Actually that last comment is selling Brain Donors slightly short. At first you think that the comedy is only slightly more evolved than amoeba, but after a while the comedy clicks - this is a Marx brothers movie! After that, you can take the film for the freely chaotic slapstick comedy that it is. I must admit to laughing out loud at least five times, which can't be bad. Indeed the Zucker Brothers have included some of their classic literal Airplane! humour into Brain Donors and that can't be bad either. Turturro and Mel Smith (believe it or not) are the better of the performers, with a certain Coronation Street regular turning up, too.
Frankly, I thought that Brain Donors was nearly funny most of the time and very funny at times. I get the feeling that it is aimed at the younger audience, yet this movie has an (American) PG rating which kind of scuppers the age group I was thinking of. Being aimed at the youngsters isn't to say that adults can't enjoy it, too, but some of the comedy moments are a bit too physical. A scene where a very nice young woman is found in Lillian Oglethorpe's bed and has to be removed before the old dear arrives is a case in point. Clearly she does arrive before this can happen, and there is all sorts of running between rooms and hitting-the-head-with-a-vase type shenanigans. Not exactly high brow, is it?
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