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Mixed Nuts (1994)
Saving people from themselves on a crisis hot-line at Christmastime is the job of a crew of phone answerers who are in need of saving, from themselves.
As zany characters go, this was filled to the brim! An all-star cast includes Steve Martin displaying his talent at both underplay and physical humor, and the late, beloved Madeleine Kahn at her operatic best reminiscent of her great "Young Frankenstein". I am a fan of male actors in drag, and I truly have a new respect for Liev Scheiber as Christine. He is sweet, strong and unrecognizable in the role. Outstanding! Steven Wright and Gary Shandling do a couple of unforgettable short appearances, and Juliette Lewis is the only actress who could have been as effectively annoying against Anthony Paglia's madness. Definitely worth seeing at Christmas!
Maneater, TV movie, 2007 on SyFy
Gary Busey's recovery, after a serious accident, shows a little in his slow delivery, but is totally in character for a rural Appalachian sheriff faced with a wild animal loose on the Trail. I found it campy but very watchable. As a Busey fan, it is very satisfying. As a wildlife and locations fan, the husband and I thought it may have been filmed in North Carolina, as the setting is the Appalachian Trail that goes through the western part of the state. The swamps....in the mountains? I liked the supporting cast, relatively well-acted for a TV movie. All in all, there was enough gore and tongue-in-cheek reference to other wildlife- gone-awry films like "Jaws" and "The Ghost and the Darkness" to make this worth the two hours including endless SYFY channel commercials. I would rent it and watch so you can take a break when necessary.