Mixed Nuts

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Released 1994

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Director:
Nora Ephron
Released:
1994
Rating:
PG-13

Mixed Nuts is a 1994 comedy featuring an all-star cast that follows a group of suicide hotline volunteers and the strange collection of characters that gather there over one Christmas Eve. The center, called Lifesavers, is managed by Philip (Steve Martin), a lonely guy who learns that the volunteer group is about to be evicted by their landlord. Catherine (Rite Wilson) is an awkward wallflower, prone to sitting in a tub fully clothed when stressed out. She has a secret crush on Philip but can't find the nerve to tell him. Gracie (Juliette Lewis) is a pregnant shop owner, due any day now, and Louie (Adam Sandler) is an eccentric ukulele player, belting out a stream of high-pitched songs. Philip struggles with how to break the news about the eviction as a strange assortment of eccentrics make their way in and out the center as the night drags on. Mixed Nuts is directed by Nora Ephron, from a script by herself and her sister Delia Ephron.

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Metacritic Score

  • 38

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Maybe there's too much talent. Every character shines with such dazzling intensity and such inexhaustible comic invention that the movie becomes tiresome, like too many clowns.

  • 10

    The New York Times Janet Maslin

    Staged as pure fluff without an ounce of ballast, Mixed Nuts succeeds only in getting its cast into Halloween-caliber crazy costumes by the time it's over.

  • 0

    Los Angeles Times Peter Rainer

    Mixed Nuts is a farcical whirligig that doesn't whirl. It's energetically unfunny, like "Radioland Murders," and, like that film, it boasts top-flight talent. Maybe the idea of mak...

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    christmas, Dark Comedy