Volume 94, Issue 44
Thursday, November 16, 2000
|ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
Same old Sandler
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Starring: Adam Sandler, Harvey Keitel, Patricia Arquette
Directed By: Steve Brill
By Beth Martin
Oh, Adam Sandler, you've done it again.
Being the son of Satan just wasn't enough in his newest film, Little Nicky. He had to add plenty of lewd jokes and bathroom humour as well.
Nicky, (Sandler) is one of three sons of Satan (Harvey Keitel), who has decided after 10,000 years of rule that he might retire. Dissention in the ranks between the three brothers as they wait to hear whom Satan will pick as the new lord of darkness. When Satan decides to remain in power, Nicky's brothers decide to go to Earth to create a "new hell." Nicky's mission becomes to retrieve them before his father wastes away and the gates of hell are closed forever.
Emerging in New York City, Nicky meets a talking bulldog named Beefy who guides Nicky through the world of the living. Along the way, Nicky meets Valerie (Patricia Arquette), a design school student who smells like coconuts and becomes the love of Nicky's life.
Little Nicky is peppered with well-known faces like Rodney Dangerfield, who "gets no respect" as the grandfather of Satan and the creator of hell. Jon Lovitz, a Saturday Night Live alumnus, opens the movie as a peeping tom perched atop a tree who is unfortunately and killed, sending him straight to hell.
Computer animation is used throughout the film, but instead of helping to illustrates situations, it is distracting. The animation seems improperly produced and is cartoon-like and unrealistic. Seemingly thrown in for glitz value, it only served to make the movie seem low budget.
An adolescent boy's dream, this movie is chock full of lewd comedy. Sandler's trademark bodily function jokes are taken to a new low when Nicky attempts to defecate on the sidewalk. At one point, the drinking age is lowered to 10 and the audience gets to witness the result of three little boys becoming sickly drunk. In another scene, a male character is continually interrupted in the midst of self-nipple twisting, wearing nothing but women's panties, a cropped shirt and a bathrobe.
Although this movie seems to be nothing but lowbrow comedy, Sandler manages to inject a sweet side to his otherwise asinine characters. As in Big Daddy and Happy Gilmore, the main character starts out as someone the audience thinks they will despise, but by the end of the movie has endeared himself to viewers. Little Nicky is no exception, being on the good side of the satanic family and saving the earth from certain doom, all the while singing the praises of Popeye's chicken.
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