Little Nicky
***.3 BM
Starring: Adam Sandler, Patricia Arquette, Harvey Keitel, Rodney Dangerfield, Rhys Ifans, Tiny Lister, Henry Winkler, Kevin Nealon, Jon Lovitz, Rob Schneider


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That wacky rabble-rouser Adam Sandler has done it again! The star of such raucous films as the engagingly comic "Billy Madison," the crudely funny "Happy Gilmore," the bone-crunchingly hilarious "The Waterboy" and the sweetly amusing "Big Daddy" has returned with another comedic tour de force! This time, the lovable scamp has cast himself as - look out, kids! - the sweet-natured son of Satan! Ho, ho, it is to laugh!

All right, enough of that crap. All you really need to know is that Sandler is screwing around with the concepts of heaven and hell. The casting works well, including guys like Rodney Dangerfield, Harvey Keitel and Tiny Lister, as well as the standard smattering of Saturday Night Live people like Kevin Nealon, Lovitz and Deuce Bigalow. Sandler's Nicky voice gets a little bothersome at times, but it's hard not to like a movie where weird-ass Sandler-esque stuff happens. A pineapple is shoved up Hitler's ass. Jon Lovitz gets butt-slammed by a huge bird. George Wallace is the mayor of New York. Henry Winkler is covered in bees.

All the standard Sandler criticisms apply - the depthless love interest (Patricia Arquette), half-ass plot skating by erratically, that sorta thing. But it's a Sandler movie, you take it as it is. There are moments of high comedy in this sucker, and the rest is generally amusing enough to keep the spirits up. Since the best comedy is often in the form of non-sequiturs, Sandler movies usually manage to bring enough crazy stuff out of left field to satisfy.

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