Released in 1994, Mixed Nuts is a film that takes a look at what life would be like if you were working at a suicide hotline during the Christmas season. This is definitely one of writer and director Nora Ephron’s most underrated films. In fact, it is often overshadowed by her more popular offerings like When Harry Met Sally and You’ve Got Mail.
Headlined by Steve Martin, the film features a powerhouse cast with Madeline Kahn, Rob Reiner, Adam Sandler, and Rita Wilson. The crisis center manager, played by Martin, is forced to handle all of his staff’s personal issues, as well as those of the people who call into the hotline. The farcical film gets the bulk of its appeal from the supremely talented cast and the brilliantly penned script that allows their individual talents to shine.
Despite tanking when it first came to theaters, Mixed Nuts has amassed a sizeable fan base in the years since.