of any actual evil, and he's completely unaware that (at least some of) his brains [[AndIMustScream are still fully conscious]].
* TheFaceless: Well, considering Anne's a disembodied brain, you only ''hear'' Sissy Spacek.
* {{Fanservice}}: Even Fran's voice isn't enough to wreck the fact that she's super-hot.
* FatSuit: [[spoiler: Turner dons one after Anne's been transplanted into Dolores' head.]]
* FemmeFatale: Dolores to the point of (intentional) parody.
* ForTheEvulz: Dolores ''loves'' to watch veins in foreheads throbbing.
* FunWithForeignLanguages
* FunWithSubtitles: Lampshaded. When the Austrian police realise that Hfuhruhurr speaks English, one of them asks for the subtitles to be turned off and notes that it's roomier without them.
* GoldDigger: Dolores, with a vengeance.
* AGodAmI: Hfuhruhurr gets a wee bit unhinged when [[spoiler:in the midst of Anne's transplant procedure, trying to stop the police from interfering. When accused of playing God, he replies, "''Somebody'' has to!"]]
* GroinAttack: Hfuhruhurr does this to Dolores while they scuffle. [[RuleOfFunny He nails her right in the balls.]]
* HeelRealization: Hfuhruhurr very nearly [[spoiler:kills an innocent woman to use her body. He realizes he can't do it in the nick of time]].
* {{Homage}}: ''Donovan's Brain''. It's Dr. Hfuhruhurr's favorite film, too.
* {{Hypocrite}}: Dolores hates Mexicans (among other ethnic groups) but has no problem sleeping with the gardener.
* InsufferableGenius: Likes to brag Music/DollyParton wants to have his baby.
-->'''Dr. Hfuhruhurr:''' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hBLmyPpFwvg Would you read that back to me?]] I'm afraid that might make me sound pompous to your readers.
-->'''Olsen:''' "My brilliant research in brain transplantation is unsurpassed, and will probably make my name live beyond eternity."\\
'''Dr. Hfuhruhurr:''' Well, that's all right. Take out the "probably". It makes me sound wishy-washy.
** Later:
--->'''Dr. Hfuhruhurr:''' ''(mildly annoyed)'' I ''told'' him to take ''out'' the "probably."
* LoveMakesYouEvil: Or at least willing to kill.
* LittleProfessorDialog
* MadScientist: ...several. Necessiter is only the most obvious one.
* MeaningfulName: Dolores. It means ''pain''.
* MindlinkMates: Hfuhruhurr and Anne, natch. Why they share this PsychicLink is never explained.
* MostAnnoyingSound: [[invoked]] Fran's voice. Michael is happy it makes him ''want'' to kill her, initially.
* TheMourningAfter: Hfuhruhurr for his first wife.
* MsFanservice: Dolores, again, it's parodied. She's so hot, in a deleted scene she makes a bellhop ''instantly'' go through puberty.
* NonFatalExplosions: Combined with SoftWater.
* OldFashionedRowboatDate: Hfuhruhurr and Anne.
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Parodied when Dolores growls at Hfuhruhurr, "I'll get you for this, you nigger kike wop!"
* RammingAlwaysWorks: The Viennese police ask Necessiter's neighbor for a battering ram to break into the doctor's apartment, and get one. Through a series of errors, they ram all the way across and fly out the building [[SoftWater into a pool]].
* RightThroughTheWall: Necessiter's awesome apartment has "stone walls" made of paper. His butler even punches through one to demonstrate. He does not get along well with his neighbors.
* SelectiveObliviousness: Hfuhruhurr never sees, or unwittingly chooses not to see, that Dolores is cheating on him with nearly every male she comes across.
-->'''Dolores:''' ''(seeing the gardners)'' Who are those assholes out in the garden?\\
'''Hfuhruhurr:''' ''(chuckling)'' They're pronounced ''azaleas''.
* SerialKiller: The Elevator Killer, who injects window cleaner into his victims. [[spoiler: He turns out to be Creator/MervGriffin, {{as himself}}]].
* SexyCoatFlashing: Hfuhruhurr asks the prostitute if he can see the rest of her, prompting this.
* ShoutOut: Hfuhruhurr loves Creator/JudyGarland's ''Under the Bamboo Tree''. So does Anne.
* SorryOciffer: Dr Hfuhruhurr is stopped by a traffic cop while attending a conference in Austria; when asked if he has been drinking, he replies "No, I dron't dink... don't drink".
* StockShticks: Necessiter gets in the old "the patient lived, but the doctor died" joke. Still well-used.
* SwitchToEnglish: Dr. Hfuhruhurr gets pulled over by a German-speaking policeman. When he replies to the policeman in English, the policeman says, "Oh, you speak English! Good!" and directs his partner to [[FunWithSubtitles turn off the subtitles.]]
* TalkingToTheDead: Hfuhruhurr asks the soul of his departed former wife for a little sign, even the smallest sign, that she disapproves his marriage to Dolores. After the entire house shakes and spectral voices wail "NOOOOOO!" and short out the lights for a minute or two, he decides that not getting ''even a '''little''' sign'' from her means she's OK with it.
** [[ComicallyMissingThePoint Later, he's slightly upset that she didn't give him any warning.]]
* TooDumbToLive: Fran. When she asks what injecting her with window cleaner will do, Dr. Hfuhruhurr tells her that it'll kill her, leaving the brain to die last.
-->'''Fran:''' I don't mind!
* TheUnpronounceable: "Hfuhruhurr." Various characters take unsuccessful stabs at it, though the doctor claims it's pronounced exactly as it's spelled. He pronounces it "Hoff-hhhhaaarrrrrr." Anne Uumellmahaye is another example, though her name is pronounced more or less how it's spelled: "Uuuuhhhh-mell-muh-hay." The fact that they can both pronounce each other's names perfectly on the first attempt is a sign that they're soulmates.
-->'''Anne:''' How else is it supposed to be pronounced? It's spelled H-F-U-H-R-U-H-U-R-R, isn't it?