Little Nicky

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Little Nicky
Little nicky.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed bySteven Brill
Produced byJack Giarraputo
Robert Simonds
Written bySteven Brill
Adam Sandler
Tim Herlihy
StarringAdam Sandler
Patricia Arquette
Harvey Keitel
Rhys Ifans
Tommy "Tiny" Lister Jr.
Laura Harring
Rodney Dangerfield
Robert Smigel
Music byTeddy Castellucci
CinematographyTheo van de Sande
Editing byJeff Gourson
StudioHappy Madison
Distributed byNew Line Cinema
Release datesNovember 10, 2000
Running time90 minutes
LanguageEnglish
Budget$85 million
Box office$58,292,295
 
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Little Nicky
Little nicky.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed bySteven Brill
Produced byJack Giarraputo
Robert Simonds
Written bySteven Brill
Adam Sandler
Tim Herlihy
StarringAdam Sandler
Patricia Arquette
Harvey Keitel
Rhys Ifans
Tommy "Tiny" Lister Jr.
Laura Harring
Rodney Dangerfield
Robert Smigel
Music byTeddy Castellucci
CinematographyTheo van de Sande
Editing byJeff Gourson
StudioHappy Madison
Distributed byNew Line Cinema
Release datesNovember 10, 2000
Running time90 minutes
LanguageEnglish
Budget$85 million
Box office$58,292,295

Little Nicky is a 2000 American comedy film directed by Steven Brill. It stars Adam Sandler as Nicky.

Plot[edit]

The story revolves around a struggle to determine which of Satan's (Harvey Keitel) three sons will succeed their father as ruler of Hell. Adrian (Rhys Ifans) is the most devious, Cassius (Tom Lister Jr.) is the cruelest and Nicky (Adam Sandler) is their father's favourite. Adrian and Cassius claim that Nicky's mother is a goat and torment him by controlling his body with their minds. Nicky has had a speech impediment and a disfigured jaw since Cassius hit him in the face with a shovel when he was a child.

Having been the "Prince of Darkness" for ten thousand years, Satan assembles his sons to decide which of them will succeed him, but instead he keeps the throne for himself because his sons are not yet ready to be his successor and tells them that they need to learn to keep the balance between good and evil. Angered by this decision, Adrian and Cassius go to Earth to create a new Hell by possessing religious and political leaders in New York City. As they leave, they freeze the entrance to Hell, preventing more souls from entering and causing Satan's body to begin decomposing. To stop Adrian and Cassius, Satan sends Nicky to Earth with a silver flask that traps whoever drinks from it inside.

At first, Nicky has trouble staying alive on Earth. He is killed several times, landing in Hell and returning to New York each time. While learning how to eat and sleep, he meets a talking bulldog named Mr. Beefy (voice of Robert Smigel), rents an apartment with an actor named Todd (Allen Covert) and falls in love with a design student named Valerie (Patricia Arquette).

Nicky's first encounter with his brothers occurs when Adrian sees him with Valerie, takes mental control of his body and makes him scare her away. Then Nicky sees Cassius on television, possessing the referee (Dana Carvey) of a Harlem Globetrotters game. When he goes to the court and tricks Cassius into the flask, Satanist metalheads John (Jonathan Loughran) and Peter (Peter Dante) are so thrilled with his performance that they become his devoted fans. That evening, Nicky tries to apologize to Valerie. The meeting goes badly at first, but she accepts him after he explains who he is and why he is on Earth.

The next day, Adrian possesses the Chief of the NYPD (Michael McKean) and accuses Nicky of mass murder using an edited scene from Scarface. Not knowing what to do, Nicky has Todd kill him so he can go back to Hell and ask his father for advice, but his father has trouble hearing because his ears have fallen off and his assistants are in a panic because the midnight deadline to capture Adrian and Cassius is only hours away. Back on Earth again, Nicky and his friends devise a plan to capture Adrian in a subway station, but Adrian discovers their trick. In the ensuing fight, Adrian grabs Valerie and dives onto the track as a train approaches, but Nicky throws her out of the way, leaving himself and Adrian to be killed by the train.

Arriving in Hell just minutes before midnight, Adrian dethrones his weakened father and takes over, rising into Central Park and starting a riotous party while all of the demons except Satan's assistant Jimmy (Blake Clark) join Adrian on Earth. Meanwhile, Nicky wakes up in Heaven as a reward for sacrificing himself and meets his mother Holly (Reese Witherspoon), an angel who tells him he can defeat Adrian with the "Inner Light" he inherited from her. After she gives him a mysterious orb, he goes to Central Park. The demons discover Nicky and try to attack him but Nicky creates gifts for them which makes them respect Nicky enough to join him and stop Adrian, but when Adrian kills one they all run away. Nicky and Adrian then fight, which results in both of them sucked into the flask where they have a three-way battle with Cassius. Adrian appears to win a pitched battle by locking Nicky in the flask and turning himself into a bat, but Nicky escapes from the flask. When he shatters the orb, Ozzy Osbourne appears, bites Adrian's head off and spits it into the flask.

With his brothers captured, Nicky is ready to save his father. After he sins to make sure he goes to Hell, he and Valerie express their love for each other and she kills him. With the flow of souls restored in Hell, Satan regains his body and recommends that Nicky go back to Earth. The film ends a year later, when Nicky and Valerie live in New York with their infant son Zachariah. It is mentioned that John and Peter have died in a plane crash and are now happily living in Hell in Nicky's old room.

Cast[edit]

Cameos

Production[edit]

Dustin Hoffman was originally cast as Satan, but backed out prior to shooting, and was replaced by Harvey Keitel. Marilyn Manson also left the cast, due to schedule issues. Melanie Lynskey was considered for the role of Valerie, before Patricia Arquette joined the film.[1]

The film is dedicated to Chris Farley, who died in 1997.[citation needed]

Reception[edit]

The film opened at #2 at the North American box office making $16 million USD in its opening weekend, behind Charlie's Angels, which was on its second consecutive week at the top spot. The film went on to earn $39 million domestically and another $18 million worldwide, bringing the total to $58 million, and was considered a box office failure compared to its $85 million budget.

Critical reaction to the film was fairly poor. Based on 112 reviews collected by the film review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, only 22% critics gave Little Nicky a positive review. The site's consensus states [that] "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."[2] Comedian and former Mystery Science Theater 3000 host Michael J. Nelson named the film the worst comedy ever made.[3] Despite giving the film an overall negative review, Roger Ebert described Little Nicky as "the best Sandler movie to date." [4]

The film was nominated for five awards at the 21st Golden Raspberry Awards, including Worst Picture, Worst Actor (Adam Sandler), Worst Supporting Actress (Patricia Arquette), Worst Director and Worst Screenplay. It lost in all categories to Battlefield Earth starring John Travolta.

Soundtrack[edit]

Little Nicky Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Soundtrack album by Various Artists
ReleasedOctober 31, 2000
GenreAlternative metal, nu metal, alternative rock
Length48:31
LabelMaverick
ProducerTerry Date, Rae DiLeo, DJ Crook, Don Gilmore, Ben Grosse, Safta Jaffery, John Leckie, Geno Lenardo, Scott Litt, Sylvia Massy, Jonah Matranga, Chino Moreno, Guy Oseary, PM5K, Rick Rubin, Adam Sandler, Dennis Smith
Singles from Little Nicky
  1. "School of Hard Knocks"
    Released: December 2000
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3/5 stars[5]

The soundtrack to the movie was released October 31, 2000 through Maverick Records. The track listing as listed on Allmusic:[6]

No.TitleWriter(s)ArtistLength
1."School of Hard Knocks"  TraditionalP.O.D.4:04
2."Pardon Me"  Brandon Boyd, Mike Einzenger, Jose Antonio, Pasillas II, Alex Katunich, Chris KilmoreIncubus3:45
3."Change (In the House of Flies)"  DeftonesDeftones4:58
4."(Rock) Superstar"  Louis Freese, Lawrence MuggerudCypress Hill4:37
5."Natural High"  M. Henry Herman, P.J. PerryInsolence3:20
6."Points of Authority"  Linkin ParkLinkin Park3:21
7."Stupify" (Fu's Forbidden Little Nicky Remix)DisturbedDisturbed5:08
8."Nothing"  Brooks ArthurUnloco2:40
9."When Worlds Collide"  Powerman 5000Powerman 50002:57
10."Cave"  Matthew BellamyMuse4:46
11."Take a Picture"  Richard PatrickFilter4:22
12."Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away)" (Acoustic)DeftonesDeftones4:33
Total length:
48:31

Video game[edit]

A Game Boy Color game was released based on the film shortly after its release.

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