LITTLE NICKY
It's official, Hitler is in Hell.
Rodney Dangerfield is the Devil's father,
and Quentin Tarantino is a street preacher!
REVIEW BY DAVID BRUCE

LITTLE NICKY
(2000)


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This page was last updated on May 29, 2005

Directed by Steven Brill
Written by Tim Herlihy, Adam Sandler & Steven Brill

Ozzy Osbourne .... Himself
Adam Sandler .... Nicky
Harvey Keitel .... Satan
Leah Lail .... Christa
Lewis Arquette
Patricia Arquette
Christopher Carroll .... Hitler (in hell)
Salvatore Cavaliere .... Sal the Demon
Ellen Cleghorne .... Mother at game
Rodney Dangerfield .... Satan's Dad
Rhys Ifans .... Adrian
Robert Smigel .... Bulldog
Quentin Tarantino .... Blind preacher
Reese Witherspoon

Produced by Allen Covert (associate), Robert Engelman (executive), Jack Giarraputo, Michelle Holdsworth (associate), Adam Sandler (executive), Robert Simonds, Rita Smith (associate)
Original music by Teddy Castellucci
Cinematography by Theo van de Sande
Film Editing by Jeff Gourson

Rated PG-13


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1. School Of Hard Knocks - P.O.D.
2. Pardon Me - Incubus
3. Change (In The House Of Flies) - Deftones
4. (Rock) Superstar - Cypress Hill
5. Natural High - Insolence
6. Points Of Authority - Linkin Park
7. Stupify (Fu's Forbidden Little Nicky Remix) - Disturbed
8. Nothing - Unloco
9. When Worlds Collide - Powerman 5000
10. Cave - Muse
11. Take A Picture - Filter
12. Be Quiet And Drive (Far Away) (Acoustic) - Deftones
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If your father was the Devil
and your mother was an Angel
You'd be messed up too.

You know his number.
You know his name.
And now, you will meet...his son.

Click for larger imageSTUDIO SYNOPSIS:
Adam Sandler is Little Nicky, a shy and awkward guy with a penchant for heavy metal music and two bullies for older brothers. And another thing .... Little Nicky is the son of the Devil and lives in Hell. When Dad decides not to make his brothers the heir to his evil throne, they go to New York, hell-bent on creating their own Hell on Earth. Click for larger imageIn the process, they disrupt the natural order of things causing Nicky's Dad, The Devil, to lose his power and slowly die. With no other options, the weakening Devil orders his beloved, but feeble son Nicky to leave his sheltered life in Hell for the mean streets of New York. With the fate of the planet resting on his shoulders, a nervous Nicky and his guide (a foul-mouthed, talking dog) must find Nicky's brothers, overcome their formidable powers, and restore the balance between Good and Evil.

THIS IS NOT A SPOILER REVIEW
LITTLE NICKY
It's official,
Hitler is in Hell.
Rodney Dangerfield is the Devil's father,
and Quentin Tarantino is a street preacher!
REVIEW BY DAVID BRUCE

Click for larger imageMEET THE BROTHERS FROM HELL.
They are sons of Satan. They are the evil villains. In this film, Satan is not the truly Evil One. Rather it is his children. Now there is some real spiritual truth here. There has been a real tendency to either deny the existence of a Devil, or conversely, to give Satan to much power, -the same powers as God- making him all present, all-powerful and all knowing. Biblically, both views are wrong.

In this film, Satan is removed from the position of being directly responsible for all evil on earth. Rather, the credit goes to his children (agents). In the Bible, even though a third of all the angels become the agents of Satan, it is the human race, as typified in the Adam and Eve story, which is directly responsible for Evil. In other words, we are the agents of Evil. We are responsible. We are the children of Satan, "born to be wild" and "bad to the bone" as two rock classics aptly put it.

Click for larger imageTHE SONS OF SATAN ARE CLOSING DOWN HELL.
Dear old dad is not giving them Hell (as an inheritance) and so they are going to give the devil Hell!

Their plan is to (1) shut down Hell so no more evil people can enter, and (2) take over Earth. Creating Hell on Earth! They want to create a Hell in which they are the rulers. This is sort of the Book of Revelation in reverse. Instead of a "New Heaven and a New Earth" we have a "New Hell and a New Earth." Instead of a second coming of the Son of God, we have a coming of the sons of Satan. It's like playing a Rock n' Roll record backwards with so-called satanic backmasking (a theme in the film, by the way).

Click for larger imageTHE COMING OF THE SONS OF SATAN TO THE NEW YORK SUBWAY.
The connection between Hell and Earth is New York and the door, of course, is the NY Subway, naturally.

Since the fall of the communistic USSR the location of the Apocalyptic City of Babylon in popular myth has shifted to New York.

It is hard to understate the significance of this. The United States is the first nation in all of history to see itself as the end time Seat of Satan. Before the fall of the USSR, Reagan's "Evil Empire," American mythology portrayed the USA as God's domain ("My Country tis of Thee, Sweet land of liberty..."). It was sort of a Good Vs Evil idea, the USA being, of course, the agents of Good. During the 1990s, the myth changed and, incredibly, America now sees itself as the end time location of the Apocalypse.

Since New York is a huge metropolis within the most powerful nation, and since NY is the center of the United Nations and the center of world commerce (Wall Street), it becomes the modern apocalyptic equivalent of the Great and Evil Babylon. Interestingly, Washington DC, under the Clinton administration, diminished in popular myth -- two 90s films even depicted the White House as blowing up (INDEPENDENCE DAY and MARS ATTACKS).

There are so many books and films that reflect this significant historical shift in Apocalyptic understanding. The United States of America/New York is now the apocalyptic center of Evil in modern myth, consider the following:

Click to go to THE END OF DAYS
In
END OF DAYS
The Devil wants to incarnate as the Antichrist in New York.
 
Click to go to THE OMEGA CODE
THE OMEGA CODE
centers the coming AntiChrist in the USA
Click to go to PROPHECY ll
The PROPHECY trilogy centers in NY with battles between Lucifer and Gabriel .
Click to go to BLESS THE CHILD
In BLESS THE CHILD the cosmic battle between Good and Evil takes place in New York.
 
Click and go to ARMAGEDDON
In ARMAGEDDON fragments of the apocalyptic meteor first hits New York.
 
Click to go THE ASTRONAUT'S WIFE
In THE ASTRONAUT'S WIFE a woman is pregnant with the Antichrist twins in New York!
 
PAUSE FOR THOUGHT. I am of the strong belief that myth is the MOST powerful vehicle of truth. God has used stories, myth and parables in culture after culture to bring forth truth. So then, is God trying to tell us something here? The USA is now the most powerful nation in the world, the US dollar is the world's standard, and American English is now the official international language. In our post-modern world "no one can buy or sell without this mark" (Rev 13:17) of the USA, and "it's number is 666" (Rev 13:18). Could it be that what is true in our current mythology is truth indeed?
Click for larger imageSATAN AS A TOOL OF GOD
In the Biblical book of Job, found in the Hebrew Scriptures, Satan is portrayed as a tool of God used to test God's servant Job. Similarly, recent films have attempted to portray a more understandable Satan. In this film Satan is portrayed as a necessary agent in the maintenance of balance between Good and Evil. There is sort of an Eastern Yin and Yang concept at work here.
Click for larger imageLIVING WITH A DUAL NATURE.
Adam Sandler so perfectly portrays that dual nature that all humans experience, or at least, I experience. I find myself caught between doing good and doing evil at the same time. I like the one eye covered and one eye opened look of Nicky -it is highly symbolic of that duality.
Click for larger image"MY FATHER WAS A DEVIL,
BUT MY MOTHER WAS AN ANGEL.
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Again the idea of duality here.
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GETTING BEAT UP FOR INNOCENT REASONS.
We are all victims of our own stupidity. We are our own worst enemy. We do stupid unintentional things that cause others to despise us. Good lesson here in not being so quick to judge others.

Click for larger imageQUENTIN TARANTINO AS A STREET PREACHER.
Yes,
Quentin Tarantino is cast as a street preacher. Very appropriate because he actually is. Quentin is the preacher in the cinematic cathedral. Hollywood speaks to more people about their spirituality than the church does. I often wish the church would stop preaching to just the choir and re-enter the real world. Oh! OOPS! that would be "sinfully" wrong. Imagine the church doing what Jesus did? How silly of me!

Click for larger imageQUENTINE SPEAKS THE GOSPEL TRUTH.
His lines are: "And the Lord loves you, and the Lord loves you." Much better than "Repent, or go to Hell." Confronting Little Nicky he says, "You make the Lord very nervous." Actually Little Nicky type people make the church very nervous. Do you feel that you make the church a little nervous, too? Email me, you are my kind of person.

Click for larger imageNICKY IS ON A MISSION TO SAVE PLANET EARTH.
Nicky is typical of "savior" and prophet types -they are always rejected by those whom they try to help.
Click for larger imageNICKY IS RUN OUT OF TOWN.
The interesting thing about the background shot as Nicky is being chased is that it features a mammoth church building with an extra large cross on it. The implication is obvious.
Click for larger imageTHE MACK TRUCK STRIKES.
In one of Nicky's failed attempts at saving the world from his very evil brothers he is struck down by a Mack truck. And so it is in real life. The Mack truck can and does strike at any moment. Things change. Life can end suddenly. Are you ready for the next life?

Click for larger imageWELCOME TO HELL.
Nicky arrives back in Hell after being hit by the Mack truck -- of course.

It's interesting to see who else is in Hell -- this may be the first Movie in cinematic history to feature Adolph Hitler in Hell.

Click for larger imageClick to go to What Dreams May ComeHOT BURNING HELL.
Not since WHAT DREAMS MAY COME, have we seen such a tormenting Hell.

The purpose of Hell as presented in the scriptures is to assure us that God -- and not Satan, by the way -- will punish evildoers, and that justice will ultimately prevail. Fire and brimstone, to me, are symbolic of that justice and promise of a better world to come. I am not a literalist in terms of an actual physical fire as we know it here on earth. I tend to see something spiritually more profound here (do a word search on the word "fire" in the Bible and you will see what I mean). How do you view the Lake of Fire (God's Judgment of evil doers)? Email me.

Click for larger imageCREATIVE DEMONS.
Hell in this film is like a Halloween party. The demons come in a creative assortment of costumes. And actually, Evil does come to us in a variety of forms and disguises. The Bible says Satan often comes as an angel of light.
Click for larger imageSuperman = the story of Jesus!THE DOG.
Lucifer decides to help his son by sending him back to earth with a talking dog. Again, arriving back on earth in the subway station in, well you know, New York City -Modern Babylon. You might recall that in SUPERMAN -THE MOVIE the evil Lex Luther (i.e. Lucifer) had his headquarters in a subway under the big city.
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NICKY GETS A GIRLFRIEND AND SOME HEAD BANGER FRIENDS.
It will surprise you who plays the girl friend. Can you figure it out?

Also, his hard rock friends are interesting since our culture associates hard rock with evil forces and rock artists capitalize on this association. Consider, for example, the hellish look and style of Kiss, Marilyn Manson, Ozzy Osbourne (who appears in the film), and Alice Cooper. The interesting thing about this list is that Ozzy is drug free, happily married, living next door to Pat Boone, and Alice Cooper is a Christian who considers his music anti-Satan. I love paradox. Life is so intriguing, so contrary. I just love it.

Click for larger imageREMEMBER BACK MASKING?
Remember in the 80s when there was all this talk about the Devil actually placing messages in Rock n Roll records that could only be understood if you played the record backwards? This back masking was supposed to influence our fine upstanding youth in an unconscious way and turn them into devil worshippers. Such nonsense. Although there was and is back masking that goes on, it has nothing to do with a satanic plot to take over the youth of the world. Such nonsense is just an extension of racism against the black culture that gave the world Rock 'n' Roll music. In the 50s Rock was considered dangerous "Race Music" that would turn youth into "Jungle Savages." Since African culture made strong use of drums, it was reasoned by some very racially sick people that any music with a strong beat in it was somehow demonic. All of this makes me so very sad. And especially so when the biggest propagators of what I see as an extension of racism were and are television evangelists.
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DEVELOPING HIS POWERS
In order to overcome evil, Nicky must learn and develop his strengths and abilities.
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SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT IS IMPORTANT, BUT IT SEEMS TO BE THE LAST THING ON EVERYBODY'S LIST.
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THE MOST IMPORTANT BATTLES ARE THE SPIRITUAL ONES.
As I write this review I am in the midst of a very difficult time in my own life. I relate to the images here. We all have our own demons and situations in life that we need to battle. Prayer is for me is a great resource. What do you do to fight off your demons? Email me.
MOVIES WITH SATAN IN THEM
Click to go to THE END OF DAYS
In
END OF DAYS
the Devil wants to incarnate as the Antichrist in New York.
Click here to go to LITTLE NICKY
LITTLE NICKY
His mother was an angel and his father was the Devil.
Click to go to BEDAZZLED
BEDAZZLED
Be careful what you pray for. The Devil as a tool of God.
Devil's Advocate is very unusal.
THE DEVIL'S ADVOCATE
Satan as an attorney in New York.
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Satan appears as a fashion model dressed in red to tempt Jesus in THE JESUS MINI SERIES
Click to go to BLESS THE CHILD
BLESS THE CHILD
In an amazing scene rats become Satan.
Click to go to PROPHECY ll
The PROPHECY trilogy centers on a battle between Lucifer and Gabriel .
Click here to go to TRIBULATION
TRIBULATION

In this end-time movie Satan desires world conquest.

HITLER IN HELL
Subject: FYI
Date: Sun, 29 Apr 2001
From: Shawn

Dear David, Hello, my name is Shawn and I've been a long time fan of your site, and have e-mailed you a couple times. I just read your "Little Nicky" review and I have a correction for you. "South Park, Bigger Longer and Uncut" beat Little Nicky to placing Hitler in Hell. South Park is really a fascinating show, once you get past the toilet humor. I hope all is well and keep up the good work.
In Christ's Love,
Shawn Willox http://geocities.com/willoxst

Response: You are so right. Thank you for the correction. -David

LEARN FROM THE HOLY ONE
Subject: Yes...
Date: Sun, 3 Dec 2000
From: Ann

I do make the church nervous because I do not like frivolous preaching, hypocrisy or exhorbitant spending at the expense of the sheep. So I immediately start asking certain questions of the head preacher on my first visit (if he should be so lucky to be in the area when I am coming or going). But unlike you, I do not think the world could 'teach us a thing or two' as there is a definite difference between the devils' children and God's children, the world and the Kingdom of God; we need to learn our lessons straight from the Holy One. If there is any spiritual values at all that truly promote the Kingdom of God, they are usually so vague or so mired in the ungodly ideas presented, one would really have to be spoken to by the Holy Spirit Himself to catch them. I too, enjoy films immensely, though sense that my Saviour will eventually wean me away as the night comes, when no man can work the works of God.
~ Ann
P.S. I think its naive for a seasoned Christian to think every film made has spiritual messages pointing us to God.

Response: We can learn from both the non-Christian and the Christian world. You are not of the world, but you are in it. Use the culture as a point of connection. Start where the people are. I hope you will not get so "holy" that you become disconnected from the very world that "God so loved." Bridge builing is fun. Dialogue is fundamental in any relationship. -David

WHAT DEMONS LOOK LIKE
Subject: Lake of Fire
Date: Sun, 05 Nov 2000
From: dan

This is not necessarily in reference to the Lake of Fire but the passage after it (Creative Demons). Why is it do you think that demons are represented in that manner? I've always thought it would be more subtle and apt if the demons still looked like the angels they once were supposed to be. --dan

Response: What demons do is ugly -and so they are pictured ugly. The way they appear in temptations is attractive -like angels of light.

YOUR TYPE OF PERSON
Subject: Little_Nicky
Date: Sat, 4 Nov 2000
From: Dan Hardway

Read your review on Little Nicky. Think I am your type of person. I make most churches very nervous. Hell is the experience of an unregenerate soul exposed to the glory of God without mediation. Hollywood has more prophets than the church right now. Remember, according to Joel the only qualification for receipt of the spirit of prophecy is to have flesh.
Dan Hardway

Response: You are so right .-David

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