[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
Billy is going back to school... Way back.
Billy Madison is the 27 year-old son of Bryan Madison, a very rich man who has made his living in the hotel industry. Billy stands to inherit his father's empire but only if he can make it through all 12 grades, 2 weeks per grade, to prove that he has what it takes to run the family business.
A goofball comedy of the highest order, Tamra Davis's "Billy Madison" will never be mistaken for anything sophisticated; it is, however, a whole lot of silly fun. Following Adm Sandler's titular protagonist as he returns to all grades of school, the film is an energetic blend of low level comedy, heart, and an odd musical number or two. It may not be exceedingly smart, but it is plentifully amusing.
The plot of Davis's film revolves around rich man-child, Billy, having to return to elementary and high school in order to inherit his father's business. There, he makes friends, enemies, and romantic connections. The production focuses on Sandler's hijinks as the title character, and Davis's camera puts a premium on his…
"If peeing your pants is cool, consider me Miles Davis."
Childish and immature - but then again, what Sandler comedy isn't? I've seen better by him, like Click and Happy Gilmore, but I've also seen a lot worse, like Grown Ups and Jack and Jill. As long as you can cope with its stupidity, it's pretty fun and enjoyable. Nothing that will make it into my film collection, but not a bad way to spend the evening. Worth seeing just for the hilarious cameo by Steve Buscemi.
Oh, back to school, back to school, to prove to dad that I'm not a fool.
I've got my lunch packed up, my shoes tied tight, I hope I don't get in a fight.
Oh, back to school, back to...
Well, here goes nothin'.
More annoying than funny. I won't deny a few good moments, but they were few and far between. Still better than anything Sandler's released in the last ten years, though.
It is juvenile and ridiculous, but I love 'Billy Madison'. Off the wall, bizarre, fun, and flat out funny. So many quotable lines that make me laugh but probably should not.
"What about you sideburns? You want some of this milk?"
I have never seen a movie just give up on making sense. This movie gets to the end and throws it's hands in the air and says "it is what it is, we're not even gonna try." That alone is worth the watch.
3.5/5.0 = Great
Greatness is many things. One of them is using a fart noise to impersonate the sound of a bottle of sunscreen being emptied. You know, I never thought I would ever write this, but BILLY MADISON is actually really great. It it the EMPIRE STRIKES BACK to THAT'S MY BOY's ATTACK OF THE CLONES. It's that good. And I can only imagine that it's thanks largely in part to a female director. Tamra Davis commands the camera well, and successfully wrestles Adam Sandler's odd, but not-yet totally-given-up youthful exuberance.
This is an actor at the height of his game, whatever game that might be. It's crass, sophomoric, offensive and not always kosher. But when it's funny, it's…
So you will see that I liked this film. I realize it's an idiotic movie. But hey, I grew up watching Adam Sandler's early comedies. I can't help but enjoy some of them. They make me laugh and give me some happy nostalgia. Shoot me.
"Galla-hoo-hoo, saba-doo, Gallluh!"
Classic. I have seen this countless times and it never gets old. Most lines memorized.
Overall Rating: 5/5
Sound Quality: 3/5
Picture Quality: 3/3
Media Type: Blu-ray
Ok, but who doesn't laugh?
The worst and the best of Sandler are both in this film, lots of genius and a bit of cringe - and as is sometimes the case he's the film's weakest link. Probably wouldn't throw it in his top 3 films. Still watch it as a ritual though and can pretty much quote the whole fucking thing. Special shout outs for cinematography, soundtrack and departments that make up ground for Sandler's weaknesses.
Both much dumber/grosser than I remembered and, in a few moments at least, much funnier.
"Well, maybe if you told me it was a delicious Triscuit cracker."
"Where's my Snack Pak?!?"
"I bet that Snack Pak is pretty good."
"Mortal Kombat on the Sega Genesis is the best game ever."
"Snack Paks! They're the coolest!"
I dunno how many of these were paid product placements, but once Sandler discovered the joys of praising commercial products (particularly fast food and snack food) on film he never looked back. B-
films directed by women, in chronological order. always in progress.
Help me out with this one guys.
"It's Mission Impossible!" is the true peak of cinéma.