Mixed Nuts (1994)
Movie InfoA holiday comedy with dark overtones, Mixed Nuts presents a supposedly humorous look at the behind-the-scenes events at a crisis hotline on Christmas Eve. Philip (Steve Martin) runs Lifesavers, a Venice, California organization dedicated to helping the depressed and troubled. Unfortunately, Philip is a bit down himself, having learned that Lifesavers is on the verge of eviction. His staff isn't feeling particularly helpful either, with Mrs. Munchnik (Madeline Kahn) giving gruff, often insulting advice, and Catherine (Rita Wilson) obsessing over her own unspoken love for Philip. As the holiday approaches, various weirdoes of all shapes and sizes -- from to a pregnant clothing store owner (Juliette Lewis) to a disenchanted Santa Claus (Anthony LaPaglia) -- begin dropping in, throwing the already strained office into utter chaos. Director Nora Ephron followed her smash success Sleepless in Seattle with this remake of the cult 1982 French comedy Le Père Noël est une Ordure, co-authoring the script with her sister Delia Ephron. However, Mixed Nuts met with little box office or critical approval, with most viewers finding the film's manic farce disappointingly forced and abrasive. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi … More
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Critic Reviews for Mixed Nuts
Director/co-scripter Nora Ephron pitches the humor at a cacophonous level and displays the comedic equivalent of two left feet in evolving an absurdist, slapstick yarn.
Ephron's timing and sensitivity have deserted her, leaving behind only the sentimentality.
A title song incorporating the names of nut varieties is only one of the film's desperate ploys.
Every character shines with such dazzling intensity and such inexhaustible comic invention that the movie becomes tiresome, like too many clowns.
A relentlessly hectic, poorly structured farce that falls embarrassingly flat.
The beginning of Steve Martin's non-funny comedies. Ephron should know better as well.
Martin's comedic talents show no signs of life in this truly abysmal adaptation of a superior French farce...
A dreadful, dreary would-be dark comedy.
Quirky, enjoyable comedy with an unknown Parker Posey on roller skates and Adam Sandler being charming in a real minor part.
Awful -- even worse when you think about the caliber of talent involved
Terrible comedy with a few amusing moments. Not dark enough on one end, not silly enough on the other.
Odd, oddly likable little comedy.
So many nuts, so few laughs
Steve Martin can be good, and also very, very bad. This is an example of the latter.
One of the most poorly conceived, inept, and ridiculous motion pictures ever greenlighted in Hollywood.
Most of the film goes awry with far too many misfired, ill-conceived gags.
Audience Reviews for Mixed Nuts
Adorable, with Martin, Kahn, and Wilson giving great performances, and a strange cameo from Adam Sandler.More
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