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Mixed Nuts (1994)

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A 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
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    Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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Cast

Madeline Kahn
as Mrs. Munchnik
Rita Wilson
as Catherine
Rob Reiner
as Dr. Kinsky
Parker Posey
as Rollerblader
Jon Stewart
as Rollerblader
Steven Randazzo
as Detective
Brian Markinson
as Policeman/Voice of Obscene Caller
Caroline Aaron
as Hotline Caller
Steven Wright
as Man at Pay Phone
Mary Gross
as Hotline Caller
Sidney Armus
as Chris' Father
Victor Garber
as Irate Neighbor
Diane Sokolow
as Chris' Mother
Joann Lamneck
as Woman Doctor
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Critic Reviews for Mixed Nuts

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (7)

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.

Full Review… | June 1, 2008
Variety
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Ephron's timing and sensitivity have deserted her, leaving behind only the sentimentality.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
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A title song incorporating the names of nut varieties is only one of the film's desperate ploys.

May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Is there anything more excruciating than failed farce?

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Every character shines with such dazzling intensity and such inexhaustible comic invention that the movie becomes tiresome, like too many clowns.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Gag.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
ReelViews
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Audience Reviews for Mixed Nuts

From Nora Ephron comes the kooky Christmas comedy Mixed Nuts. Starring Steve Martin, Rita Wilson, Juliette Lewis, and Adam Sandler, the film has a great cast. But the characters aren't that interesting; their just eccentric weirdos that're all doing their own separate things and they don't really work well together. And, the story too is all over the place, with things just happening randomly without any lead up. Festively chaotic, Mixed Nuts delivers a few laughs but is too uneven and lacks focus.

Dann Michalski
Dann Michalski

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Although the movie itself was a little weird, I really enjoyed the whole cast. Enjoyable!

Sarah Prisbylla
Sarah Prisbylla

Super Reviewer

½

Adorable, with Martin, Kahn, and Wilson giving great performances, and a strange cameo from Adam Sandler.

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

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