I don't remember much about this movie. Only one quote. The problem is, I only remember it translated into Serbian while I think the original was in English. At first I thought the movie was Suburban Commando but I didn't find the scene with the quote.

The movie is from 70s,80s or 90s. There is a scientist experimenting with measuring intelligence with a machine. He attaches his machine to plants (including what is implied to be Ficus Benjamina) and appliances. The machine looks like EEG machine somewhat.

He attaches it to other character (he might be strongman type/bodybuilder). Once he reads his intelligence, he tells him the quote.

"Your intelligence is somewhere between ficus and toaster."

"Tvoja inteligencija je negde izmedju fikusa i tostera."

Or maybe the character asks him what the result of the measurement is and the answer they get is

"Somewhere between ficus and toaster."

or maybe

"In the middle between ficus and the toaster."

That's all I remember.

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    Anyone wanna tell me what a ficus is? – DannyMcG Jan 29 at 16:36
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    @DannyMcG It's a fig tree. – mpez0 Jan 29 at 16:43
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    @DannyMcG If you have one as a houseplant it might be referred to as a "benjamina" (Ficus benjamina, a.k.a. weeping fig). – DavidW Jan 29 at 17:00
  • Ficus Benjamina is what the quote is about. It might be other plant in the original movie. But it was translated as ficus in Serbian. – jo1storm Jan 29 at 17:16
  • He wouldn't have been intending to measure the intelligence of various lawyers (in order to rule cases in favor of the person with the worse lawyer), would he? – Jacob C. says Reinstate Monica Feb 3 at 23:19

I see this question keeps popping up but nobody seems able to find an answer so I've thought I'll take my chance with a wild guess: could it be The Man With The Screaming Brain with Bruce Campbell?

The sentence you cite sounds like an insult one of his cocky characters would say; which, together with the brain-related subject, had me immediately think this might be the movie you're looking for.

Wikipedia has a detailed summary of the movie.


Not sure but you might be talking about Silent Running (1972).

In a future where all flora is extinct on Earth, an astronaut is given orders to destroy the last of Earth's botany, kept in a greenhouse aboard a spacecraft.

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    Could you edit this to explain how it matches the description given in the question? – TheLethalCarrot Mar 23 at 17:37
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    I certainly don't remember any intelligence-measuring scene in Silent Running. – DavidW Mar 23 at 17:52
  • Turbo, the worst guess ever. Were you even trying? Have you seen Silent Running? – releseabe Mar 25 at 11:36

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