The true story of John Romulus Brinkley, a small-town Kansas doctor who discovers in 1917 that he can cure impotence by transplanting goat testicles into men. And that’s just the tipping point in this stranger-than-fiction tale. With the balls of a P.T. Barnum, the gonads of goats, and the wishful dreams of flaccid men, Brinkley amassed a fortune, was almost elected Governor of Kansas, invented junk mail and the infomercial, and built the world’s most powerful radio station. By the time all of the twists and turns of Brinkley’s story are revealed, Nuts! certainly earns its title.


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  • ★★★½ review by davidehrlich on Letterboxd

    Once upon a time in American history (1918, to be precise), a man by the name of J.R. Brinkley got the bright idea that impotence could be cured by transplanting goat testicles into human bodies. The only thing crazier than his hypothesis was that people — thousands of them — actually believed him. As illuminating as it is immensely entertaining, Penny Lane's doc uses charming hand-crafted animation to trace how Brinkley ballooned a wacko epiphany into a vast media empire built on nothing but hot air. It's a chronicle of the American dream in action, and the fact that it's all true didn't stop Lane's film from ending with the best twist of this year's Sundance.

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  • ★★★★ review by Raul Marques on Letterboxd

    A film about America's finest invention, unless anyone tells you otherwise, branding narrative, put together as a sort diversely animated South Park special who's greatest achievement is incorporating aesthetically every bit of its subject matter wicked ingeniousness, even if the twist wouldn't necessarily come off as surprising.

  • ★★★½ review by Steven Cohen on Letterboxd

    Penny Lane's new documentary, Nuts!, is a profile of Dr. John Romulus Brinkley, a small-town doctor who claimed to discover the cure for impotence and was taken to task for the rest of his life for doing so. Lane pulls off an excellent magic trick with the way that she organizes the doc and its various twists and turns. It's a great investigation into truth and lies.

  • ★★★★½ review by Jaimie on Letterboxd

    This movie is so clever and the story is so wild, and it's kind of insane how much clear video and audio they were able to gather from 90-100 years ago.

    I keep telling people to watch this and no one will believe me but...seriously, you NEED to see this.

  • ★★★★ review by Kap 🏳️‍🌈 on Letterboxd

    Well, this was indeed Nuts!

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