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->'''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.]]

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!!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: InUniverse. 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?

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