Billy Madison movie review - Aussieboyreviews


Well, there’s not one memorable joke that isn’t completely stupid, but if you like seeing Adam Sandler being a goofball, this movie’s for you. Billy Madison is entertaining, yet almost unbearably immature and silly; for Adam Sandler fans especially.


A spoiled, immature and completely lazy man-child must repeat school grades 1-12 each in two weeks in order to prove he’s not a total loser and become the owner his father’s business.

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Movie details

Director: Tamra Davis
Cast: Adam Sandler, Bridgette Wilson, Darren McGavin, Bradley Whitford, Josh Mostel, Steve Buscemi, Jared Cook
Writer: Tim Herlihy, Adam Sandler
Release Date (Australia): 20 July 1995
Runtime: 89 minutes/1h 29m
Genre: Comedy
Country: USA
Language: English, French

CONTENT GUIDE (warning: May contain spoilers)

Themes (PG)

The film contains frequent instances of crude humour, in addition to thematic material such as blackmail, a man threatening another man with a gun and a comedic depiction of an implied car crash.

Violence (PG)

The film contains comedic violence in the form of slapping, kicking, punching and a man shooting another man in the buttocks.

Coarse Language (M)

The film contains a single use of the word “f**king”, as well as use of the words “s**t”, “ass”, “crap”, “damn” and “hell”.

Nudity (G)

The buttocks of a statue are depicted.

Sex (M)

The film contains frequent sexual innuendo, visual sexual references and verbal sexual references using the words “horny”, “bone” and “jack-off”.

mpaa rating

PG-13 (for language and crude humor)

Aussie boy's thoughts

Billy Madison is a silly comedy featuring Adam Sandler as a total goofball drowning in immature, childish humour whilst repeating school. If this movie was intended to touch or move its audiences more than if it actually did, there’s a lot of missed opportunities to point out here. But this isn’t a movie for big morals, sweet messages and touching themes; it’s just a stupid comedy for laughs and entertainment. So before you continue reading, just remember that the word “stupid” in this review is always meant as a positive thing, and it’ll be the same for Adam Sandler fans.

In Billy Madison, Sandler plays his usual comedy-movie self, a spoiled, lazy and incredibly immature man-child, who hangs out with his stupid friends and drinks all day. But when his rich father must finally hand down the business to his son’s or another worker’s hands, he decides to repeat his elementary and high school grades to prove he is not a loser and is able to inherit his father’s fortune.

Similar to Happy Gilmore, which is undeniably the better movie, Billy Madison selects its goal for the end and delivers its story with a bit of rivalry as well. Adam Sandler’s character, while completing all of his school grades, is also up against a Shooter McGavin-like character who wants to take over Sandler’s father’s business. So in a way, it’s sort of the same movie as Happy Gilmore, except with a different concept and a different rival.

If you want just a tiny bit of drama in this comedy, you’ll unfortunately find there’s no supply of that here. The film never bothers to make any emotional connection to anyone or anything, and it’s all just meant to be laughed at while providing watchable pleasure. However, Sandler is not by himself in this journey as he meets a teacher he feels attracted to and develops friendships with some of the kids, although it only sees the funny communications from the outside, and there’s absolutely no issues at all. If there’s one this this movie gets right that just has to be gone over though, it’s definitely the difference between the elementary school and high school kids. The little kids in the younger grades are so young and bright, while the teenagers really act like teen-attitude teenagers in high school.

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