Little Nicky

"Excellent"

Little Nicky Review


For better or for worse (mostly for the worse) Adam Sandler's back on the big screen. And it's pure, satanic family fun.

Little Nicky (Adam Sandler) is the devil's third---and least impressive---son. Bested in brains by his brother Adrian (Rhys Ifans) and in strength by his brother Cassius (Tiny Lester), Nicky finds little joy outside of hanging out in his hell-bound bedroom, banging his head to heavy metal favorites. That is, until his father's 10,000-year reign draws to a close and it's time to name the new ruler of Hades.

When the devil (Harvey Keitel) decides to continue his rule rather than bequeath the throne to one of his sons, Nicky's relief is palpable. (He knows full well the eternity of wedgies he might otherwise endure.) But Cassius and Adrian are not so agreeable, and they leap through the gates of Hell to wreak havoc on the unsuspecting world above. Now little Nicky must face his fears and unleash the evil within himself to save his father, and the world, from certain doom.

Perhaps the most amazing thing about the Adam Sandler phenomenon is the actor's wild popularity and box office success, in spite of a pronounced outward stupidity and total inability to act. Not unlike Mike Myers, Sandler is funniest at his absolute lamest extreme. Just as he reaches the zenith of idiocy, his humor becomes surreal and self-referential. He reflects each of us as grade school clowns, spewing milk from our spastic nostrils.

But Sandler's attention to comedic detail betrays a greater intelligence behind his work. As Nicky dons his hellish robes to greet his father, the robe itself is comedy, covered in heavy metal patches for Pantera, Iron Maiden, and the like.

Like any Adam Sandler movie, Little Nicky is a Saturday Night Live reunion, pulling cast members from as far back as the early eighties. The very first scene features Jon Lovitz peeping in on a panty-clad woman, Kevin Nealon stars as the boob-headed gatekeeper of Hell, Dana Carvey (as part of a carefully orchestrated--and probably doomed--comeback) appears as a possessed basketball referee, and the list goes on. What's more impressive is the caliber of Sandler's supporting cast, which includes Quentin Tarantino and Michael McKean in minor roles, and cameos by Ozzy Osborne, Henry Winkler, and Regis Philben. Make no mistake; these are not great performances. But these self-effacing appearances lend a depth and clarity to the film's humor that will assure it a place in cult history.

Ultimately, Little Nicky is a very stupid movie. And that's just the way we like it.

If you really like stupid stuff (and hey, this was the movie that New Line blamed its financial woes on), you'll love the Little Nicky DVD, which -- among a copious number of extras -- features 21 deleted/extended/alternate scenes -- including a slightly different ending plus one priceless outtake where the "girl dog" tries to mount Mr. Beefy. One documentary goes over the making of the film, one is a 17-minute discussion of heavy metal(???). For the Sandler-obsessed, two feature-length commentary tracks give you all the Little Nicky you could want, and more.

Nice rack.



Little Nicky

Facts and Figures

Run time: 90 mins

In Theaters: Friday 10th November 2000

Box Office USA: $38.5M

Budget: $85M

Distributed by: New Line Cinema

Production compaines: Happy Madison Productions, Avery Pix, New Line Cinema

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 4 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 22%
Fresh: 25 Rotten: 90

IMDB: 5.3 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Starring: as Nicky, as Valerie Veran, as Dad, as Adrian, as Cassius, as Lucifer, as Todd, as Peter, Jonathan Loughran as John, as Beefy, as Holly, as Referee, as Peeper, as Gatekeeper, as Chief of Police, as Himself, as Deacon

Contactmusic


Links


Advertisement

New Movies

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Movie Review

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Movie Review

After the thunderous reception for J.J. Abrams' Episode VII: The Force Awakens two years ago,...

Daddy's Home 2 Movie Review

Daddy's Home 2 Movie Review

Like the 2015 original, this comedy plays merrily with cliches to tell a silly story...

The Man Who Invented Christmas Movie Review

The Man Who Invented Christmas Movie Review

There's a somewhat contrived jauntiness to this blending of fact and fiction that may leave...

Ferdinand Movie Review

Ferdinand Movie Review

This animated comedy adventure is based on the beloved children's book, which was published in...

Brigsby Bear Movie Review

Brigsby Bear Movie Review

Director Dave McCary makes a superb feature debut with this offbeat black comedy, which explores...

Battle of the Sexes Movie Review

Battle of the Sexes Movie Review

A dramatisation of the real-life clash between tennis icons Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs,...

Shot Caller Movie Review

Shot Caller Movie Review

There isn't much subtlety to this prison thriller, but it's edgy enough to hold the...

Advertisement
The Disaster Artist Movie Review

The Disaster Artist Movie Review

A hilariously outrageous story based on real events, this film recounts the making of the...

Stronger Movie Review

Stronger Movie Review

Based on a true story about the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, this looks like one...

Only the Brave Movie Review

Only the Brave Movie Review

Based on a genuinely moving true story, this film undercuts the realism by pushing its...

Wonder Movie Review

Wonder Movie Review

This film may be based on RJ Palacio's fictional bestseller, but it approaches its story...

Happy End  Movie Review

Happy End Movie Review

Austrian auteur Michael Haneke isn't known for his light touch, but rather for hard-hitting, award-winning...

Patti Cake$ Movie Review

Patti Cake$ Movie Review

Seemingly from out of nowhere, this film generates perhaps the biggest smile of any movie...

The Limehouse Golem Movie Review

The Limehouse Golem Movie Review

A Victorian thriller with rather heavy echoes of Jack the Ripper, this film struggles to...

Advertisement
Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.