Violent, Sacrilegious, Comic Sandblast
Release Date: November 10, 2000
Starring: Adam Sandler, Patricia
Arquette, Harvey Keitel, Rhys
Ifans, & Tom ‘Tiny’ Lister
Audience: Teenagers & adults
Runtime: 84 minutes
Distributor: New Line Cinema
Director: Steven Brill
Executive Producer: Adam Sandler, Michael De Luca
& Brian Witten
Producer: Robert Simonds & Jack
Writer: Tim Herlihy, Adam Sandler &
Address Comments To:Robert Shaye, CEO
New Line Cinema
116 North Robertson Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
After reigning for ten-thousand years in hell, Satan has decided that it is time for one of his three sons to inherit the throne. Adrian (Rhys Ifans of THE REPLACEMENTS) and Cassius (Tiny Lister of NEXT FRIDAY) are ready to take on the position, while their younger brother, Nicky (Sandler), knows they will tease him either way, and he doesn’t care either way.
When Satan decides none of the boys are ready for the responsibility, Adrian and Cassius decide to leave hell and go to earth. They leap through the wall of fire, freezing it on their way. This puts Satan into a deteriorating state, and without much time left, he sends Nicky out to trap his brothers into a flask and bring them back to hell. Nicky, though fearful, wants to help his dad and goes to earth. There, he is befriended by a dog named “Beefy,” an old friend of his dad’s. Beefy instructs Nicky to get a roommate, and to get new clothes. Soon, Nicky is familiar with the ways of the world, although the world is being overtaken by his brothers, disrupting the alleged balance between good and evil.
When Nicky falls in love with Valerie (Patricia Arquette), Adrian gets inside Nicky’s mind, making him tell her obscene things, thus leaving her fleeing. Adrian and Cassius then begin taking on the bodies of public figures, ranging from a priest who challenges his congregation to “sin, sin, sin,” a mayor whose first act is to lower the drinking age from 21 to 10, and even a referee who calls numerous fouls on the Harlem Globetrotters during an exhibition game.
Nicky succeeds in trapping Cassius into the flask, but when he tries to get Adrian to also drink from the flask, Adrian outsmarts him, taking Valerie hostage. Nick is faced with the challenge to use the evil within him to fight Adrian and ends up saving Valerie’s life. The deed results in an “automatic getting him into heaven,” and he finds himself surrounded by what seems like the cast from CLUELESS. There he meets his mom (whom his brothers told him was a goat) and learns he was the product of a few drinks. She shows Nicky where they can look at the earth from heaven, and Nicky sees the havoc that Adrian is wreaking there. He goes back to earth to try to restore the balance between good and evil.
LITTLE NICKY pushes the envelope even further on the ever-popular parody of heaven and hell. Such examples are in hell where Dan Marino tries to bargain his soul for just one Superbowl win (which Satan refuses because he is a Jets fan) to heaven where one angel comments on God, “He is so smart . . . like . . . Jeopardy smart.” These things, though intentionally comic, flirt with a much deeper and more dangerous realm by blurring the reality of heaven and hell with silliness. This movie does just that, while further mocking God and His word.
Containing foul language, violence and other lewd elements, LITTLE NICKY pushes the envelope even further on the ever-popular parody of heaven and hell. Such examples are in hell where Dan Marino tries to bargain his soul for just one Superbowl win, to heaven where one angel comments on God, “He is so smart . . . like . . . Jeopardy smart.” These things, though comic, blasphemously distort the reality of heaven and hell. This movie does just that, while further mocking God and His word