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Little Nicky



This is no Wedding Singer.
Parents recommendPopular with kids
  • Review Date: May 19, 2003
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2000
  • Running Time: 90 minutes

What parents need to know


Comic violence, including body parts falling off.


Sexual humor, including transvestite, S&M, voyeur, dog sex, etc.


Very strong language for a PG-13.

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Characters drink and eat a cake with marijuana, joke about lowering the drinking age to 10.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie is right up at the R edge of PG-13, with one use of "f--k" and a lot of other strong language and sexual references. One of Satan's daily tasks is to punish a French-maid's-uniform-clad Hitler by inserting a pineapple into his rear end. Satan punishes another character by making realistic-looking breasts grow out of his head, and in subsequent scenes they get fondled by other characters. A character is a weird transvestite who pours hot wax on his chest and plays with his nipples. A voyeur gets sent to hell. A character eats a marijuana-laced cake. The devils lower the drinking age to 10, and we see drunken children coming out of a bar (and puking). They also change New York's tourism slogan to "I love hookers." And there are some jokes that can be interpreted as homophobic.

What's the story?

Adam Sandler plays Nicky, the third son of a loving father who happens to be Satan (Harvey Keitel). The two older sons (wrestling star Tom "Tiny" Lister, Jr., and Notting Hill's wacky roommate Rhys Ifans) are furious that Satan will not allow one of them take over as commander-in-chief of hell, so they decide to leave and form their own Hell in New York City. Unless Little Nicky can get them back home within a week, their father will literally fall apart. So even though he has never been to earth before, he goes to New York to try to bring them back. A talking guardian bulldog is there to help. Little Nicky learns important lessons about life on earth, from eating and sleeping to staying out of the way of heavy moving metal things. He also learns about the butterflies in the stomach feeling he gets from talking to a pretty girl (Patricia Arquette) and some other feelings he gets from eating a cake laced with marijuana. And he learns something about who he really is and how powerful he can be.

Is it any good?


Sandler fans will enjoy this, though it may not have the cross-over appeal of The Wedding Singer. There are two kinds of Adam Sandler movies: the kind where he plays a complete idiot and uses a (supposedly) funny voice through it all and the kind where he just plays a sweet doofus with his regular voice. Generally, those regular voice movies (Happy Gilmore, Big Daddy, and The Wedding Singer) are more broadly appealing than the funny voice movies, like The Waterboy. Although LITTLE NICKY is in the funny-voice category, it benefits from higher production values and a strong supporting cast and ranks as one of the better Sandler movies. That voice gets extremely annoying very quickly, though -- like after the first thirty seconds.

The plot is just an excuse, of course, for a lot of low-wattage jokes, usually repeated for no additional benefit. But the movie is enlivened by some funny cameos (Rodney Dangerfield as Satan's father, Reese Witherspoon as an angel, Henry Winkler as himself, and a surprise visit by a rock star).

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the idea of a "balance between good and evil." Is there a balance? Why? They may also want to talk about their own ideas about heaven and hell.

Movie details

Theatrical release date:November 10, 2000
DVD release date:April 24, 2001
Cast:Adam Sandler, Harvey Keitel, Patricia Arquette
Director:Steven Brill
Studio:New Line
Run time:90 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:crude sexual humor, some drug content, language and thematic material

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Teen, 16 years old Written bySydneySays July 29, 2011

My dad had me watching this at 8

If you want to shelter your kids, don't let them watch it. If you trust your children and you think they're smart enough to know this stuff by now, let them watch it.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Teen, 14 years old Written byRaj99 December 20, 2010

Little Nicky

I think it is a preety good movie, because it's really funny. I think there isn't a big problem about any thing. Parents can let there kids watch it because it is a family movie. The most important positive message was at the end of movie when Little NIcky's niceness took over the evilness of his brothers and saved the people. The only little problem it had was violence, but it's not a big issue. Overall the movie was good.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Great messages
Kid, 12 years old April 4, 2011
Little Nicky, Adam Sandler's greatest movie along w/ Grown Ups, is pretty inaproppriate. I do like weird movies, but this movie is on my top 10. WARNING: THIS MOVIE SHOULD NOT BE WATCHED BY ANYONE UNDER 14.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Great messages
Great role models


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