I'm so upset no one else loves this movie.... (by muzikla)
I think I might cry. I feel so hopelessly misunderstood. This movie is brilliant.... I feel as though the epitome of my sense of humor has been rated "two stars"... this is depressing...It's just... brilliant. It's completely nonsensicle and pointless and brilliant, much like a dream I might have when on too much cold medicine. Much like the dreams that I find most delightful...It's one of those movies I find myself quoting all the time just to hear the lines again. Everyone thinks I'm nuts when I quote it because of course no one has ever heard of it. I've taken <more>
to making the little "plop" noise that Steve Martin does when he gets too flustered... when I get too flustered. Madeline Kahn is my hero. I relate too well to Mrs. Munchnik, sanity surrounded by chaos only to find that deep down, she too is a nut. If I were stuck on an elevator, I would have acted just as she had, making up little raps... It's the simple stuff... simple stupid stuff. That's what makes this film so brilliantly refreshing. It's so dumb! Take Adam Sandler, for instance. There was no reason for this character whatsoever. It was entirely random and uncalled for. It was almost as if he happened to be walking by and they called him over and said "Hey, Adam! Wanna be in a movie?"... the only thing he did was show off his mad ukulele skills. And he made me laugh... he was there for the sole purpose of being funny, no strings attached. It was so refreshing. As was this whole movie. Like a good dream! To me it is proof that when you have fun making it which it appears impossible that they did not , you have fun watching it. At least I do... I'm gonna watch it tonight and appreciate it's wonderfulness.
This is not a film for everyone. One must appreciate black humor. If you do, this is a delight. I found it hilarious. True, it's blasphemous and screwy and not at all politically correct. That's a good start. What follows is, at times, breathtaking. Three cheers for Madeline Kahn. And for the courageous director and writer; a woman after my own heart.
A brilliantly silly comedy. (by christine_dld)
I can't believe how many people don't like this film! This is a must-see many times! each year before Christmas for my son and me. The beginning is a little slow but once the comedy really gets going it's hysterical! And in my opinion, the acting was priceless and each actor's comic timing brilliant. It would be very difficult for me to pick a favorite performance in this film, but if I had to, I would say Madeline Kahn as Mrs. Munchnick. Her facial expressions are adorable and I would say that her best scene was when she finally made it to the bathroom won't give too <more>
much away! . Rita Wilson also gave a top-notch performance as the pathetically adorably Kathryn. Oh, and the soundtrack is great, too!
This is a most entertaining film! How can you not enjoy Madeline Kahn, Steve Martin, Adam Sandler, and the transvestite! He was fantastic. Everyone played their part so well. It's a feel-good movie and I just plain enjoyed it. The ending was a little corny -- but it fit the concept of a feel-good movie. Anyone who watches this is in for a treat. It's a perfect Christmas movie the whole family can watch, which is why we bring it out every Christmas and pop it in the VCR. There did not seem to be too much darkness to it. Well -- a little, but it was all so funny it makes one take life a <more>
This quirky movie has become a family favorite of ours since it was released. Obviously not Oscar material, but definitely not to be panned as badly as some have done. Norah Ephrom has created a very clever and funny script from the original French play. Dark humor, sure, but time has toned it down in relation to the Bad Santa, Scrooged, etc. that have entered the Christmas move genre. I was always amazed that this movie was NEVER in the Christmas Holiday bins at Best Buy until this past year. Perhaps now it will enter the sub-culture consciousness, almost like a Christmas Story but without <more>
the 24-hour marathon . If you haven't seen this movie, give it a chance. Adam Sandler's "Chris" song should at least bring a smile.
A Delightful Christmas Comedy With Heart. (by cofecollector-2)
Sometimes movies come along, like the 'Princess's Bride', that are so well done, thought out, have such wonderful production values that it makes the movie irresistible to adore. I realize that this isn't one of those films. Not at all in fact. Mixed is about as offensive and sometimes more scatological than 'There's Something About Mary' the tollbooth 'click it' scene and all , there is really no thread of a plot in sight, and some of the characters are not even likeable Felix and Gracie , but this film, with no plot, and its aimlessness which it has <more>
been criticized a zillion times for that keeps one entertained from the opening titles to the ending titles watch it, you'll see what I mean !The film stars Steve Martin, Rita Wilson, the late Madeline Kahn, Anthony LaPaglia 'So I Married An Axe Murderer', 'He Said, She Said' , Juliet Lewis 'The Other Sister', 'From Dusk 'Till Dawn' , Adam Sandler and Liev Schreiber 'Scream 3', 'Jakob The Liar' . And many others, including Gary Shandling, Rob Reiner, Joley Fisher, John Stewart, Parker Posey and Steven Wright. Steve Martin gives his usual wacky performance, Madeline Kahn is magnificent as the bitter Mrs. Munchnik, Adam Sandler is quite annoying, but his 'Grape Jelly' song makes up for the rest of his movie, even though it comes too late. Gary Shandling is also a plus, even though his role did not let him reach his potential, and Steven Wright is funny as usual as a person well.I hate to ruin the joke.The plot, well like I said there is no plot. But the trace of a plot I could find was three people on New Years Eve working in a suicide hotline office about to be evicted trying to desperately to help other people when they are the ones in need of help. The rest of the cast is really just a bunch of Mixed Nuts. There are a few smaller plots 1 about a serial killer named the Seaside strangler 2 one involving Steve Martin's girlfriend 3 one involving Mrs. Munchnik and her just as bitter dog owner enemy or lover 4 a cross-dressing Liev Shreiber don't ask 5 and Rita Wilson loves Steve Martin. Did I miss any??This is either going to be a funny movie to you or you will hate it. To save you the trouble of watching the movie and hating the movie and then telling the rest of us here just how many ways the movie sucks, here is a little test. Did you find 'There's Something About Mary' appealing for its romance or its slapstick??Mixed Nuts *** , B+ , 9/10 Rated PG-13 a tiny bit of language, and a whole ton of scatological humor
This is a comedy and as a comedy it has THE problem from which all comedies suffer: namely they don't appeal to everyone. Humour is a very personal matter. That said I have to come clean and say that in my opinion this is a funny film that grows on you with repeated viewings. I first saw it shortly after it came out about ten years ago, and thought it sweet, and a little black in parts, but little more. However just recently I purchased this film and watched it again, then again. It's great!!! All the characters are totally loony including those manning the suicide help line Madeline <more>
Kahn, Steve Martin and Rita Wilson . But the whole cast is wonderful from Adam Sandler and his useless songs and lousy ukulele playing to Juliette Lewis "safely" emptying a gun by firing it!!!to Rob Reiner the Vet complaining that all women are obsessed with frilly pillows, to Steve Martin insisting that there is hope in every pothole, to Madeline Kahn as the uptight Blanche Munchnik rattling on about her dead husband's sister who she must visit for Christmas, to Liev Schreiber the transvestite with the Louise Brooks hairstyle, to last and by no means least Anthony LaPaglia playing the slapstick role of a suicidal Santa Claus who wants a wall to paint a mural on, gets hit over the head with a fruit cake, falls down steps, crashes into Christmas trees, overdoses on animal tranquillisers, seems to spend most of the film in hot pursuit of the heavily pregnant Gracie Juliette Lewis and gets mistaken for a cat. His name is Felix after all!!! Now, after all that, if you don't want to catch this film then that's your funeral or should that read fun-for-all!!!???! This film is worth watching. It's great Christmas fare that leaves you feeling all happy and smiley.
Watch it, Take a Deep Breath and Watch it Again (by callmecreative)
I saw this movie during its original theatrical release. I didn't care for it at the time. Years later I rented it and suddenly I understood. This movie is a FARCE. By definition it is supposed to be over the top and at times illogical. Anyone who has acted in a community theater production of a broad comedy will understand. The setting is limited. The characters are odd. There is a repetitive joke with a prop. The hero is flawed, but rises to overcome his weakness. As for this particular cast--watch the physical as well as the verbal humor. Steve Martin is an A list actor for "I <more>
don't know where I went wrong with my life" characters. Adam Sandler wasn't a big audience draw yet, but showed he could be an ensemble player. Madeline Kahn's response to the profane called is hilarious. I am not a Juliette Lewis fan, but what she does in this movie she does well. The dialogue is snappy and true. The action is fast. And the resolution is acceptable. Afterall, it's about Christmas. "This is the Miracle."
I love this movie! It's about as muddled and messed up as life gets.Most of us can identify with at least some aspect of this film, sit back and just enjoy the chaos.This is my second favorite Christmas-time movie, the first being the Vacation Christmas with Chevy Chase; another messy movie dealing with the holidays.Steve Martin is rather serious in this one, though he is still classic Steve, Madeline Kahn is excellent as the curmudgeonly Mrs. Munchnick, Rita Wilson is totally believable as Martin's love interest, and Liev Schreiber is hilarious as the cross-dressing <more>
"Arnie." But it's Juliette Lewis as Gracie, who steals the show. She is an absolute schizophrenic joy. Most everyone has at least one of her in their family, and the kids always hope they show up for the celebration.This is definitely the movie for those of you who are not wholly filled with the Spirit of Christmas as it's a rather dark comedy with a lovely, darkling, idiosyncratic wit.This movie rates an 8.2/10 from...the Fiend :.