The events focus around a crisis hotline business on one crazy night during the Christmas holidays.
Release Year: 1994
Rating: 5.0/10 (5,113 voted)
Critic's Score: 14/100
Stars: Steve Martin, Madeline Kahn, Robert Klein
Philip runs a crisis hotline with Catherine and Mrs Munchnik. That's the easy part, now it gets tricky… Stanley loves evicting people and he evicts Philip. Philip loves helping people and he is loved by Catherine. Catherine is loved by Louie who loves writing songs. Chris loves dancing to songs and loves to wear large dresses. Gracie also loves to wear large dresses because she's pregnant. She loves the baby's father, Felix, who loves to paint. That just leaves Mrs. Munchnik who hasn't been loved by anybody in a very long time.
Writers: Nora Ephron, Delia Ephron
A Comedy On The Edge
Release Date: 21 December 1994
Filming Locations: Los Angeles, California, USA
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $2,307,850
(23 December 1994)
Did You Know?
Mrs. Munchnik reads an issue of "Distress Magazine". In
Le père Noël est une ordure, the suicide prevention hotline was called "SOS Distress".
[talking to caller on a suicide hotline]
May I put you on hold while I run to my desk? Uh… you're not calling from a bridge or holding a weapon, are you?
Worked for Me
This film has met with some very negative reviews but in my view,
'Mixed Nuts' is an entertaining comedy following the "adventures"
of a team of "lifesavers" who work at a suicide hotline. This film
follows their adventures on Christmas Eve with characters like a
homicidal pregnant woman, a transvestite, a murderer and a
Santa Clause with a gun. It's much darker than you would expect
from a Steve Martin film, especially since it's directed by the same
woman who directed 'Sleepless in Seattle' and 'You've Got Mail'.
The cast has some familiar faces including Adam Sandler and a
very young Haley Joel Osment pre-The Sixth Sense. I bought this
film at a very cheap price at a clothes store (don't ask me why) that
had a few films that featured major stars in unkown and probably
bad films. I was in the mood for a comedy and this was the only
one on the shelf and it seemed black, strange and comic and I'm a
big fan of Steve Martin so I rushed to buy it and didn't get watching
it for two days. When I finally took the opportunity to stick it in the
player, I found a black yet sweet comedy with some of the biggest
laughs that have came from my mouth all year. Of course, this film
seems to have a lot of negative reviews but everyone is entitled to
their own opinion and I can see why many people might not like
this movie. So, if you're interested in seeing it: Rent it then, if you
like it, go out and buy it because you'll be watching it a lot