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Mixed Nuts
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by Scott Weinberg

"Steve Martin is still the man, this junk nonwithstanding."
2 stars

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.

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User Comments

12/20/09 brock ho ho ho 4 stars
12/04/08 Shaun Wallner Hilarious Movie! 5 stars
8/06/06 John Aster Habig I'd give it 5 stars but I only saw it twice but it is definitely worth a few viewings 4 stars
7/08/06 NS Good. 3 stars
12/20/03 Paul S. Our most favorite Christmas classic. Yes, we're twisted. 5 stars
4/12/03 Jack Sommersby Grating, unfunny, and just plain embarrassing. 1 stars
12/03/02 Kim G. Mixed Nuts is a movie that should be viewed every year at Christmas time. 5 stars
8/14/02 Grover Occasional This is actually my very favourite comedy. 5 stars
2/11/02 Bugeater64 Different tastes. I think Sandler is lame, but this is one of the funniest films ever made. 5 stars
1/02/02 Kelly I think it is hilarious! 5 stars
12/03/01 Eric Johnson This is a light hearted, off beat masterpiece, stop trying diesct it, and lauhgh!!! 5 stars
8/07/01 Mr. Hat Adam Sandler is okay, but even Steve Martin can't save the rest of this piece of rat shit. 2 stars
10/14/00 Daisy Goodwin I absolutely loved this movie. It's hilarious and charming and quirky. Different. 5 stars
10/13/00 Jed Sorry scott but to me it wasn't that bad at all I found this rather underrated. 4 stars
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  02-Dec-1994 (PG-13)



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