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Mixed Nuts

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Comedy movie directed by Nora Ephron

Writer-director Nora Ephron hit a low point with this disappointingly dreary comedy set in a suicide clinic on Christmas Eve. The joke is supposed to be that all of the crisis counselors are themselves a pack of lovable losers, led by a badly toupeed … see full wiki

Director: Nora Ephron
Genre: Comedy
1 review about Mixed Nuts

a complete joy; a Christmastime favourite

  • Nov 19, 2005
Rating:
+3
MIXED NUTS is another of those movies I'm surprised that more people don't know about. It's a complete joy, and such an antidote to other saccharine-sweet Christmas films. Based on the French farce "Le Pere Noel est une Ordure", the story takes place on Christmas Eve in a suicide hotline call-office, in sunny California. Philip (Steve Martin) and his devoted staff are about to be jobless and homeless as their office-block is being turned into luxury apartments, but the last night before Christmas turns out to be anything but routine... It's hard to write a synopsis for this film, because the movie is really a series of comic routines and vignettes strung together through a loose narrative.

The film is filled with hilarious performances and some top-flight comedic talents like Madeline Kahn, Adam Sandler, Juliette Lewis and Liev Schreiber. Probably the performer who comes off best is Kahn, playing the snide Mrs Blanche Munchnik (sadly one of the last films before her untimely death). Her scene while trapped in the elevator is priceless. Rita Wilson adds a charm and sincerity to her performance as Philip's shy would-be girlfriend Catherine and Liev Schreiber is hilarious as raving cross-dresser Chris. With Rob Reiner, Anthony LaPaglia, Parker Posey, Garry Shandling and Joely Fisher.

I am genuinely surprised this film did not take off with audiences. Most critics managed to click into the film's black comedy rhythm (and this was done by romantic comedy stalwarts Delia and Nora Ephron, in a deliberate departure from their regular fare). This film is an absolute joy. A must-watch at Christmastime, for sure!

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