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Little Nicky (2000), (PG-13)
CAP Score: 35
CAP Influence Density: 2.05

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NOTE: The CAP Analysis Model makes no scoring allowances for trumped-up "messages" to excuse or for manufacturing of justification for aberrant behavior or imagery, or for camouflaging such ignominy with "redeeming" programming. Disguising sinful behavior in a theme or plot does not excuse the sinful behavior of either the one who is drawing pleasure from the sinful display or the practitioners demonstrating the sinful behavior. This is NOT a movie review service. It is a movie analysis service to parents and grandparents to tell them the truth about movies using the Truth. If you do not want the plot, ending, or "secrets" of a movie spoiled for you, skip the Summary/Commentary. In any case, be sure to visit the Findings/Scoring section -- it is purely objective and is the heart of the CAP Entertainment Media Analysis Model applied to this movie

"There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." [Emphasis is mine] And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I aplaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our five-year study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.

If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary likely using a mix of KJV and NIV.


LITTLE NICKY (PG-13) -- every bit as R as any other R-rated movie.

I cannot see how the MPAA could have possibly felt Little Nicky was PG-13. It is every bit as R as any other R-rated movie. It pushes the envelope to the max in just about every manner of irresponsible and immoral behavior and imagery possible, thus taking advantage of a new technique of using many "lesser" issues of ignominy to get the same "high" found in a few bold issues in more severely rated programming. Equating the issue of ignominy in entertainment to drug effects is appropriate since:

"We have been so drugged by vulgar extremes that what once was morally unacceptable has become morally invisible." -CAP-

The basics of the story are a son of Satan trying to save his father from deteriorating to nothingness. For 10,000 years Satan has ruled Hell. Though due for retirement Satan has decided, rather than turn over the kingdom to one of his sons Nicky (Adam Sandler), Cassius (Tommy Lister Jr) or Adrian (Rhys Ifans), to continue to rule another 10,000 years. Cassius and Adrian didn't like that. In rebellion Cassius and Adrian leave Hell and in doing so freeze the flames of Hell [Mark 9:48]. This causes Satan to physically fall to pieces since while the flames are frozen no more souls can get into Hell and Satan has no more "nourishment." Concerned about his father, Nicky (Adam Sandler), Satan's third son leaves to follow his brothers to NYC to capture them in a bottle given to him by his father and bring them back to Hell [Rev. 1:18]

I am bewildered that this movie was given a PG-13 by the MPAA. Little Nicky was equivalent to R-rated programming of the developmental comparative baseline database of 39 random movies in all CAP Investigation Area but Drugs/Alcohol and Murder/Suicide. This movie earned a score of 35. R-rated movies of the baseline database earned 54 and below. Though Little Nicky is supposed to be a humorous movie filled with toilet humor, we radical right wing stuffed shirts will find little humor in it.

Example programming included stripping to underwear before a child, portrayal of demons/devils, shoving a pineapple into Hitler's anus while dressed as a ballerina, female breasts forming atop a bald man's head, bodies falling through flames, "I've always wanted to kill somebody - let me!" [Deut. 5:17], expressions of sexual perversion [Jude 7] and homosexual mannerisms [Rom. 1:27], a huge male bird raping a man, replacing a rabbit's ear [mockery of Luke 22:50-51], calling evil good and good evil [Is. 5:20], Satan's wife as a angel, false portrayal of Hell [Rom. 16:17-18], wanton revelry [2 Pet. 2:13], vulgar expressions [Eph. 5:4], ....... This movie took three pages of line items to annotate all the ignominies. I am sure there were more than I was able to capture. And there are far oo many to even summarize here. I will let the listing in the Findings/Scoring section tell the complete story as best I could keep up with it. Little Nicky is essentially equivalent to South Park: BLU using Hitler instead of Hussein, live actors instead of cartoon characters, and a war between father and sons instead of mothers and Canada ... and rated PG-13 instead of R. Definitely an R-13.


  • 1 Cor. 15:33 (KJV) Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (NIV) Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.
  • Mark 9:48 where (Hell) 'their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.'
  • Rev. 1:18 I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.
  • Deut. 5:17 You shall not murder.
  • Jude 7 In a similar way, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion. They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire.
  • Rom. 1:27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet.
  • Luke 22:50-51 And one of them struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his right ear. But Jesus answered, "No more of this!" And he touched the man's ear and healed him.
  • Is. 5:20 Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
  • Rom. 16:17 I urge you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them. For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naive people.
  • 2 Pet. 2:13 And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that count it pleasure to riot (revel) in the day time. Spots they are and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceivings while they feast with (entertain) you;
  • Eph. 5:4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.


    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.

    FINDINGS / SCORING: Little Nicky (2000) CAP Thermometers

    NOTE: Multiple occurrences of each item described below may be likely, definitely when plural.

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W):
  • traffic fatalities
  • beatings
  • bodies falling through flames
  • hair on fire
  • "Kill me!"
  • "I've always wanted to kill somebody - let me!"
  • double subway fatality
  • exploded demon

    Impudence/Hate (I)(1):
  • two uses of the most foul of the foul words
  • 27 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • shoving pineapple into Hitler's anus, a second episode with something else
  • crude comments

    Sex/Homosexuality (S):
  • disrobing to underwear before a child
  • peeping
  • series of sexual remarks
  • huge male bird raping a man, twice
  • female breasts formed on man's bald head
  • sexual perversions and suggestions of it
  • crude display
  • brief partial nudity
  • vulgar expressions
  • adult in underwear before children
  • licking, gaping mouth kissing
  • many homosexual presences/mannerisms

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • smoking
  • drug induced stupor
  • drinking

    Offense to God (O)(2):
  • demonology
  • false portrayal of Hell
  • evil power to force one to beat himself in the privates
  • spawn of Satan coming to earth as a comic rescuer, not the antiChrist
  • possessions
  • series of doubting God
  • Satanic T-shirts and Satanists as comics, many times
  • evil eyes
  • evil symbolism
  • "Just have to release the evil within you."
  • levitation by and for evil
  • suggestion of childrens' souls in a dog from Hell
  • calling evil good and good evil
  • evil background music
  • shape changing
  • evil control
  • Satan having a wife, let alone as a angel in Heaven
  • revelry
  • "Hell may not be that bad." regarding sexual perversion
  • Satanic hand gestures
  • replacing a rabbit's ear
  • "They've never been happier" - in Hell

    Murder/Suicide (M)(3):
  • none noted

  • (1) As noted in CAP Special Report-001, "Investigation Area and Scoring Trend," of the six CAP Investigation Areas, Impudence/Hate was the strongest presence in all four movie classifications. It has a strong revelation about the entertainment media.

    (2) The use of the three/four letter word vocabulary without God's name in vain is incorporated into the Impudence/Hate Investigation Area. The use of God's name with or without the four letter expletive is incorporated into the Offense to God Investigation Area. There is no duplication.

    (3) Only portrayal of successful murder or suicide are incorporated into Murder/Suicide. Portrayal of attempts to commit murder or suicide and deaths by police action or war are incorporated into Wanton Violence/Crime.

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