Adam Sandler, Harvey Keitel Patricia Arquette, Rhys Ifans, Kevin
Nealon and Jon Lovitz
by: Steven Brill
ran out of the theater to make sure pigs weren't flying. A funny
Adam Sandler movie? Can't be. Or was I simply I weakening to
his evil powers. No, the dang thing was really funny. Some scenes
were still odiously Sandlerish but for the most part it was
an enjoyable hoot and holler.
who's screen personas I normally detest, was not as mentally
challenged here- ironic- since he's playing a kind of slow in
the head spawn of Satan.
Nicky's story goes... Satan's ( Harvey "not afraid
to bare my pee-pee" Keitel ) term in office is about
up. Yeah, but in hell he can rewrite his own agenda- and he
does. When his two nasty sons, Adrian (Rhys Ifans) and Cassius
(Tom Lister, Jr.) get the extenda-term information from pops
they freak out and exit North. T
hey go awohl
up to the real city of sin, NYC. Satan falls apart, both
figuratively and physically. This leaves his other son, Nicky
(Col. Adam Sandler) to go and fetch his runaway siblings back
to the depths of hell before...all hell breaks loose- tee hee.
forth with gusto. He's not a bright watted little bulb, but
with his new friends Beefy the talking bulldog, and the satn
worshipping rock and roll dudes, he may just get the job done.
Beefy is a scene stealer. An actual Bulldog with an attitude
and a knack for human speak. He's spewing like Goodfellas
meets Babe. Then there's the ambiguously gay roommateof
Little Nicky, Todd (Allen Covert -operations) He had
me howling a few times.
falls in love within 24 hours of reaching NYC, naturally.
Enter space cadet Val (Patricia "I got Nicky Cage- eat
yer heart out bitch" Arquette). Meanwhile, bros. Adrian
and Cassius are turning the city into a hell on Earth. Nicky's
running out of time...will he be able to save Hell before it's
who is this mansteak called, Ryhs Ifans? Is he really the mushy-
scumpod- scank- fest Spike in Notting
Hill? Yep, hard to believe. Ryhs is back as Little Nicky's
brother, Adrian. This is a Shepherd's Pie of man ingredients
girls. Heaps of delightful layers abound; his ultra-sexy Welsh
accent, his apparent manly height and his Sid Vicious like physique-
a true man yumsicle. Even with the shabby-chic puffy red Liberace
jacket (above) I'd do him in a nanosecond.
It is! But it's also really funny. Sure some of Sandler's corny-
just- have- to- go- stretch- that- joke- till- it's-as-funny-
as- Liv Tyler's-acting- ability, but the characters are just
too darn funny to care about his comic faux pas'. Come on Harvey
Keitel as Satan, Rodney Dangerfield as Lucifer the first, or
Kevin Nealon as a whacky "gate" keeper? Casting was
done well. The Little Nicky guy didn't even matter.
a nice parade of actors and comedians. Quentin Tarantino,
David Spade, Reese Witherspoon, Micheal McKean and Clint Howard
etc. Howard was so funny, I had to pull over my car on
the way home- he actually caused the rare phenomenon of after
13 year old niece or nephew along- it's more for them, but Little
Nicky had me roaring quite a few times. It's stupid non-Frasieresque
humor. No three syllable words in the whole script to be sure.
Simply, silly and really funny.
Recommendation: 8 piece Popeye's chicken, Peppermint Schnapps
and pineapple wedges.