Little Nicky (2000)



Critic Consensus: Despite the presence of a large, talented cast, the jokes in Little Nicky are dumb, tasteless, and not that funny, and Adam Sandler's character is grating to watch.

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The youngest child of the family often has the most problems -- so why should things be different for the Prince of Darkness and his offspring? Satan (Harvey Keitel) is considering retirement, and is pondering which of his sons should take over the family business -- ambitious Adrian (Rhys Ifans), strapping Cassius (Tommy "Tiny" Lister Jr.), or Nicky (Adam Sandler), an accident-prone demon who prefers to stay in his room playing his favorite heavy metal tunes. When Satan decides to stay on for another 10,000 years, Adrian is outraged, and leaves Hell to go to New York, where he and Cassius attempt to round up enough souls to vote Satan out of power. Satan, understandably upset, sends Nicky to bring Adrian and Cassius back home, but Nicky finds life on Earth is more complicated than he expected. Things don't get any easier when he develops a crush on Valerie (Patricia Arquette), a good-hearted mortal woman. Little Nicky also features Michael McKean as a city official trying to put Nicky behind bars, Kevin Nealon as Hell's gatekeeper, Rodney Dangerfield as Satan's father, Robert Smigel as the voice of Beefy -- a talking dog who is Nicky's guide on earth, Allen Covert as Todd -- Nicky's new roommate, and Peter Dante and Jonathan Loughran as a pair of metalheads who dig Satan. Jon Lovitz and Reese Witherspoon play cameo roles, and Regis Philbin and Ozzy Osbourne appear as themselves.
PG-13 (for crude sexual humor, some drug content, language and thematic material)
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Rhys Ifans
as Adrian
Robert Smigel
as Mr. Beefy
Dana Carvey
as Referee
Blake Clark
as Jimmy the Demon
Jon Lovitz
as Peeper
Michael McKean
as Chief of Police
Kevin Nealon
as Gatekeeper
Rob Schneider
as Townie
Peter Dante
as Peter
John Witherspoon
as Street Vendor
Carl Weathers
as Chubbs Peterson
Clint Howard
as Nipples
Henry Winkler
as Himself
Ozzy Osbourne
as Himself
Lewis Arquette
as cardinal
Regis Philbin
as Himself
Todd Holland
as Reformed Demon #1
Sylvia Lopez
as Herself
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Critic Reviews for Little Nicky

All Critics (115) | Top Critics (29)

Has an enormous cast of stars, including Harvey Keitel as daddy devil. But even the stars couldn't brighten up this flick.

Full Review… | June 19, 2002
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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It would be hyperbole to argue that the road to movie hell is entirely paved with Adam Sandler's crude intentions -- but the guy sure has made a heck of a start.

Full Review… | March 22, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Where's Sandler in all this? Lost in gimmicks that smack of desperation.

June 4, 2001
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

What could be worse than a bad Sandler comedy? How about a bad Sandler comedy with special effects?

December 31, 1999
Denver Rocky Mountain News
Top Critic

The story plods along, punctuated by gags that are more silly than inventive.

December 31, 1999
Washington Post
Top Critic

I can enjoy a dumb, raunchy comedy as much as the next classless viewer. But it has to be funny, and Little Nicky isn't.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Little Nicky

Little Nicky is yet another lame Adam Sandler comedy. Though there were some aspects of the film I enjoyed, as a whole, the film failed as a comedy. The comedic elements are very poor, as well as the acting. The cast are dull, boring and annoying. The high point of the film is Ozzy Osbourne's cameo. Even with, it doesn't save the film from being a total misfire. Adam Sandler displays a tired out comedy routine with Little Nicky, thus the film suffers from poor comedy, which gets tiring very quickly. I laughed a few times; unfortunately this is not a film that you can laugh over and over. Little has stood the test of time, and the comedic elements are tired, sloppy and plainly stupid. The comedy came out when I was still in High school, so I loved it back then, as an adult in my mid twenties, I view it now as an awful comedy with nothing really to enjoy, aside from the metal music used and Ozzy's cameo. Other than those two elements, the film is bad, forgettable, with a poor cast. This could have been a funny film if it wasn't for Sandler and the usual cast that he stars with. I found them to be quite dry, and they really didn't deliver any laughs. Little Nicky is a boring, forgettable comedy that hasn't stood the test of time. I hated the film, and thought it was a wasted opportunity to do something great. The film really disappointed me, and is one of Sandler's worst.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

This was the first movie I saw on a date in middle school, and even then I didn't think it was funny. Plain stupid.

Eric Alvarez
Eric Alvarez

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Another Adam Sandler classic!

Bethany Murphy
Bethany Murphy

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