Billy Madison
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Master of infantilism Adam Sandler stars as the title character, an overgrown rich kid who wiles away his days poolside, swilling kegs of beer and appreciating fine nudie magazines such as "Drunk Chicks" -- that is, until his father (Darren McGavin) decides to test his mettle as future head of the family business by posing a challenge: retake and pass grades K-12 in 24 weeks or watch control of the business pass to the requisite conniving underling (Bradley Whitford). Forced into action, Billy vows to change his drunken ways. He enrolls in kindergarten, makes new friends, pelts… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 46%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Those unfamiliar with Sandler's antics may...begin to find him annoying sometime between the appearance of the Universal logo and the end of the opening credits."
‑ Brian Lowry, Variety
"As one character tells Billy in the finale: "Everyone in this room is dumber for having listened to you.""
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"Young teens will like brash, immature humor."
‑ Alex Orner, Common Sense Media
"Wipe that smug grin off your face and go home."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"Sandler's best. Edgy, satirical, bizarre and surreal."
‑ Fred Topel,
"If you've ever had a yen to relive the third grade, this must be the next best thing."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"This is Adam Sandler at his best, and his latest films are cheap grabs at what once came so easily to him."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"The film should have featured more absurd and nonsensical elements."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A vintage specimen of a master at the apex of his talents."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"Typical Sandler"
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Director Tamra Davis and screenwriters Sandler and Tim Herlihy scatter the bad jokes like fertilizer. Nothing sprouts."
‑ Peter Rainer, Los Angeles Times
"It's refreshing to revisit the jester in his screen infancy, when all he wanted was to boogie to a Culture Club hit, carry on conversations with hair care products, and sit on a sprinkler."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"When you get that Sandler's comedic persona is meant to be annoying, like Beavis and Butthead or Cartman, the laughs come thick and fast."
‑ Billy Mowbray, Film4
"Duh-m Sandler, typical fare for him"
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"Better than it deserves to be."
‑ Kevin A. Ranson,
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