Review Date: January 25, 1999
Director: Tamra Davis
Writer: Tim Herlihy, Adam Sandler
Producers: Robert Simonds
Billy Madison is the spoiled, rich, immature, slacker son of a multi-millionaire who is about to retire. To prove that he is worthy of taking over his father's company, Billy must go back to school and pass all of his classes from 1st to 12th grade. If he doesn't make it, one of his father's evil henchmen will take over the corporate reins.
Adam Sandler's first starring role is pretty standard Sandler fare with a touch of weirdness sprinkled throughout. This film is definitely not for kids, geared more towards adults who love all of Sandler's stupid schticks, his man-child character, rude behavior and over-the-top acting. I personally like Sandler's tricks, despite the fact that not all of them work in this movie. The plot in itself is a farce, and should not be taken seriously by anyone, unless they are looking to hate this movie. It's a stupid comedy movie that has been created to make you laugh at the exaggerated behavior by Adam and his goofy buddies (Chris Farley and Steve Buscemi come through in their nutty cameos). Unlike his other flicks, this movie takes some very strange turns in its second half, with Sandler breaking into a musical number, a person in a Penguin suit floating around, a wrestling character saving the day and plenty of material to demonstrate the possibility of soft drugs or heavy liquor being related to the writing of this screenplay :) Throwaway plot but enough funny "Sandler moments" to satisfy anyone looking for some strange, cheap laughs.
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