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Billy Madison (1995)



Average Rating: 5/10
Reviews Counted: 39
Fresh: 18 | Rotten: 21

Billy Madison is typical early immature fare from Adam Sandler, even if it finds moments of inspired lunacy.


Average Rating: 3.3/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 4

Billy Madison is typical early immature fare from Adam Sandler, even if it finds moments of inspired lunacy.



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Master of infantilism Adam Sandler stars as the title character, an overgrown rich kid who wiles away his days poolside, swilling kegs of beer and appreciating fine nudie magazines such as "Drunk Chicks" -- that is, until his father (Darren McGavin) decides to test his mettle as future head of the family business by posing a challenge: retake and pass grades K-12 in 24 weeks or watch control of the business pass to the requisite conniving underling (Bradley Whitford). Forced into action, Billy



Tim Herlihy, Adam Sandler, Rich Wilkes

Jan 2, 2002

MCA Universal Home Video

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Those unfamiliar with Sandler's antics may...begin to find him annoying sometime between the appearance of the Universal logo and the end of the opening credits.

June 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety | Comment (1)
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If you've ever had a yen to relive the third grade, this must be the next best thing.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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Director Tamra Davis and screenwriters Sandler and Tim Herlihy scatter the bad jokes like fertilizer. Nothing sprouts.

February 13, 2001 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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As one character tells Billy in the finale: "Everyone in this room is dumber for having listened to you."

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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This is Adam Sandler at his best, and his latest films are cheap grabs at what once came so easily to him.

August 26, 2013 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
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It's refreshing to revisit the jester in his screen infancy, when all he wanted was to boogie to a Culture Club hit, carry on conversations with hair care products, and sit on a sprinkler.

June 13, 2011 Full Review Source:

Young teens will like brash, immature humor.

January 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Comments (2)
Common Sense Media

The film should have featured more absurd and nonsensical elements.

June 1, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

When you get that Sandler's comedic persona is meant to be annoying, like Beavis and Butthead or Cartman, the laughs come thick and fast.

June 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4

Wipe that smug grin off your face and go home.

January 12, 2007 Full Review Source: | Comments (4)

A vintage specimen of a master at the apex of his talents.

May 13, 2005 Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star
Arizona Daily Star

Duh-m Sandler, typical fare for him

October 23, 2004 | Comments (4)
Kansas City Kansan

Sandler's best. Edgy, satirical, bizarre and surreal.

May 1, 2004

Typical Sandler

August 13, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Better than it deserves to be.

April 24, 2003

Só há uma coisa pior do que os habituais trejeitos (nada engraçados) de Adam Sandler: os roteiros que este escreve - e o segredo de seu sucesso nas bilheterias é um mistério maior do que o paradeiro de Jimmy Hoffa.

April 1, 2003
Cinema em Cena

The best film Sandler has done. Wildy funny and appropriately over the top.

September 18, 2002

Okay, the plot is inane, but it's the basis of a series of really funny scenes.

September 10, 2002 Full Review Source: Montreal Film Journal
Montreal Film Journal

Adam Sandler being a total idiot for an hour and a half. Good fun.

August 2, 2002

Idiotic, amateurish - and really, really funny.

October 10, 2001 Full Review Source:

Is this how one conducts a career these days?

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner
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Audience Reviews for Billy Madison

Though its jokes are of stupidity and grade-school humor, Billy Madison is a decent comedy from the creation of Adam Sandler. The film is immature and has memorable quotes/scenes that die-hard Sandler fans will remember. 4/5
July 27, 2013
Eugene Bernabe

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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 The Waterboy. 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.
July 16, 2012
Mike S

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One of the earliest Adam Sandler comedy vehicles is the highly over rated Billy Madison. To put it simple, it's a childish comedy with the occasional morsel of charm and a few good laughs. It's at best, mildly amusing because the film gets sillier at every turn rather than getting any funnier. I prefer Happy Gilmore because the character suited Sandler better and the film itself was a little less moronic, smarter, had a lot of memorable scenes and was more ambitious. Billy Madison at times, because of it's stupidity, is just uncomfortable to watch.
March 31, 2012
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Directors Cat

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A lot of Adam Sandler's comedies seem to be given bad reviews, and I can see that for some of his newer stuff, especially his two newest films, JUST GO WITH IT and GROWN UPS. On the other hand, there is no reason to give such poor feedback to BILLY MADISON. I'm not saying that because it's one of his earlier films, and that makes his acting and humor better--really, it doesn't. But to tell you the truth, this movie really isn't all that terrible. It tells the hysterically funny story of a man (the title character himself, played by none other than Adam Sandler) whose father, a millionaire, needs somebody to take over as CEO of his hotel chain. When Billy, the original person to inherit the job, wrecks the formal dinner, his millionaire father decides to hand his career over to somebody else. At this, Billy becomes frustrated, so he decides that he will, within one year total, repeat grades one through twelve to prove that he's NOT an idiot as he made himself look. So it's a predictable film--honestly, ask yourself: would it really be a spoiler if I told you that throughout the movie Billy ends up making a fool of himself, and his maturity level never, ever raises?--but as for predictable, isn't every Sandler movie? So far, this is the funniest Adam Sandler picture I have seen. It is truly his definitive work.
September 1, 2011

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    1. Tour Guide: I'll tell you who it was, it was that damned Sasquatch.
    – Submitted by Ian D (18 months ago)
    1. Billy Madison: Where's my snack pack!
    2. Juanita: I thought I was your snack pack?
    – Submitted by Ian D (18 months ago)
    1. Brian Madison: Oh Billy, Billy boy, when are you going to find whatever it is you are looking for?
    2. Billy Madison: Here's a nice piece of shit!
    – Submitted by Kelly E (19 months ago)
    1. Veronica: Quiet. So let's all open our "Reading Is Fun" books to page sixty nine.
    2. Billy Madison: Sixty nine!
    – Submitted by Kelly E (19 months ago)
    1. Veronica: Don't you think it's a little pathetic that just because of who your father is, you get to do school all over again?
    2. Billy Madison: Yes, I do.
    – Submitted by Kelly E (19 months ago)
    1. Tenth Grader: [after Billy pushes Eric and Eric falls over] Oh, gross... did you see that guy's balls?
    2. Tenth Grader: Yeah... they were weird looking.
    – Submitted by Kelly E (19 months ago)
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