"Violent, Sacrilegious, Comic Sandblast"
What You Need To Know:
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
(PaPaPa, AbAbAb, B, LLL, VVV, SS, NN, AAA, DD, MMM) Mostly pagan worldview with anti-biblical themes of Devil & sons invoking sin on earth including impersonating a priest who says, “Jesus this, Moses that…the Lord said a lot of hibbity jibbity, etc.,” a warped view of heaven & hell with a slightly moral quality of son wanting to do good; 28 obscenities with one seen in subtitle, 3 exclamatory profanities of, “my God!,” lewd terminology, depiction of dog relieving self, & gross humor; man falls out of tree, man controls other man’s mind, making him hit himself in crotch, man makes other man punch self in head, implied shoving pineapple in man’s buttocks, depicted vomiting by drunken 10-year-old, implied man hit by car with lots of blood seen splattered on men, man’s hair on fire, man falls backward down subway shaft, man makes other men hit their heads against table, stream of water from fire hydrant knocks man away, man turns head completely 360 degrees, angry mob chases man, man changes self into mini-spiders, men in wheelchairs barrell down hill & crash into side of bus, various scenes of man losing body parts as a result of deterioration, man rips other man’s finger off, implied man hit by train about three times, man vomits up man, man zaps creature with depicted innards seen exploding onto people, swarm of bees attacks man, man bites head off animal, punching, & shoving; depicted dogs having sex, man caresses self, man is “peeping tom” who watches woman take shirt off, depicted giant bird trying to have sex with man, man touches breasts on other creature’s head, woman news anchor openly admits adultery with weatherman, & other lewd sexual references; woman takes shirt off with bra underneath, depicted breasts put on creature’s head, depicted man wears women’s underwear, & older women wearing bra twirls shirt over her head; alcohol use & abuse by adults, dog & 10-year old children; smoking & cake contains marijuana with depiction of characters that are high; and, jokes about man’s sexual preferences, men flash goat’s head symbol, man depicted as Christian is insane, & many other miscellaneous elements.
Similar to the type of humor in his other movie, WATERBOY, Adam Sandler takes his strange characters to another level in LITTLE NICKY by flirting with the territories of heaven and hell.
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.