-> ''"Just remember that in every pothole there is hope. Well, you see, pothole is spelled P-O-T-H-O-L-E. So if you take the P, and add it to the H, the O, and the E, and rearrange the letters, or contrariwise, you remove the O, T, and the L, you get "hope". So, just remember, in every pothole there is hope."''

Mixed Nuts is a 1994 holiday film. It was a remake of an 80s French comedy and starred SteveMartin, Rita Wilson, and the late great Madeline Kahn, among others.

The plot revolves around a suicide hotline, a serial killer, two broke lovers, an eviction notice, and a crossdresser who [[IJustWantToBeLoved just wants to be loved]]. The hotline is run by Philip, Catherine, and Mrs. Munchnik, and Catherine is in love with Philip. Even though it's Christmas eve, business is slow–the only calls they receive are either obscene or from people who are worried about a serial killer called the Seaside Strangler–and the hotline has been evicted from its apartment unless they can pay their rent. Meanwhile, Gracie and Felix, who are probably lovers though it is never confirmed, are expecting a baby but cannot afford to give birth in the hospital; Chris, a homosexual who is unafraid to wear a dress and beads in public, is looking for someone who will respect him for who he is. This film, especially the humor, is LoveItOrHateIt material, and while it originally bombed it is still loved by the cult, especially fans of the cast.

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* AskAStupidQuestion: Invoked by Catherine. In one scene, Philip attempts to extract Mrs. Munchnik from the elevator, but Gracie presses the call button and it slips out from under them, leaving them dangling from the side of the shaft at the risk of either falling or being crushed. Catherine's reponse? "Phillip, are you all right?"
-->'''Phillip''': "AM I ALL RIGHT? DO I LOOK LIKE I'M ALL RIGHT?"
* AttackAttackRetreatRetreat: "Hold onto my wrist! Hold onto my wrist–you're hurting my wrist!"
* AwayInAManger: Happens to Gracie.
* BlackComedy: A little too black, which is one of the reasons a lot of critics don't find it funny.
* BrickJoke: Just when you think you've forgotten about the fruitcake, there it is again.
** Also, of all things, the Seaside Strangler.
* ButtMonkey / TheChewToy: Mrs. Munchnik.
* TheCameo: Look closely at the young boy shouting "Mommy, it's Santa!" That's Haley Joel Osment.
** Victor Garber makes an off-screen cameo as an annoyed neighbor.
* TheCastShowoff: Adam Sandler wrote the song that he sings to Rita Wilson. Meaning he probably did his own playing on the ukelele as well.
** Also later in the movie, classically trained singer Madeline Kahn hears her fellow cast members singing "Deck the Halls" and decides to join in. Though since she's deliberately off-beat, it's more a combination of this and IronyAsSheIsCast.
* TheDoorSlamsYou: Mrs. Munchnik gets a concussion from this and is unconscious for a portion of the movie.
* DrivenToSuicide: The whole point of the hotline is to help people who are contemplating suicide. One caller phones them with a gun to his head; after Catherine is unable to hear him over the static, [[BlackComedy he shoots himself.]]
* ElevatorFailure: Possibly the [[strike: most]] only memorable gag.
* FelonyMisdemeanor: Dr. Kinsky's rant about how women put too many pillows on their beds.
* FinishDialogueInUnison: Happens during the title drop.
* ForInconveniencePressOne: Philip tries to call the Los Angeles Times editorial desk, but has trouble getting past the automated greeting.
--> "Thank you for calling the Los Angeles Times. If you would like to order a subscription, please press 1. If your newspaper did not arrive this morning, press 2. To place a classified ad, press 3. To speak to the editorial desk, city desk, national desk, international desk, sports desk, metro, view, or calendar sections, press the first three letters of the desk you desire, followed by the star key in the case of the first three or the pound key in the case of the latter five."
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Actually used cleverly in the soundtrack. When Mrs. Munchnik is riding the elevator, the song that plays is "I'll Be Home for Christmas," after which fate gives her immense trouble leaving the building throughout the rest of the movie.
* GrandmaWhatMassiveHotnessYouHave: "I am attractive, I suppose I do fit that part of the description, but I am NOT YOUNG. I have never been young, though I do look considerably–"
** "Will you ''knock it off?"''
* HelloNurse: "Catherine, is that–(deep voice) you?"
* HeyItsThatGuy: Let me see...we get a smarter [[TheJerk Navin Johnson]], [[YouDontMessWithTheZohan Zohan]] before puberty, [[Film/XMenOriginsWolverine Sabretooth]] in drag, a pregnant [[WhipIt Iron Maven]]...and [[Film/BlazingSaddles Lili von Schtupp.]]
* IJustShotMarvinInTheFace: Gracie [[spoiler: kills the landlord]] while trying to empty Felix's gun. [[spoiler: Turns out she accidentally killed the Seaside Strangler]].
* IJustWantToBeLoved: Chris, and to some extent, Mrs. Munchnik.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: A fruitcake comes in handy a couple times in the movie.
* InstantDeathBullet: [[spoiler: The landlord]] is instantly killed after Gracie accidentally shoots him through the door. It...[[ItMakesSenseInContext makes sense in context.]]
* LargeHam: Madeline Kahn officially out-hams Steve Martin. Seriously.
* TheLoad: Catherine, to an extent in one scene. Philip and Mrs. Munchnik are hanging inside the elevator shaft for dear life and she does nothing to try to help them. Instead she just stands outside and screams.
* LoveRedeems: Mrs. Munchnik noticeably becomes more pleasant after [[spoiler: she has sex on the beach with Mr. Lobel]].
* MyCarHatesMe: Happens to Mrs. Munchnik.
** After she gets it fixed, [[SteveMartin someone]] throws a fruitcake out the window and it just happens to hit her car.
* NoIndoorVoice: Gracie and Mrs. Munchnik both indulge in this, as well as Philip during one scene.
* NotWhatItLooksLike: After being told by Mrs. Munchnik that Philip had a visitor, Catherine finds a woman's cape in the apartment, leading her to believe that he was seeing a woman. Turns out, the cape was Chris's.
--> '''Catherine:''' "''That's'' who you were dancing with?"
--> '''Chris:''' "She insults me too. My god, if you don't have tits like Dolly Parton, nobody wants you."
* PetTheDog: Literally. Mrs. Munchnik begins as a dog hater, which Mr. Lobel complains about. Later, [[spoiler: after she has sex with him]], she gets down and pets his dogs.
--> '''Gracie:''' "They definitely did it."
* PottyEmergency
--> '''Catherine:''' "I called the landlord. He'll be here in two hours."
--> '''Mrs. Munchnik:''' "Two hours? I can't wait two hours! I have to go to the bathroom!"
** Guess who gets locked out.
* PrecisionFStrike: [[CrowningMomentOfFunny HEY DICKHEADS!!!!]]
* PrimalFear: A lot of what Mrs. Munchnik goes through gives you a few of these; enclosed spaces, heights, concussions, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking hard things falling from the sky]].
* RuleOfThree: The obscene caller calls three times, each handled a completely different way depending on the character.
** The first time:
--> '''Philip:''' "Stop this right now! We can't have this sort of thing!" (hangs up)
** The second time:
--> '''Gracie:''' "You know, you are a disgusting, sleazy, perverted-"
--> '''Mrs. Munchnik:''' "(takes the phone) I'm sorry, may I help you? The person you were just speaking with has not taken the Life Savers training program."
--> '''Caller:''' "Shut up, Grandma! I'm not busting your cherry!"
--> '''Mrs. Munchnik:''' Oh. I'm simply crushed. Here I've waited my whole life for you, and now you don't even want me. Do go on, I believe you were discussing my cherry? ([[HeadTiltinglyKinky dial tone]]) I am so good at this."
** The third time:
--> '''Caller:''' "May I speak to a woman? May I wish a woman merry Christmas?"
--> '''Chris:''' "You ''are'' speaking to a woman. ([[{{Squick}} dial tone]])"
* SheCleansUpNicely: Catherine after Gracie [[TheMakeover gives her a makeover.]]
* SuicideAsComedy
* TemptingFate: Mrs Munchnik: "No one comes here. This is an unlisted address." *doorbell*
* TheyLookJustLikeEveryoneElse The Seaside Strangler.
* TitleDrop: Philip's father was run over by a "truck full of mixed nuts."
* WaterWorks: Catherine is often driven to tears because of some of the phone calls.
* WhatIsThisFeeling: Philip engages in this after he starts to remove Catherine's dress.
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