Billy Madison

Universal Released 1995


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Tamra Davis

Billy Madison is a 27-year-old non-working slacker, content to live like a child in his father's estate who must go back to school to earn his father's respect. When his father, the founder of a successful chain of hotels, ponders retirement, he is reluctant to give the reins to Billy after being convinced of his immaturity by a conniving junior executive named Eric Gordon. They agree that Billy must go back and finish school without his father's help, which started in the 2nd grade! Thus, Billy has to go all the way back to the 2nd grade and finish each grade in 2 weeks if he wants to get the company. Adam Sandler, star of Happy Gilmore, plays the role of Billy, and his love interest Veronica Vaughan is played by Bridgette Wilson.


Metacritic Score

  • 40

    The New York Times Elvis Mitchell

    It succeeds as a reasonably smart no-brainer. If you've ever had a yen to relive the third grade, this must be the next best thing.

  • 40

    Variety Brian Lowry

    There are a few bursts of sheer, irresistible idiocy -- along the lines of "Wayne's World" or even "Pee-wee's Big Adventure"-- but not enough to sustain the more arid stretches.

  • 20

    Los Angeles Times Peter Rainer

    Director Tamra Davis and screenwriters Sandler and Tim Herlihy scatter the bad jokes like fertilizer. Nothing sprouts.

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  • QUOTES (2)

    • Kid: Mortal Kombat on Sega Genesis is the best video game ever
      Billy: I disagree. It's a very good game, but I think Donkey Kong is the best video game ever.
      Kid: Donkey Kong sucks.
      Billy: You wanna know something? You suck.

    • Billy: (After hearing The Puppy Who Lost His Way) Whoa, Miss. Libby. The one thing I hate about the story is that the kid gave up looking for Happy for like an hour. He didn't put up posters or anything. He just sat on his porch like a goof. That kid's gotta know, you got a pet. You got a responsibility. If your dog goes missing, you don't look for an hour and call it quits. You get your ass out there and you find that fucking dog!
      Miss. Libby: (Is silent of a second and then smiles) I think it's time to play dodge ball.

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pressures of middle school, father and son, fish out of water, outrageous situations, buddies and gal pals