[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.
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'll have nightmares with that penguin.
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.
a timeless classic
A funny film with a funny concept. Adam Sandler at his best, along with other famous SNL cast members that come up. Some things in this seem a bit scripted, which I'm sure they are. A ridiculous film to watch just for the hell of it.
Gotta love this motherfucker as well. Gotta.
The definition of ''so bad it's (almost) good''.
A movie for those days when you just feel incredibly stupid. I can't say I didn't enjoy myself, but it's one of the movies in which all filmmaking goes straight out the window.
Billy Madison is much more good-natured and innocent than it would seem to be. And Sandler is less annoying as an enormous man-child than he should be. And Bradley Whitford is a perfect blue-blood bad guy. This movie is about as good as it can be given its limited aspirations.
A silly, unintelligent comedy that offers no real message. Without warning, audiences both young and old may find themselves laughing at the film's more random memorable moments. Features great cameos. Lots of iffy material.
I'm starting to wonder if I actually ever found Adam Sandler that funny. There are laughs to be found (Steve Buscemi's one minute alone in this film made it worth my time), but you have to get through about 20 minutes of obnoxiousness to get to each one. I won't be revisiting this film anytime soon.
Dumb and simple, though mildly amusing Sandler comedy.
Not Sandler's best film. But definitely his best comedy.
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