"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 Steve Martin, 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 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 Love It or Hate It material, and while it originally bombed it is still loved by the cult, especially fans of the cast.
Ask a Stupid Question...: 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?"
The Cameo: 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.
The Cast Showoff: 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 Irony As She Is Cast.
The Door Slams You: Mrs. Munchnik gets a concussion from this and is unconscious for a portion of the movie.
Driven to Suicide: 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, he shoots himself.
For Inconvenience, Press "1": 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.
Large Ham: Madeline Kahn officially out-hams Steve Martin. Seriously.
The Load: 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.
Love Redeems: Mrs. Munchnik noticeably becomes more pleasant after she has sex on the beach with Mr. Lobel.
After she gets it fixed, someone throws a fruitcake out the window and it just happens to hit her car.
No Indoor Voice: Gracie and Mrs. Munchnik both indulge in this, as well as Philip during one scene.
Not What It Looks Like: 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."
Pet the Dog: Literally. Mrs. Munchnik begins as a dog hater, which Mr. Lobel complains about. Later, after she has sex with him, she gets down and pets his dogs.