Little Nicky

Little Nicky

Steven Brill (2000)

86min
12 Certificate
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Our Score
This might be stupid, crass, vulgar and tasteless, but it is also - in places - gloriously funny. For the first time, comedian Adam Sandler gets to perform his trademark moronic shtick against a backdrop of visually imaginative production values and devilishly good special effects. Director Steven Brill's trifle won't win Sandler any new fans, but at least it has enough fantasy flair to give his detractors pause for thought. Complete with Waterboy-style speech impediment and contorted face, Sandler plays the son of Satan (Harvey Keitel), dispatched to Earth to bring his brothers (Rhys Ifans and Tommy "Tiny" Lister Jr) back to the underworld before they can gather up enough evil souls to stage a coup in Hades. That's all the plot this satire needs to allow Sandler to head-spin and fire-breathe his merry way through one satanic skit after another, taking in a talking bulldog (the best visual effect in the picture), two heavy metal head-bangers (the hilarious Peter Dante and Jonathan Loughran), numerous character morphs by his nasty siblings, gross bodily functions, trips to a Clueless heaven and overall spoof-Exorcist silliness. Bound to offend every minority group going, Little Nicky provides abundant lowbrow wit and a winning "take no prisoners" attitude that Sandler's admirers will adore. If you're not one of those, then either don't bother, or take cover!

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Cast & Crew

Nicky Adam Sandler
Valerie Patricia Arquette
Dad Harvey Keitel
Adrian Rhys Ifans
Todd Allen Covert
Cassius Tom "Tiny" Lister Jr
Gatekeeper Kevin Nealon
Peeper Jon Lovitz
Chief of police Michael McKean
Deacon Quentin Tarantino
Lucifer Rodney Dangerfield
Referee Dana Carvey
Henry Winkler Henry Winkler
Holly Reese Witherspoon
Director Steven Brill
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: EntertainmentGuidance: Edited for violence, Swearing, sex scenesAvailable on: video and DVDReleased on: 17 Nov 2000
Comedy Drama