To inherit his father's hotel empire, an imbecilic
man-child must repeat grades one through twelve.
Billy Madison (1995)
Directed by Tamra Davis
Written by Tim Herlihy and Adam Sandler
Starring Adam Sandler, Bridgette Wilson-Sampras,
Bradley Whitford, Larry Hankin, Norm MacDonald,
Mark Beltzman, Theresa Merritt, Darren McGavin, Chris Farley
I’m well aware that my love for Billy Madison is childish and immature, but I don’t really give a shit. Adam Sandler has been a part of my life for quite some time now and it all started with this. Sandler was nearly 30 years old when Billy Madison came out and it’s pretty clear that he is still having to prove to audiences what he is capable of as an actor. I’ve always believed in him ever since I saw this wonderful comedy.
Adam Sandler of course plays Billy Madison, a 20-something-year-old moron who sits around with his equally moronic pals at his dad's mansion. When Billy finds out that his dad is retiring and wants to give the family hotel business to Eric who is played perfectly by Bradley Whitford, he freaks out and comes up with a challenge. Billy must go back to school to prove to his dad that he is not a fool.
Adam Sandler has boat loads of hilarious quotes as Billy and the supporting cast has aged super well. Chris Farley as the bus driver is an unforgettable performance. Billy’s two best friends are so ridiculously dumb but it’s Norm MacDonald and Mark Beltzman playing them, so they are believable. I already mentioned Whitford being perfect, but the real X factor in Billy Madison is Larry Hankin as Crazy Carl. This is one of those stupid 90’s comedies that will always be a part of the culture. It was a different era when a lot more was allowed to happen in comedy. I totally understand if this isn’t your kind of film, because it’s silly as shit but I still find that it makes me laugh every few minutes. That’s become rare and for that, I will always have a soft spot for Billy Madison.