Some Kind of a Nut is some kind of a mess. It's a shame that any film that boasts direction and a screenplay by Garson Kanin and a star as personable as Dick Van Dyke should be an almost complete disaster. The majority of the blame must be placed squarely upon Kanin's shoulders; it's amazing that a man of his talent and experience could create a screenplay as stunningly inept as that which is foisted upon Nut. The premise -- that a man who grows a beard because of a bee sting on his chin is seen as a rebel and has his entire life turned upside down because of this -- is ridiculous; in order to work, there can be no false steps in either the writing or the directing. Unfortunately, Kanin the writer gets lost very early on, and Kanin the director seems to think the only way to get things back on track is to tell everyone to play it "zany." The result is a shambles from which precious few laughs emerge. Van Dyke is totally sunk by this, despite his willingness to pull every trick he can out of his bag; if some of the other members of the cast fare slightly better, it's only because their parts are smaller and less important. Nut is a regrettable waste of time and talent.