"Steve Martin is still the man, this junk nonwithstanding."
It's just awful when your favorite actors make movies like this. Whenever I express my deep admiration for Steve Martin, people always throw this movie (or Sgt. Bilko or The Out-of-Towners) back in my face. Well, hell - Even Steve has to pay the rent people, and in this particularly weak movie, there's a LOT of people to share the blame.Steve Martin, Madeline Kahn, Adam Sandler, and Rob Reiner. You'd think sounds funny! Add in small parts by Garry Shandling, Robert Klein, Rita Wilson and Stephen Wright. You'd probably see this movie, right? Then I'd also throw in Parker Posey AND Jon Stewart. Instant Classic! Right?
The story revolves (very loosely) around the call center for a Suicide Prevention Hotline. To say that the movie is a barely connected series of astonishingly lame comedy bits is almost too kind of a compliment. The suffering therapists are about to be evicted on Christmas Eve, and a whole bunch of wacky suicidal people stop by.
The screenplay was written by Nora and Delia Ephron. Nora apparently depleted her life's supply of talent since she wrote When Harry Met Sally, because since then she's offered nothing but junk like this movie, You've Got Mail and the truly awful Hanging Up.
It's quite simple: The Ephron sisters are trying to hard to infuse slapstick with dark comedy and the combination just does a quick crash and burn. It sucks when a movie has so many funny people in it, but it still ends up a dud.
Sure, any chance to see Adam Sandler being goofy is welcome. And yeah, it is sometimes entertaining to see well-liked actors doing crazy shtick, but Mixed Nuts simply never succeeds as anything more than a 'few funny scenes'.This is one of those movies that look like a bunch of Hollywood buddies got together to make a movie over a weekend. Since the movie that typifies this style of filmmaking is The Cannonball Run, it's a safe bet that I'm not being complimentary. For Steve Martin completists, just rent the damn thing already. Everyone else, stay back.