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      06.07.2012 15:48
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      I have never been an Adam Sandler film and cringe at even a trailer for his film. I find him unfunny and a terrible actor. Especially his character in water boy. That film will scar me for life! However, yesterday I found myself popping this DVD in. I think it was mainly as I remember it slightly from when I was very little. Maybe from a time I didn't have such a dislike for him as I do remember enjoying it.

      --The story--

      Nicky is the son of the devil. One of 3 actually and it's come to the time to choose a new devil. When he then picks himself though Nicky is relieved, his brothers aren't. They escape from hell to then create hell on earth. Taking new forms such as a bishop and the major they begin to spread the sin. Its Nicky's job to get them back though doesn't understand how to survive on earth. He has help from his talking dog however and 3 followers he pick up along the way.

      --What I think--

      It was completely and utterly terrible and may not have been such a waste of my time as his other films however; my memory certainly gave me a different impression. I think that maybe I enjoyed it so much as I watched it at an age when adult subjects on a film was so rare to me that I found them funny.

      --The cast--

      Other than Adam Sandler, I can't say that I was very well casted. The actors didn't really do it for me and although had some better than average people in it they were given the right roles for them. The main woman especially.

      --would I recommend it--

      To any Sandler fans, yes. Seeing as I managed to finish the film without getting bored and turning it over, I'm assuming that this must be one of his 'good' films.

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      21.04.2010 22:54
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      Little nicky

      I bought this as my friend recommended it to me, I wasn't sure what to expect as although she loved it she was honest with me and said that a lot of the people whom she had watched it with hadn't actually liked it. Seeing as we both have quite similar tastes in films when I got back to uni we watched it together with a glass of wine.

      The film little Nicky is about the character Nicky (Adam Sandler). Nicky is one of three sons of the devil (Harvey Keitel) and we open with a meeting about to happen with the devil and his sons because he is thinking about retiring and choosing one of his sons to take over. The devil has reigned for ten thousand years and is thinking about choosing one of his sons to take over and rein hell for the next ten thousand years.

      The other two brothers are Adrian (Rhys Ifans) and Cassis (Tommy Lister), when the devil decides that he cannot pick which son that he wants to rule hell next and tells them that he has decided to do it himself. Adrian and Cassis are distraught by this and they decide that they want to leave hell to go to earth and to cause chaos there instead.

      This doesn't bode well for the devil as his sons leaving means that the gateway to hell is blocked, no new souls can get into hell which means that the devil starts to fall apart, literally, he starts to evaporate piece by piece. The only way that he can be saved is by Nicky, he has to go to earth and try and get his brothers to return to hell. The devil gives him a flask that he has to try and get his brothers to drink from so that he can capture them as they both have to come back at the same time. On earth Nicky is joined by a talking dog Mr Beefy (voiced by Robert Smigel) who has been sent to help him by his father.

      I actually really enjoyed this film; it is full of all the toilet humour that I find hilarious. I was a little disappointed by Adams Sandlers character, he seems to always play the same sort of character in each film that he does and this one was in no way a stretch for his acting skills.

      I really enjoyed the whole idea behind the storyline of this film, especially the whole comical content based around the whole dark idea of hell and also the family element of this film, the devil and his sons.

      One of the things that I particularly enjoyed was the whole idea behind the difference of living in hell and earth and the things that Nicky is taught by Mr Beefy. Eating, sleeping and going to the toilet being the kind of things that he has to be taught on earth! I also enjoyed watching Nicky sleep, which would be quite scary if you were his housemate!

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        03.03.2010 01:53
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        Overall, a confusing movie but ultimately not that bad

        This movie was heavily criticised when it was released in 2000 and I found it to be on all occasions I've watched it to be the strangest Adam Sandler movie I think he's starred in. When I first saw it way back when it came out I wasn't sure about it at all and now I've seen it a few more times it grew on me and I found it pretty entertaining. It's one of those movies which is so weird in parts you just can't look away.

        In the movie Little Nicky, Adam Sandler plays the son of Satan, and to be honest with you I think he makes the movie more interesting as he does with alot of films he's in. It is a strange premise and is about trying to save the life of his father Satan who is dying.

        As stated Adam Sandler stars as the son of Satan and all he wants to do is listen to his heavy metal music and mind his own business while trying to avoid his brothers Adrian (Rhys Ifans) and Cassius (Tom Lister Jr.)

        As the movie starts, we see that after ten thousand years it is now time for Satan to retire and for one of his sons to take over. The day the movie begins is the day he must make his choice who that is to be. Well it appears after all that, that Satan (Harvey Keitel) can't make his decision and instead decides to stay at his post for another ten thousand years. Nicky's two brother's are understandably by this and they decide to go to earth where they can reign supreme.

        So they leave Hell and seal the gateway so that no souls can enter and if no souls are coming in then Satan will die a slow and painful death. As he begins to fall apart literally piece by piece he sends Nicky played by Adam Sandler to earth to find his two brother's and bring them back to save his father.

        It was hard to understand at times in this movie what exactly was going on but I think if you can get the storyline and understand it all then you will enjoy it and there are some very funny moments in it. It was all a bit too weird for me I'm afraid so not my best Adam Sandler movie but not the worst.

        Overall I found the movie is entertaining, funny and well worth a look. However, be warned that you may find yourself more confused than when you started as it takes some getting used to. Fans of Adam Sandler will surely want to watch it to see what it's all about.

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        28.11.2009 16:51
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        A good Adam Sandler film.

        Little Nicky is an Adam Sandler film released in 2000 to a very poor critical reception. Despite this I used to absolutely adore this film back when I was 12/13 and watched it practically day. A little older and, unfortunately, a lot more cynical I can now view this film with a more critical eye. Therefore last night I sat down to watch Little Nicky praying and hoping that it would be the triumph that I remembered it as.

        The film tells the story of Nicky (Adam Sandler), a young, fairly introverted man who, like millions of teenagers loves heavy metal music and suffers constant torment at the hands of his elder brothers. However, Nicky has one major difference to most other adolescents; his father is the Devil (Harvey Keitel) and for our little hero home is Hell.

        As a result Nicky's elder siblings Adrian (Rhys Ifans) and Cassius (Tommy "Tiny" Lister) are a tad more evil than typical older brothers. After they hear the news that their father has decided to postpone his retirement as the keeper of Hell rather than standing aside to let either Adrian or Cassius take his place they go crazy. Filled with fury they leave the underworld to take over Earth and encourage all humans to become sinners. However, when they leave the gates of Hell are frozen and without any evil souls entering the Devil begins to die, wasting away limb by limb. Therefore it is left to Nicky to save the day, but will he be able to convince his wicked brothers to return to Hell before his father is gone for good?

        Little Nicky is a typical Adam Sandler film in the sense that it mixes great comedy with touching moments. The level of comedy is strong with some very funny quotable dialogue. However, don't go into the film expecting to be rolling on the floor with laughter as this simply isn't that kind of movie. That said it will definitely get you giggling if nothing else.
        The plot is fairly original and well-formed despite really being nothing more than a story of an unlikely hero. However, Sandler has given the film his own twist and the great combination of unique and eccentric characters gives this an edge over other films of the same genre. In addition to this there is also a love story running parallel to the main storyline which is both heart-warming and amusing.

        Adam Sandler, in my opinion, plays Little Nicky perfectly and the facial expression he pulls throughout, to demonstrate how he was hit in the face by a shovel as a younger boy, are hilarious. Sandler's manner of speaking could be annoying but actually comes across as rather endearing. Nicky is a character who it is easy to empathize with and every person watching will want him to succeed.

        Harvey Keitel is surprisingly funny in his role of the Devil and it makes a change from the parts I usually see him play. His comedy "sexy" dancing especially is very funny.

        Rhys Ifans plays the part of the more elegant, fiendish brother and is deliciously cruel in this role.
        Tiny Lister is also great as the tougher not quite as eloquent brother and is both amusing and quite intimidating at the same time.

        The special effects in the film vary in competence as I think the world of hell is quite realistic and believable as a dark and disturbing place. However, other props such as the Gates of Hell are much less impressive and look quite tacky and generally out of place in a Hollywood blockbuster. Obviously stunts and special effects have advanced significantly in the last ten years so the film can be forgiven for not shining in this area.

        Overall this is a good film with all that you would expect from Adam Sandler with a great comedic styling. I am still very partial to this film and I think it appeals to people as it shows home someone different to what society considers to be normal can be amazing, successful and respected. The combination of edgy comedy and that brilliant feel-good feeling makes Little Nicky an accomplished film.

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          15.11.2009 17:16
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          A must see if you want a good laugh

          This is an hilarious 2000 movie directed by Steven Brill.
          With Adam Sandler playing Nicky the son of Satan who is sent to Earth to find his 2 Brothers Cassius and Adrian who have escaped from their fiery home (Hell) and are intent on wrecking havoc on Earth.
          Satan their Father has decided that none of his 3 sons are good enough to take over his role so Cassius and Adrian want their own Hell on Earth.
          As the sons have left Hell the wall of fire that allows the chosen wrong doers into Hell freezes over will not allow any more souls in, as a result Satan starts to die and Nicky is the only one that can save him, armed with a flask to trap his Brothers in he will need all his wits to trap them and take them home.
          When Nicky dies on Earth he goes straight back to Hell which happens quite a lot.
          During his stay on Earth Nicky meets and falls in Love with Valerie and finds help in 2 devil worshipers who assist him in returning his brothers back to Hell.

          This is a real tonic if you are feeling down or have just had a rubbish day, guarenteed to make you laugh.
          With Patricia Arquette as the dippy Valerie and Harvey Keitelel as Nickys Dad there are some hilarious scenes.
          Currently available from Amazon U.K for £4.98 with free delivery.
          90 minutes of laughter.

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          29.09.2009 01:24
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          Silly but quite fun

          note: also appears in part on Flixster and The Student Room

          Adam Sandler is known for his daft and mostly very stupid comedies that are more "so bad it's good" than anything. Little Nicky is perhaps his best instance of this type of film, with Sandler playing his usual angry goofball self that learns life lessons and such.

          The film introduces us to three brothers - Adrian (Rhys Ifans), Cassius (Tom Lister Jr.), and Nicky (Sandler) - who are all the successor to the current Satan, Ruler of Hell (Harvey Keitel), but of course, who is going to rule now that his term is up? Satan decides to rule for another term himself, not believing that any of his sons could adequately maintain the balance between good and evil as he has been able to do so. Incensed, Adrian and Cassius decide to go to Earth and create their own "New Hell", corrupting as many souls as possible. The only person strong enough to stop them is Nicky, given how his father is now weakened after Cassius and Adrian froze the gate to Hell, preventing any new souls getting in. It's all up to Nicky now.

          Of course, Nicky has never been to Earth, so has to learn everything as a child wood. He does have some help, though - a talking dog called Mr. Beefy, and also he meets a young woman called Valerie Veran (Patricia Arquette), a strange woman who connects with Nicky and doesn't judge him despite his strange looks and odd accent. He also meets a few devil-worshipping stoners who appreciate his mission, and attempt to aid him in returning the brothers back to Hell in a hip-flask.

          A true guilty pleasure film. Completely off-the-wall, but I laughed. A lot. It also has a few nice cameos that I won't spoil, and some funny, if dumb sight gags.

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            23.11.2008 03:37
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            Little Nicky Not a fan

            This is a silly movie that I was not at all impressed with. I mean Adam Sandler definitely was funny in this film, but the concept of the movie was really stupid, so stupid that it was actually hard to watch. I did give it a chance, but after viewing it only once I will not be watching this film again.

            Adam Sander plays Little Nicky, who happens to be the youngest son of the devil. Satan, played by Harvey Keitel, Little Nicky's father has been contemplating the idea of retirement. In order to retire, Satan must choose which one of his sons he will choose to take over as the new prince of darkness. His choices consist of his son Adrian, played by Rhys Ifans, who is extremely ambitions, Cassius, played by Tommy Lister jr, who is extremely muscular and can give a good beat down, or Nicky, the accident prone one who would rather stay in his room listening to heavy metal than deal with the workings of the underground.

            After Satan weighs his options, he is not happy with them and decides to stay on as prince of darkness for another 10,000 years, hopefully enough time for his sons to get their acts together. This causes a major upheaval with the two brothers Adriane and Cassisus, who were looking forward to ruling the underworld. Adrian and Cassius leave the underworld and travel to New York, where they are determined to gather enough souls that will allow them to vote Satan out of power. Nicky is the only son left at home, so Satan sends his meek and unlikely son up to New York to stop his two crazy brothers before they cause too much damage.

            The rest of the movie shows Nicky in New York working up schemes to thwart his brothers plans, and in the process meeting a very lovely woman that he falls in love with.

            As I said earlier this movie is pretty dumb and really not worth an hour and a half of your life.

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              15.04.2008 18:52
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              great film, really funny and a fantastic storyline!!

              little nicky is a really funny film about a man called nicky (adam sandler) ,he is the son of the devil he goes to earth and meets a girl he likes and some cool friends too.
              in this film adam sandler puts on a really funny voice, what is suposed to of happend is that nicky was hit in the face with a shovel by one of hes evil brothers,nicky's brothers go mad when they find out that their dad the devil is not going to make any of them the new ruler of hell he was going to do it himself, at this point nicky's two brothers escape from earth and go to earth and cause a load of trouble...
              overall i would rate this film 10/10 10 i would reccomend it for anyone who has a good sense of humour as this film is really funny, this is a really old film but it is a classic from adam sandler!!

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                04.11.2007 15:27
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                A devilishly funny film with great lines and characters

                Just to get this straight before you read this review... I am a huge Adam Sandler fan... so there will not be too much criticism in it.

                Plot
                Nicky is the devils son, along with two others, Cassius and Adrian. Nicky is the 'nice one' and the others are scheming and evil but in a funny way. It becomes apparent that if the devils sons leave hell then then their father, the devil, will start to evaporate, piece by piece. Cassius and Adrian decide that they do not care and leave anyway and it becomes Nicky's roll to try and get them back to save his father. With the help of Mr. Beefy, a rather rude and hilarious dog, and other various characters Nicky has to overpower his two brothers to stop his fathers pending destruction, and with hilarious consequences.

                Characters
                My favourite character in this film would have to be Mr. Beefy, a rude dog that just makes me laugh out loud. The voice is played by Robert Smigel, but unfortunately for him I think the dog got most of the credit. So here is some for him. Well done Robert Smigel.
                Adam Sandler plays Nicky, a kind but naive guy who definitely gets a lot of laughs on earth with is weird and wonderful ways.
                Cassis is played by Tommy Lister, but personally I think Adrian (Rhys Ifans) is a better character. But however they both manage to make me laugh. As you can probably tell already this film does make me laugh a lot.
                DVD
                The DVD is definitely worth the money as it can be picked up relatively cheaply now as it was made in 2000, so therefore I think that £3 is a great price for a film that will make you wet yourself. The quality is very good aswell and also the special features. I haven't seen the video version so that's why I can't review it, but I do know the DVD version is great quality.

                Opinion
                Well so far I have only praised this film, and I am going to a bit more. First of all its side-splittingly funny. Secondly, it is very well put together. Lastly, I love it. There are many other things but I feel these are the most important for my review. To yours and also mine I am going to say one thing slightly against this film. Has anyone else noticed that Adam Sandler always seems to play the same part. A nice, laid-back funny guy who makes everyone laugh. Im not complaining as this is what he does best, but I wouldn't mind seeing him do something else. That's the only bad thing you will ever hear me say about this film.

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                  01.11.2005 17:28
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                  I love Adam Sandler but this is far from his best movie

                  I borrowed this film because I think Adam Sandler is a really funny actor but when i watched it I didn't think it was his best movie so far even though it did have many elements of comedy.

                  The plot was a bit pointless, His dad is disintergrating because his brothers have left hell to go to earth. While they are on earth they are trying to take over by evil destroying good. It is Little Nickys job to get both of his brothers in a flask to return them to hell at the same time.

                  Even though Adam Sandler is the main character his brothers and the dog seem to play equal parts. The dog is funny bacause it talks but also has a serious side as it is Little Nickys guardian in a way. It is clear the dog has more brains than Little Nicky but it is one of many parts Adam Sandler has played the stupid character.

                  It is a typical Adam Sandler movie because he is stupid, talks and walks funny because his brother hit him with a shovel, this is also typical of his character because it is another one where he plays the shyer, weaker character who gets bullied by the stronger characters in the story.

                  His brothers have always lied to him who his mother was but in the film he finds out his mother was an angel when he is sent to heaven.

                  The effects were good because most of the characters were strange as they were living in hell like they had added horns or even boobs on their heads this added to the comedy of the film.

                  Like in most films there was romance in the air, when 'Little Nicky' falls in love with a geeky girl who had never been loved before, but his brother messes it all up for him because Little Nicky's brothers have the ability to posses people. This is how they are ruling earth.

                  Overall I wouldn't watch this film again as it wasn't brilliant, it was ok to watch once. So if I was a potential buyer I wouldn't purchase the film I would either rent it or borrow it from someone.

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                    21.01.2004 04:07
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                    Lock away your daughters because Adam Sandler's back in town and ready to do his business. Now, just like Mike Myers, Jim Carrey and Richard Gere(!), Sandler is definitely a case of love him or hate him, but nothing (literally nothing) in between. He's a taste which it is difficult to acquire unless you like pathetic, babyish, toilet humour (now that's the most subtle of hints as to the way I feel about things and you know the way that this is going to go). It's big, it's bold, it's brash, it's completely over the top and in yer face and very, very unpleasant. Little Nicky is just standard Sandler, with no deviations apart from the obvious ones and he's in completely manic, face pulling, pant wetting stupidit mode. Now when you're aged between six and fifteen this can all be hilariously amusing and provoke endless hours of copy cat antics, but you soon get very drained with the impressions of tits on the head and playful titty twist, or at least I do - perhaps you're different. That said, there are at least some redeeming features, in that Little Nicky does enjoy the contribution (albeit cameo in some cases) of several big names such as Harvey Keitel as Satan, Rodney Dangerfield as Lucifer, Ozzy Osbourne as himself, Dan Marino as himself, Henry Winkler as himself and Rhys Ifans as bad guy Adrian, and they do okay, but sincerely this film is all about Sandler and his very peculiar world view - I don't but you might. SUBTLE JUST AIN'T THE WORD Synopsis - Sandler is Little Nicky the son of Satan. His two nasty brothers are off on a scam to take over the world (what else?) and Nicky has to go and capture them otherwise Dad will die because no more souls will be admitted to Hell. And so on, with endless hilarious results (or not). As far as extra features go with the DVD they're pretty good, but do largely depend on whether you like Sandler or not. You
                    get audio commentaries from Sandler, co-writer Tim Herlihy and director Steven Brill, but they're obviously in love with themselves and each other that there's nothing particularly good here to enjoy. Then you get more contributions from some of the stars, such as Ozzy, but again it's a total love fest for having a ball. Then you get 20 minutes or so of Adam Sandler Goes To Hell which is quite good and more than you would normally expect from a DVD (damned with faint praise) For the heavy metal pinheads out there then comes Satan's Top 40 and then... Editor's note, no I'm sorry, I don't like talking about DVD's, because people keep telling me to offer details about the DVD not the extras, and in general I just find all this so much frippery and marginal rubbish - if you like the film you'll like the extras, if you don't like the film you won't - just check them out yourself - the rest goes like this - Production interviews Music Video - POD - School of Hard Knocks Deleted scenes Trailers Interactive features Blah Blah Bleeding BLAH I'm now getting tired and irritable, which is exactly how Mr Sandler invariably leaves me feeling - he was okay in Anger Management, and generally when he's restrained or controlled by someone who knows what they're doing, but when given free rein as he is here, he just can't exercise any self discipline whatsoever - he's all over the place and out of the control and reminds you of a particularly bad drugs trip - this film is a big splurging heap of prepubescent toilet humour and big noisy Yanks - I've had enough and I hope I never have to sit anything like this again - EVER! ENJOY (you fools) PS By the way, Sandler's twisted face throughout this entire godforsaken error of a film might be a tribute to his stamina, but I find it just grating and unpleasant, like much of his poore
                    r work. Come on Nicky, YOU CAN DO IT....

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                      20.07.2002 05:29
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                      Cometh the hour, cometh the man. Nine o'clock most evenings during the week on Sky Movies family the spawn of Rupert Murdoch has a nasty habit of presenting the re-runs of all the films which they've premiered on the weekend, and invariably those that are the very, very worst get repeated over and over again. Which brings us round to the subject of Adam Sandler, who tends to have something of a monopoly of peak viewing times on the boring nights with his particular brand of asinine humour, to whit The Water Boy, Big Daddy and Little Nicky. Rarely has there been a collection of films featuring a single actor which have had less going for them. Inevitably, however, in Chez dave27, we're forced to sit through this dross time and time again because of the whinging and moaning of the dave27-ettes who find this stuff dreadfully endearing. Huh... more fool them, because this catalogue sucks big time. And without doubt, the oafish Little Nicky is the worst of the bunch. Sandler's playing his customary role of loser who wins through in the end, and this time he's the geeky son of Satan, played by Harvey Keitel. What story there is revolves around Little Nicky having to conquer his older and much more unpleasant brother Adrian in order to prevent Dad from literally wasting away, leaving the way clear for the arrival of a new world order. Outlandish, eh? Yeah, and things get a great deal worse as this shallow little piece provides the foundation for a series of very naff set pieces which kids find fascinating while anyone with any IQ or taste whatsoever will absolutely detest. Unfortunately, I find myself coming over all incoherent and unnecessary when I think about this film and I?m almost certainly going to start rambling pretty damn soon. American humour has never really appealed to me, with its dubbed laughter, unfunny jokes and saccharine sweet main characters. What makes thos
                      e who dabble in such things even more reprehensible is that they sincerely believe that they're actually extremely funny. About as funny as tooth ache I'm afraid, and Sandler is one of the very worst exponents. Why then is Sandler so bloody popular at the box office? Dunno and don't care? To summarise, Little Nicky is an extremely irritating way to spend an hour and a half or so. You'll find yourself wishing that you had died and gone to hell more often than Sandler actually manages it, but sadly there?s no end to the torture for all who dare enter here. I've only rarely seen any film which has so little worthwhile about it.

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                        03.07.2002 17:05
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                        • "Bad film is not slightly drunk"

                        If you see a movie starring Adam Sandler then you'll probably know what you're going to get. I'm no big fan of the man, I've seen some of his stuff on Saturday Night Live in the US and it was amusing. I've seen The Waterboy and overall that was a bit of a lame movie. However I did like The Wedding Singer purely because it was celebrating as well as taking the mick out of the eighties. I'd heard Little Nicky was a bit of a turkey but at only ninety minutes long I thought it's showing on Sky Movies was something involving minimal risk. Well I can see why a lot of people think the movies a bit crap. I have to say though that I laughed at quite a few things in this movie although I must add I had been drinking slightly beforehand. Sandler play's Nicky, the son of Satan (Harvey Keitel). Nicky's a bit of a simple boy who's constantly living in the fearful shadow of his two older brothers (Rhys Ifans & Tiny Lister). When Satan announces he's to continue his reign of hell the two brothers go off on their own to create hell on earth. However their exit from hell has left the doors to hell closed and Satan starts to slowly die. It's up to Nicky to go to New York and capture his two brothers therefore bringing peace back to Hell and saving his father. Of course in New York he has to contend with utter chaos, a love interest and his only help is a talking bulldog. The story is wafer thin and some of the characters are just plain annoying. It also doesn't help that some of the cameo's are solely for the american market so people from other countries won't really get the joke at all. However whenever you get lines like "Popeye's chicken is fu**ing awesome!" you can't help but laugh. There's also various scenes of dog's peeing and kids vomiting. Meanwhile Sandler goofs around with a silly voice that actually get's some laughs unlike the tiresome stupid voice adopte
                        d in The Waterboy. The whole thing is staged in a very slap dash manner but ultimately I had a good time but completely forgot it afterwards. What you need is some spirited lurication before watching this, it also helps to disengage your brain completely. I'm sure if I was in a sane mind then I would thin this film was complete garbage. In retrospect it really is but if a comedy make's you laugh more than a few times then it's done it's job. The film does manage to waste Keitel as Satan and perhaps he may have just done it for the money but he seems to be having fun. Of course any film that has a cameo from the unintentional comedy genius Ozzy Oscbourne is worth anybody's time.

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                          13.03.2002 14:54
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                          I wouldn't say that I was an enormous fan of Adam Sandler but its tough to deny that the guy has produced some of the funnier movies in recent years. Happy Gilmore was funny, The Wedding Singer cute and raised a smile in parts, Big Daddy watchable and Billy Madison I found hilarious but I'm probably in the minority there. Even when he has made a movie which is less impressive it has still offered a few giggles...until this one. Little Nicky is more annoying than funny which is a great shame because the old devil thing is certainly a rich picking ground for gags a plenty when handled correctly. This time dear old Satan is taking stock of 'life' and deciding that perhaps after 10,000 years of sitting upon the throne of pain as king of hell that maybe its time he retired, abdicating the responsibility to one of his three sons. 10,000 years without a holiday is a little tough going on anyone, even the most evil being on(or under) the Earth. Taking stock though he is presented with a problem - his first two sons Cassius and Adrian are just FAR too evil to be given the job(huh?) and Nicky...well Nicky is too much of a pansy to be considered so he figures he'll just have to carry on for another 10,000 years and think again. Enraged by this Cassius and Adrian storm out of hell slamming the doors closed behind them intent on creating their own hell on Earth - naturally they pick New York(according to one friend of mine from the Deep South they wouldn't have too much work to do ;o). Their leaving poses a problem though because it leaves Satan incredibly weakened, so much so that unless they return he will expire within a week leaving Hell without a ruler which would be catastrophic. it is up to the sissy devil Nicky to bring them back or all hell will break loose... Yup thats right - an awful lot of plotting there for a comedy and thats no doubt one of the reasons why Little Nicky falls down. A lot of time is spent on building the plo
                          t at the expense of gags. When the gags do arrive it is as if they have been thrown in and are of the kind which do not really fit, but the ones you expect from an Adam Sandler movie - its like they have been added because thats what the audience expects. On th comic front its all rather lacklustre and the timing is all wrong. The gags could have worked, in fact they should have worked, but there is just something very 'wrong' here. That is not to say that there are not a few laughs to be had, but considering the gaps between them, they are very 'muted' and a little forced. As with all Sandler's movies there is a mix of slapstick and gross-out humour of the kind seen in American Pie and a million other teen comdies in recent times. The slapstick fails miserbly here but if you like gross-out comedy then there are a few laughs to be had from that quarter. You have to question gross-out humour now though, its getting a little tiresome in my eyes to keep seeing scriptwriters trying to shock their audience into a laugh rather than coming up with funny gags. A wheelchair basketball team careering out of control down a hill into a bus is shockingly bad taste, but its not going to shock anyone anymore, nor raise too many laughs. Groans are what the movie raised most amongst those I watched with which for me kills the movie immediately. A comedy makes you laugh or it doesn't. if it doesn't then it has failed in its job of entertaining - Little Nicky fails to raise more than the occassional giggle and just two laugh-out-loud moments. I'd call that a failure. On that note its almost pointless to talk about the rest of the movie - a comedy which isn't funny and which relies upon a constant barrage of laughter to paper over the enormous lack of decent characters, interesting storyline etc. is a flop and nothing can save it. It doesn't matter how good the acting special effects etc. is when the movie falls down on its fundamental r
                          aison d'etre. Incidentally however the special effects are no doubt the best you've seen in a comedy movie for some time, hell looking all very fiery, heaven all very 'heavenly' and there is some very interesting use of CGI as well...its the first time you'll see computer generated urine and vomit anyway! I suppose that might make it worth watching if you are an enormous movie anorak.... On the acting front its all very much of a muchness. Harvey Keitel tries hard in the role of Satan but you have to ask yourself what the hell he is doing here in a movie like this anyway! Adam Sandler is not exactly on top form, in fact to say that he was bloody annoying throughout wouldn't be an understatement. For reasons best known to himself he decided to put on this incredibly annoying vocal style for the entire movie which becomes annoying after the second sentence and makes you want to rip his tongue out of his head and feed it to his dog guide after ten minutes just to shut him up! 'Annoying' just doesn't cover how excruciatingly irritating it is and makes you wonder why no one on the film set pointed out that perhaps this wasn't the best voice to be using. Speaking of the dog - he is the star of the show, a talking canine has the best gags...says it all perhaps. Alongside these there are cameos by Ozzy Osborne(Nicky loves heavy metal), Rodney Dangerfield(Satan's father), John Lovitz, Michael McKean and the consitently awful Quentin Tarrantino who proves once again that no matter what the role, his acting abilities does in no way match the size of his ego. Reese Witherspoon is here though as Nicky's mother and her presence is always nice for us lads ;o) Its a shame that Little Nicky isn't a better movie because it is certainly a different approach than the usual kind of thing we are used to from Adam Sandler - perhaps the first step onto more serious acting, certainly an attempt to branch out. In some way
                          s it has that 'Cable Guy' feel about it, Sandler following in Jim Carey's footsteps with similar disasterous results. Things got better for Carey though(so I'm told - hah!) whilst Sandler seems to have disappeared into a corner to lick his wounds after this disasterous offering. Amazing how the work just disappears after just one cinematic flop. Little Nicky isn't the worst comedy of recent times(Scary Movie 2 springs to mind as being worse) but its also not that funny either and Sandler's character is seriously aggravating to the point where your fingers will be itching for the mute button on the remote everytime he comes on screen - ie. 99% of the time. I'm all for a little classless comedy myself, but it has to be funny and sadly Little Nicky doesn't quite make it to the heady heights of 'funny' on all but a few occassions. One best avoided - no doubt it'll be on terrestrial tv around Christmas or Easter time when Channel 4 decides to show another inappropriate selection of movies so wait 'til then if you really must see it.

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                            If you have read my Happy Gilmore review, you would know that I think Adam Sandler is an awesome actor. Well I also think he is pretty funny in this film too. Through out the whole film he has to put on a fake voice because his brother cassius has hit him over the face with a shovel so people call him shovel-face. Nicky is the son of the devil and a brother to two guys also the son of the devil. It’s hard to explain but the sons of the devil think that hell is boring so they want to build their own heaven on earth. They jump out of the gate way to hell which stops people coming in to hell, so Nicky’s father, the devil, starts to fall apart. The only way Nicky can save his dad is to put cassius and Adrian (his brothers) in a bottle for the rest of eternity. Of course, Nicky knows nothing about earth and he dies a few times but he is the son of the devil so he can just go back up to earth. He meets up with one of his dad’s friends, who is a talking dog, and they stay in a flat with this actor bloke. He spends a lot of time eating pop eyes chicken, sleeping and trying to catch his brothers. Along the way he meets these two Satanists and a girl who he falls deeply in love with called valentine. If you have read any of my other reviews you would know that I never tell the outcome of the film. Little Nicky can be funny but also boring and the actors perform superbly. It’s also quite emotional and it gets a bit repetitive with all the running around. It’s quite well put together but a lot of the back rounds they just used screens and placed back rounds behind them. There are some really funny moments like devils can control peoples mind and Adrian controlled Nicky to swear at valentine and there are moments where it’s just not funny. Not one of Adam Sandlers best films.

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                            In Little Nicky, Adam Sandler plays the sweetest of three sons of Satan (Harvey Keitel), who's got to go to Earth and retrieve his nasty, power-hungry brothers lest they take over Hell and make it a thoroughly evil place. As with Sandler's other films, this weird premise (based oh-so-loosely on King Lear) is just an excuse to trot out a hodgepodge of comic bits and cameo performances. Admittedly, a lot of the jokes don't work (there was no need to repeat the one about shoving a pineapple up Hitler's ass) but the ones that do tend to be more memorable than the ones that don't, making for a pretty funny movie, when all is said and done. Sure, it's hard to overcome Sandler's speech impediment du jour, not to mention that romantic subplot with Patricia Arquette but it can be done by focusing on the brilliant cameos by Regis Philbin, Reese Witherspoon, Ozzy Osborne, and Henry Winkler (especially when he's covered with bees), as well as one of the funniest uses of a scene from De Palma's Scarface in years. Supporting Sandler throughout are two very funny heavy metal disciples and a bulldog named Beefy (voiced by Robert Smigel, the man behind Triumph the Insult Comic Dog). And, in an almost unrecognisable cameo, that's Clint Howard as the cross-dressing fetishist named "Nipples".--Andy Spletzer, Amazon.com