Brain donors / Se cauta un creier

Daca tot am inceput sa va spun despre comedii foarte bune, nu pot sa nu va spun despre (cred) prima comedie intr-adevar buna pe care am vazut-o.

Roland T. Flakfizer (John Turturro) este un avocat marunt, mereu falit, care vaneaza accidentele petrecute pe strazi cu scopul de a face rost de clienti. Asa reuseste sa o intalneasca intr-o zi pe cea care devine cea mai importanta clienta a lui, bogata vaduva Lillian Oglethorpe. Cu o risipa de vorbe mieroase si complimente coplesitoare si naucitoare la adresa femeii trecuta bine de prima tinerete, Roland se face indispensabil si participa la citirea testamentului celui decedat.

Odata cu el, intra in scena un sofer de taxi pe care Roland il facuse sa piarda procesul de divort si un tip ciudat, care ia totul ad literam (de aici o serie intreaga de momente comice). Toti trei fac o intelegere prin care sa castige banii care le lipsesc tuturor, prin inserarea in viata bogatei Lillian Oglethorpe. Trio-ul aminteste puternic de celebrii frati Marx (Grucho, Chico si Harpo), care au jucat in numeroase comedii la inceputul secolului trecut.

Dupa ce se afla ca ultima dorinta a raposatului a fost infiintarea unui teatru pentru balet, intre Roland si Laszlo, avocatul decedatului, un tip rigid, lipsit de imaginatie si dornic sa preia cat mai mult posibil din averea familiei Oglethorpe, incepe o cursa nebuna ce are ca scop castigarea postului de director al teatrului, ceea ce ar insemna asigurarea unui salariu mai mult decat atragator pentru Roland, iar pentru Laszlo o postura foarte importanta, prin care ar fi astfel mai aproape de a se insura cu Lillian pentru a-si consolida averea si pozitia sociala.

Aceasta cursa de desfasoara intr-un ritm atat de alert, incat, din cauza rasului, uneori e greu de tinut pasul cu rapiditatea schimburilor de replici neasteptate dintre personaje si cu abundenta momentelor amuzante.

Mai apar un cuplu de tineri balerini, frumosi si total indragostiti unul de altul si o vedeta a baletului international, Volare, plin de fumuri si de rautate, care va fi pedepsit exemplar pentru felul in care se poarta cu ceilalti, dar nu se poate povesti cum anume, trebuie vazut!

Actorii s-au potrivit foarte bine, replicile curg continuu, fara pauze si aproape fara respiratie, incat noi banuim ca multe pot fi rodul inspiratiei de moment. Daca nu este asa, atunci inseamna ca scenariul, o nebunie continua de glume si de replici inteligente si rapide, este pur si simplu exceptional.

Filmul merita vazut, noua ne-a placut atat de mult incat folosim replici din film in situatii din viata reala, fapt ce ne face sa radem si sa depasim mult mai usor momente tensionate sau dificile.

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Since I started telling you about really good comedies I must tell you about (I think) the first brilliant comedy I watched.

Roland T. Flakfizer (John Turturro) is a small, always broke solicitor, who hunts car crashes with the purpose of getting clients. That is the way he meets his most important client, Lillian Oglethorpe (Nancy Marchand), a rich widow. Using a waste of tender words and overwhelming compliments for a woman well away from her youth, Roland makes himself indispensable to her and takes part at the reading of her husband’s will.

Another two men come in the scene, one of them lost his divorce trial because he was represented by Roland and the other man is a weird fellow, who takes everything literally (thus resulting a long list of funny moments). The three men decide to get into Mrs. Oglethorpe’s life and win the money they all need. The trio reminds us a lot about the famous Marx brothers (Grucho, Chico and Harpo), who acted in many comedies at the beginning of the 20th century.

After they find out that the last wish of the deceased was to form a ballet theatre, Roland and Laszlo (Mr. Oglethorpe’s solicitor), a rigid, unimaginative and greedy man, board on a mad race to win the job as the director of the theatre, which would bring some benefits to both men: Roland would have a more than attractive salary and Laszlo would be able to marry Lillian and get his hands on her fortune.

Viewing the “race” unfold is at times difficult due to the speed used by the actors to say their lines and the abundance of hilarious moments.

There are also two young ballet dancers that are in love with each other and an international ballet star named Volare, who is incredibly proud and mean. And boy, he will be punished for the way he treats everyone, but you have to watch the film to find out how.

The actors worked very well with each other, their lines kept on flowing like a mountain river, which made me believe that at least some of them were improvised in the heat of the moment. If they’re not, then it means that the script, a continuous madness of jokes and intelligent and fast paced lines, is simply exceptional.

The film is absolutely worth seeing. We loved it so much that we use lines from it in real life and they always make us laugh and unwind during different moments.

Brain Donors / Se cauta un creier (1992)

  • Directed by / Regia: Dennis Dugan
  • Written by / Scenariul: Pat Proft, George S. Kaufman, Morrie Ryskind
  • Cast / Distributia: John Turturro, Bob Nelson, Mel Smith, Nancy Marchand, John Savident, George De La Pena, Juliana Donald, Spike Alexander

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