Friday, December 25, 2015

Mixed Nuts (1994)

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“A fruitcake?”
“Yes.”
“Remarkably like the one I gave you last year.”

            Mixed Nuts takes place on Christmas Eve at a crisis hotline. The crisis hotline is run by a guy named Philip (Steve Martin) who just wants to help people. Christmas is a bit of a busy time for the hotline because people are lonely. The call center is based out of an apartment building and the landlord gives him an eviction notice since Philip has not paid the rent in three months. Philip does not tell his co-workers Catherine (Rita Wilson) and Mrs. Munchnik (Madeline Kahn) about the eviction.
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            Philip’s day gets weirder and weirder as it goes on. The hotline gets really crazy calls, Mrs. Munchnik gets stuck in the elevator, Catherine’s friend Gracie (Juliette Lewis) is in a fight with her baby-daddy Felix (Anthony LaPaglia) who has been running around in a Santa suit all day, and a whole bunch of other crazy things happen.
            Mixed Nuts is really, really silly. I bought it years ago and kept it because Madeline Kahn is in it and I adore her way too much to get rid of it. She was hilarious with her straight but silly humor. I nearly died when her character was stuck in the elevator and she yells out to Catherine and Philip, “Hey dickheads”. The story I found to be so-so I was not too thrilled with it. Mixed Nuts us worth watching at least especially if you like Madeline Kahn. 
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