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Flakfizer: "That all depends. Do I owe you money?"
Flakfizer: "In a drunken stupor, did I promise to marry you?"
Flakfizer: "Then I'm your man!"
Brain Donors is a 1992 comedy film produced by David and Jerry Zucker and released by Paramount Pictures. It is a modern remake of the Marx Brothers' A Night at the Opera, starring John Turturro, Mel Smith, and Bob Nelson as the Expy Marxes.The plot begins when Lillian Oglethorpe uses the fortunes of her recently-deceased tycoon husband to start a ballet company in his name. Through some fast-talking shenanigans, Ambulance Chaser Roland T. Flakfizer (Turturro) is appointed director of the company, over Mr. Oglethorpe's attorney Edmund Lazlo. With the help of taxi driver Rocco Melonchek (Smith) and handyman Jacques (Nelson), Flakfizer tries to build up the company while pairing up star-crossed dancers Alan Grant and Lisa Le Baron. They are opposed by Lazlo's efforts to discredit Flakfizer and take control of the company for himself, while the egotistical international ballet star Roberto Volare has his own eyes on Lisa.As you might expect given the pedigreesinvolved, much, muchHilarity Ensues. Unfortunately, due to petty infighting, the movie was released without any publicity and a handful of home video releases, and remains almost completely ignored by Paramount to this day.
This movie demonstrates the following tropes:
Ambulance Chaser: Roland T. Flakfizer is literally an Ambulance Chaser — his very first appearance in the film features him chasing an ambulance on foot to the scene of an automobile accident, where he immediately begins to yell about the impending lawsuits he plans to file.
Amoral Attorney: Roland T. Flakfizer (see above) is a great example of this trope. Also, Edmund Lazlo, personal attorney to the late Mr. Oglethorpe. He only appears benevolent to Lillian, but is clearly interested in the directorship only for the money.
Comedic Sociopathy: In the best Marx Brothers tradition, none of the three protagonists buy into the significance of anything that happens in the movie. Rocco and Jacques are sometimes allied with Flakfizer, sometimes antagonists ... and it doesn't matter in the least.
Dressing as the Enemy: Flakfizer et al dress up as doctors to infiltrate a hospital and recover an incriminating letter from Lazlo.
Rocco: "We'll have to perform a full rectum-ology."
Roland: "Fondue, an epidemic! drop those pants... Not you, the patient."
Doctor: "I thought you were cardiologists..."
Rocco: "Uh, well, they're all connected, we enter the rectum and head north."
Roland: "Why do you think we have such long instruments?"
Extended Disarming / Hyperspace Arsenal: Done in montage when the heroes have been arrested. During jail processing, Jacques empties the pockets of his pants and longcoat, revealing an ever-growing pile of odd items including a baby bottle, fire extinguisher, rubber alligator, bicycle pump, and feather duster.
Humiliation Conga: Happens to Volare at the premiere in front of hundreds of spectators.
Hyperspace Mallet: When the trio decide to "take care of" egotistical ballet star Volare, Jacques pulls a huge wooden sledgehammer out of nowhere. He is, unfortunately, restrained from actually using it.
Jerk Ass: Roberto Volare has an impressively inflated ego due to his status in the ballet world, and is unrestrained about using it to woo Lisa away from Alan.
Karmic Trickster: Flakfizer's group is this to Volare, especially during the premiere.
Mobile Kiosk: At one point, Jacques produces and expands a collapsible office desk, complete with collapsible computer, collapsible printer, and inflatable secretary.
Mock Millionaire: Flakfizer plays the role when he inspects the theater before the premiere, complete with stretch limousine, pimp jacket, and bikini-clad admirers.
[Talking on cellular phone] "How did the market close? Uh-huh. Well, roll over my amalgamated, split my utilities, and double my capital venture overlays. Now call me in an hour, and tell me what the hell I'm talking about!"
Pillow Pregnancy: Done as part of Flakfizer's introduction. When he arrives at the scene of a minor car accident and sees a woman passenger, he immediately sticks an instant-inflating pillow under her dress and yells loudly about the liability due to her condition.
Porn Stash: Jacques sets one up for Lazlo during the reading of the Oglethorpe will.
Rocco: [grabbing magazines] "Charity work. I gather these for those less fortunate than myself who can't afford pornography."
Sociopathic Hero: If you only forget that this is an absurd comedy ruled by Rule of Funny. Flakfizer is an amoral swindler, devoid of empathy and always looking for an angle to trick, manipulate, abuse, use up and defraud anyone and anything he comes across. He spends every waking moment lying and conning his way through life, gleefully smiling at the people he scams as he looks them straight in the eye and shakes their hands. He uses glibness, studied emotions, fake charm, insistence and persuasiveness to trick, coerce, manipulate, control and use people. He fits the textbook definition of a psychopath - as opposed to the Hollywood Psychopath - almost perfectly. He does help out the innocent young dancers and ends up doing some good deeds, but that's only because it all fits his goals. If you watch the movie from this perspective, the implications are as terrifying as will be the inevitable future fate of the ballet company that Flakfizer takes over (which he does through manipulation and scams, of course).
Stop Motion: The opening title and end credit sequences are done in Claymation.
Totally Eighteen: At one point the trio is awakened suddenly, and the first thing out of Roland T. Flakfizer's mouth is "She looked eighteen, officer, I swear!"
Why Do You Keep Changing Jobs?: Rocco is not only a cab driver, but also cleans swimming pools and runs his own toupee business. In fact, he's only driving the cab as a sideline — as soon as he gets his driver's license, he's out of there.