Little Nicky

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +2 1/2

Content: -4

In this comic fantasy, hell is run like a Mafia family business. Satan (Harvey Keitel) tells his three sons, Cassius, Adrian and Nicky (Tommy Lister, Jr., Rhys Ifans and Adam Sandler) he intends to rule for another 10,000 years. Angry because he didnt turn the family business over to them, Cassius and Adrian escape hell to "raise Cain" in New York City. Satan cannot survive without his three sons, so he sends kind, gentle Nicky to bring them back. Nicky doesnt really like his home or doing bad things to people. His mother is an angel named Holly (Reece Witherspoon), who met Satan at a heaven-hell mixer, which explains Nicky's sweet nature. Cassius and Adrian turn New York City upside down as they use their occult powers to possess a Catholic priest, the mayor, an NBA referee, plus hundreds of other citizens. While searching for his brothers with the help of a talking bulldog, Nicky falls in love with Valerie (Patricia Arquette) and ultimately has to choose heaven or hell. LITTLE NICKY is a sick insult to the public's intelligence with irreverent, offensive sophomoric humor, but Sandlers popularity will still attract a crowd.

Reflecting a spiritually-confused, distorted view of Heaven and Hell, LITTLE NICKY is filled with so many disgusting details its impossible to fit them all in this space. Satan states his job is balancing good with evil he's in control, but his strength is sapped when his evil sons run amuck. He zaps his irritating henchman, causing each to grow breasts on their bald heads. And a large bird simulates sex with a new resident. Hitler, dressed in a voluminous maid's outfit, dutifully bends over so Satan can sexually assault him with a huge pineapple. In New York, a transvestite dressed in revealing woman's underwear stands at the window massaging his chest. And the devil-possessed mayor opens saloons to children, so youngsters stagger out of bars to throw up on the sidewalk. Non-stop slapstick-type violence shows Nicky and his brothers pushing each other in front of trains, slamming into buses and falling from great heights. In one scene, a man forces his hand up his nose and pulls one of the brothers out. Angels in heaven are portrayed as silly, giggling teenagers. Twenty-one obscenities, crude terms for genitals and obscene gestures add to the revulsion. LITTLE NICKY, targeting immature teenagers with its PG-13 rating, ridicules religion, God's sovereignty, and social decency.

Preview Reviewer: Mary Draughon
New Line Cinema, 888 7th Ave., 20th Flr., NY, NY 10106

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Many (15) times Mild 4, Moderate 11

Obscene Language: Many (21) times - F-word 1, s-word 12, other 8, finger gesture 1

Profanity: Several (6) times Exclamatory (OMG, OG)

Violence: Many times Moderate (slingshot kills man, possessed people thrown in front of trains/ slammed into bus/ hit over head/ fall from tall buildings - sending them to hell, man's hair on fire)

Sex: Few times (hellish vulture simulates sex with man, dogs shown mating)

Nudity: Few times (demons grow breasts on heads); Near nudity - Several times (bar girls in low-cut outfits, buxom elderly woman in bra)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Many times (jokes about breasts, man sexually assaulted with pineapple, dirty talk by demons)

Drugs: Alcohol abuse (children appear drunk)

Other: Religion ridiculed; priest and congregation possessed by demons; angel and Satan have child together; children vomit, dog urinates and man tries to copy; devil turns into horde of spiders

Running Time: 84 minutes
Intended Audience: Teenagers

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