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Little Nicky
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by Greg Muskewitz

"Freakier than fun. Sandler rules the week's releases."
4 stars

How scary is that? How scary is knowing that an Adam Sandler movie is the most recommendable thing of the week? "The best new release." I'm shivering, but you just can't see it. A couple weeks ago, I got sent up to L.A. to catch an early screening of this and then attend a Q&A with Sandler, Patricia Arquette, director Steve Brill, and a couple of other castmates. Without question, they're a fun group of people --especially Arquette ("Nader's in the house!"), who is one of my favorite actresses. And if there's one thing that's apparent from their real personalities, it carried over into "Little Nicky."

Adam Sander is Little Nicky, one of the three sons of the current devil (Harvey Keitel --his father: Rodney Dangerfield). The other two, Adrian (Rhys Ifans) and Cassius (Tommy "Tiny" Lister) are the big baddies, while Nicky is a nerd with a dorky haircut, and smashed/twisted face who listens to heavy metal music alone in his room. When "Dad" announces he's not going to overturn the thrown to any of them for another 10,000-year rule, Adrian and Cassius blow Hell to create havoc on Earth.

However, that will prompt the equilibrium of good and evil to be thrown off and for their dad to deteriorate (but not as badly as the cast from "Requiem for a Dream"), so "Dad" sends Nicky to Earth to retrieve them. On his Earthbound days (or New York-bound days), he's guided by a bulldog named Beefy, rooms with an actor (Allen Covert), and falls in love with a geeky fashion student named Valerie (Arquette). Accoutered in a giant pillow-jacket and gloves to keep warm from the "streets" of NY, the race is on before the devil is just a pair of lips.

One thing that gets "Little Nicky" farther than all of Sandler's other movies (with the exception of "The Wedding Singer") is the setting forth of a concept --other than that of an over extended SNL sketch-- and keeping constant with it. "Little Nicky" is by no means brimming with high-concept or skill, but it pushes onward, smirking and happily. It certainly is crude and crass, but the wide variety of offerings works.

Maybe the problem with Sandler's movies is that he doesn't have the right leading ladies. We all know that Drew Barrymore was the key to universality in "The Wedding Singer," but Sandler was also at his charming best without making dumb facial features and annoying voices. Even though he reverts to them here, the voice and twisted physiognomy wears thin on nerves, but with the presence of Arquette, itís a lot more appealing. The sad thing is, as word of mouth has it (that is, from acquaintances' mouths to my ears) this looks stupid --all that assessed just from the TV preview. Where were they for the preview (or moreover, the movie) of "Big Daddy" or "The Waterboy?" The ever-persistent Sandler lassoes enough talent to make this work! (Cameos and bit parts include: Peter Dante, Reese Witherspoon, The Harlem Globetrotters, Clint Howard, Dana Carvey, Jon Lovitz, Kevin Nealon, Michael McKean, Quentin Tarantino, Carl Weathers, Rob Schneider, John Witherspoon, Lewis Arquette, Henry Winkler, Ozzy Osbourne, Regis Philbin, Sylvia Lopez, etc.)

Witherspoon, as a boppy angel ("God's so smart! Like, 'Jeopardy' smart!"), is probably the best surprise, but Tarantino, and plenty others, along with the silly gags and situations, is enough to garner some juvenile entertainment and amicability.

Arquette was definitely underused, and that was disappointing! After seeing her in so many chameleon-like roles, this was a stretch enough for her. The role was too underdeveloped and superficial, but when the script gave her the opportunity, she was quite funny. However, Arquette's presence was enough to sustain my satisfaction, no matter how temporarily.

One other mentionable benefit was Theo Van de Sande's cinematography. The colors he chose to shot this in, particularly the clear pastels, looked great, and the visual effects and production design were also fun.

Final Verdict: B-.

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User Comments

3/08/17 Louise (the actual one) The trailer alone was enough to make me think: AVOID. 1 stars
3/02/14 matthew thompson dalldorf Funny...on occasion. 2 stars
12/21/10 Josie Cotton is a goddess Great cast, if only it had some good gags to go along with it 2 stars
9/08/09 art THIS MOVIE IS SICK! 1 stars
3/02/09 Samantha Pruitt pretty funny, but i always love Adam! 4 stars
11/30/08 solo if u didnt enjoy this movie u got no sense and no humor, and no sense of humor. 4 stars
2/08/07 Raph Branca This film has a bad rap but it is actually quite enjoyable. 4 stars
7/08/06 NS I watched it on TBS at 3:00 AM, it was funny. 3 stars
5/02/06 Anthony Feor The movie is funny the first time, after that, you're asleep 1 stars
3/05/06 matt Oh come on! this movie was funny 5 stars
2/27/06 Steven Lewis dark humor is always fun. 4 stars
8/12/05 ES little nicky=a let down and garbage 1 stars
6/20/05 R Adam Sandler says, "Wow, you'll watch anything!" 1 stars
5/25/05 The shizz "popeye's chicken is the shizznet" funniest line ever said. I cried 5 stars
4/26/05 E-FUNK People who enjoy this disease-on-film should not be allowed to procreate. 1 stars
3/29/05 Lyn i didnt stop laughing 5 stars
2/21/05 Dan Funny as hell, lmao. 5 stars
1/28/05 Jack Scallops Funny as hell 3 stars
9/27/04 Archanist_101 "It's Ozzy!" "HOLY SHIT!" 5 stars
7/24/04 Sandy Turynowicz funny 4 stars
7/20/04 godan what were you thinking... bleh 1 stars
5/29/04 J OUTRAGESLY and OBNOXIOUSLY FUNNY!!! *** 1/2 out of 4 5 stars
4/20/04 LIAM JACKSON this was funny. anyone who doesn't like it has no sense of humour 5 stars
3/20/04 Jack-pyschO-Lantern FUNNY AS... Well you get the picture. 5 stars
8/16/03 bit this is a pretty funny movie,worth renting,adam sandler is as funny as hell 4 stars
8/02/03 Double G bad movie, Reese Witherspoon SUCKS!!! 1 stars
7/04/03 T3 Ozzy O's scene ruled, the bat, its Ozzy....that was the high point of the movie 3 stars
5/22/03 fartzrgood movie aint funny. sandler aint funny. Fartz are funny. 1 stars
5/12/03 Jareth Reese Witherspoon is so bad, she makes Liz Hurley look like the next Audrey Hepburn. 1 stars
4/12/03 Jack Sommersby Lots of ideas, not one of them funny. Damn near unwatchable. 1 stars
3/27/03 Tim Baker IT Was Funny 5 stars
3/17/03 Peter This movie just sucked... only funny thing is Sandler's accent here... 1 stars
2/22/03 Jon nothing spectacular 4 stars
2/16/03 Lee WORST...COMEDY...EVERRRR! 1 stars
1/06/03 Kyle Ugh.... just.... ugh.... 2 stars
11/09/02 Michael Bolton This movie is terrible, adam sandler sucks 1 stars
7/31/02 KMG USUAL SANDLER SHIT 1 stars
7/02/02 hghjhjhjghhj Clerks and Monty Python are real comedies. This is comedy for morons. 1 stars
5/15/02 vixenJ Oh my god!lesson to parents do not let your kids see this!Adrian is DD handsome ! 5 stars
3/18/02 Butterbean This was an okay flick. Not as bad as critics say 4 stars
3/08/02 Liza Blashkey this movie is so fucken cool! u should make a l.n #2 5 stars
2/08/02 Valerie Cameron Tied with BILLY MADISON for Adam Sandler's best chick flick 5 stars
1/09/02 auroradae adam sandlers finest masterpiece, truly under appreciated 5 stars
1/02/02 Mr. Hat (formerly Joe Zappa) Good calls, Jeremy! All of Adam Sandler's movies kick ass. He hasn't and never will flop! 4 stars
11/26/01 Will Diamond Poop... but funny poop 3 stars
11/11/01 P.Rodriguez SHITE! 1 stars
11/08/01 Hum its an adam sandler movie. its pretty much what you would expect 2 stars
9/25/01 Shane Robert Myers!!!!!!!!!!!!!! He's from the south, the deep south. Sandler will make you piss yourself laughing!!!!!!!!!! 5 stars
9/07/01 darrin perrone what load of shit.Adam Sander what were u thinking.Totally shit 1 stars
8/19/01 LawHog24 Better than I expected, but that isn't saying a whole lot. Even so, Sandler's best, I think 4 stars
8/09/01 E-Funk I would like to beat the shit out of everyone involved in making this cluster-fuck. 1 stars
8/07/01 Mr. Hat Not bad. Adam Sandler, the dog, that one guy, and Quentin Tarantino R cool. 4 stars
7/26/01 Denz :) 5 stars
7/24/01 Monday Morning This makes "Water Boy" seem intelligent. 1 stars
7/23/01 D.R. Funny, but no Waterboy or Wedding Singer, not even Big Daddy 4 stars
7/04/01 Piz Certainly not the funniest Sandler film, but some parts had me rolling. 3 stars
6/25/01 Tzila Seewald It's so funny movie! Adam Rocks! 5 stars
6/07/01 King Jackass Strictly for die-hard Sandler fans. But I'm a die-hard Sandler fan, so THIS MOVIE RULES! 5 stars
6/05/01 Peter Brook What a pitiful, hopeless attempt at humour. Sandler is the most irritating actor EVER. 1 stars
5/04/01 roby lafon another adam sandler good 5 stars
2/03/01 cami Fisher soooooo FUNNY!!!!!!!!!!! 5 stars
1/12/01 Matt69 Adam Sandler is so fucking annoying. 2 stars
12/22/00 Viking To hell with this baloney !!! 2 stars
12/11/00 bobby sucks 1 stars
12/08/00 Robynn hilarious 5 stars
12/03/00 Sarah eh . . . 3 stars
11/23/00 A.K. You have to be retarded to like this movie. I have no idea why people like this. 1 stars
11/22/00 Bill Neal I'm drunk!! Pass the JD!! I've got an erection...come here Joanne!! 1 stars
11/20/00 Finity this movie was boring and stupid and had very few funny scenes 2 stars
11/18/00 The Bomb 69 not bad but Sandler seems to be getting progressively worse with each movie 4 stars
11/18/00 Edward A Leonard Split on this one, yes plot sucks, but some funny weed jokes, if you liked, see Half-Baked. 3 stars
11/17/00 Johnny Figaro Desperately unfunny. Among the year's worst in a year with lots of bad movies 1 stars
11/16/00 Heather Adam Sandler gets $20m, you get a shitty movie 1 stars
11/14/00 bee Least funny Adam Sandler voice yet. Jokes get old quick. 1 stars
11/13/00 Boy In The Designer Bubble Satan once again has the last laugh. SUCKERS 1 stars
11/13/00 Gray Another shit Adam Sandler vehicle. Better than Big Daddy, but shitter than Waterboy. 1 stars
11/13/00 Stuntman shit on theaters, good when it gets released on video and DVD 3 stars
11/11/00 Greyjack A few laughs, but not that many. Go rent The Waterboy instead; wait for Nicky to hit video 3 stars
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