Nicky on DVD
The Hell, you Say?
Despite Adam Sandler being the spawn of the devil (at least in this movie!),
his character is actually a pretty decent guy. Not only that but, as with
the best of Sandler's movies, he's a little less than ordinary guy, immature,
who's forced to grow up - and grow - over the course of the film in order
to reach his goal. The goal this time is restoring the balance between
good and evil to the universe, which is a little bit more of a challenge
than Sandler has faced before.
Nicky is sent to earth by his father (Harvey Keitel) to retrieve his
brothers (Rhys Ifans and Tommy "Tiny" Lister, Jr.), who are in New York
City wreaking havoc, determined to create a hell on earth over which they
Satan's actually a pretty decent chap and he has no pretensions to dominate
All There Is; he understands the need for balance (we discover a possible
reason why later in the film when we meet Nicky's mother, played to the
hilt by Reese Witherspoon), and that that need transcends all.
So Nicky is thrown into the middle of the battle between good, a part
played this time by the devil, and evil - his brothers, who aspire to
Nicky makes plenty of mistakes, but along the way he discovers the joys
of human life and love (his love interest is well-played by Patricia Arquette);
he makes friends and does good, even while using his powers of darkness.
The plot's actually pretty decent and, though we didn't laugh out loud
a lot, there are plenty of chuckles. There is also an abundance of terrific
special effects, including a talking dog/mentor who very nearly steals
Sandler is, well, Sandler, and that isn't a bad thing. Keitel is wonderful
as the devil - and if his character isn't bizarre enough as a devil, wait
till you see Rodney Dangerfield as His father. The rest of the supporting
cast plays their roles to the hilt, chewing the scenery where appropriate
and just being downright silly where that's appropriate. Players include
Jon Lovitz, Kevin Nealon, Michael McKean, Henry Winkler, Ozzy Osbourne
and many more.
The quality of the Dolby Digital audio and anamorphic video (enhanced
for 16x9 TV's) on this widescreen DVD are outstanding, which makes it
a wonderful showcase for all the digital special effects. Not only that,
but this Platinum Series DVD also contains enough extras to keep Sandler
fans happy for many hours.
You get deleted scenes, a couple of feature length commentaries (one
with Sandler, director Brill, and Co-Writer Tim Herlihy and another featuring
various cast members). There's also a behind the scenes documentary that's
well worth a look, interviews with some heavy metal rock icons like Osbourne,
Gene Simmons and Ronnie James Dio, a music video, cast/crew filmographies,
trailer, and a series of DVD ROM features.
Little Nicky, from New Line Home Entertainment
84 min, widescreen (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TV's, Dolby Digital 5.1
Starring Adam Sandler, Patricia Arquette, Harvey Keitel, Rhys Ifans, Tommy
"Tiny" Lister Jr. and Rodney Dangerfield
Produced by Robert Simonds and Jack Giarraputo
Written by Tim Herlihy & Adam Sandler & Steven Brill, Directed
by Steven Brill.
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