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Billy Madison

Billy Madison is one of the top comedies of 1995, as long as you know what you are getting into.

Billy Madison is a classic Adam Sandler film, featuring jokes involving “boobs” and “farts”. If you go into this movie like you are about to go into the Louvre, you are going to have a bad time. Go into Billy Madison wanting to see Sandler acting goody, and you are going to have some fun.

Sandler plays Billy Madison, a young, rich, and lazy man who is set to take over his father’s huge hotel empire.
He is a horrible choice for the job, however, and spends his days in the pool drinking and his nights on the town playing childish pranks. He is stuck at the maturity level of a 12 or 13 year old, and his father Brian (Darren McGavin) starts to realize that he is not fit to take over. Everything that Billy Madison has won or achieved in his life came at the expense of his father greasing pockets, which Brian now comes to regret. Billy is given an ultimatum- complete grades 1-12 on his own within 24 weeks, or the company goes to Eric (Bradley Whitford), a man who is as conniving as he is petty.

After frying his brain in the sun for so long, can Madison succeed?

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Madison doing what he does best- drinking in the sun

Madison faces some tough times. He is back in the real world, and goes through everything again- without the benefit of being among the same age group and rich. He also has to face the wrath of gorgeous teacher Veronica Vaughn (Bridgette Wilson) who resents the fact that he has never had to work for anything in his life.

What makes Billy Madison one of the best comedies of 1995?

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Veronica- beautiful, yet unimpressed

Possibly a bit of nostalgia factor for when Adam Sandler was making these kinds of movies. He has always been strong at playing goofy, silly characters, as well as some that are not quite the sharpest tools in the shed. Madison is immature and sometimes cruel, but in the way that an animal makes a mistake. There is no malice to his actions, just misunderstanding of the world. Watching Madison start to learn about life when you are not completely rich and cool is an interesting experience.

BIlly Madison is a PG13 comedy that doesn’t make you think

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Is Madison redeemable? Watch and see.

This is a PG13 comedy that I would have been laughing my ass off if I was younger. As it is, I still got some laughs out of Billy Madison and was able to turn my mind off for a bit and just relax and enjoy the inane immaturity of the film. Keep in mind- if you want to watch Sandler acting silly, you will like this movie. And that’s all there is to it.

Just for fun- Billy Madison features a guest appearance by Steve Buscemi

So keep your eyes peeled, he has a minor but still hilarious part in this film. Steve Buscemi is one of my favourite actors, and seeing him was a small but meaningful pleasure in Billy Madison.

If you enjoyed Billy Madison, you may also enjoy

Happy Gilmore, a classic Sandler film of 1996 where Sandler plays a golfer with a hockey player’s attitude

Mr. Deeds, a more recent Sandler film of 2002 where Sandler inherits an enormous fortune

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