Billy Madison

Billy Madison

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Director: Tamra Davis

Cast: Adam Sandler, Darren McGavin, Bridgette Wilson

     
 

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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 familySee more details below

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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 pint-sized kids with playground balls and develops a love interest in a pretty teacher (Bridgitte Wilson). The action culminates in an academic showdown between Billy and the purportedly Harvard-educated underling for the future of the family enterprise -- no small feat for a man fresh out of the first grade. There's gross, moronic, off-color low humor galore in Billy Madison, particularly in one subplot involving a romantically forward elementary school principal (Josh Mostel, son of theater great Zero Mostel) and his secret former life as a professional wrestler; another scene includes the hypertense school bus driver (Chris Farley, in a typical over-the-top cameo) lying in the meadow with a hallucinatory penguin. As one might suspect, Billy Madison is not for every taste; Sandler fans will laugh from start to finish; others beware.

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Assuming top billing for the first time in this willfully stunted comedy, Adam Sandler unleashed the soon-familiar persona that would widely divide moviegoers but provide indisputable results at the box office for years to come. Here was born the debate about whether Sandler is a lowbrow comic genius or a moronic gadfly signifying the end of good taste and intelligence as we know it. For those able to give themselves over to its sophomoric charms, Billy Madison is a knee-slapping celebration of a spoiled idiot who learns decency from a gaggle of children who wet their pants at recess. Sure, Sandler is over the top -- in fact, he's so far over it that it's nowhere in sight. But that's the point in this movie, in which Sandler is essentially the mean-spirited version of Tom Hanks' character in Big, throwing tantrums appropriate to someone of his underdeveloped intellect. It's hard to resist Sandler when he yells, "You blew it!" in his trademark guttural shout after his eight-year-old friend botches a phone conversation with his crush. The reverse shot shows the young boy grinning in spite of himself, suggesting that children accept Sandler as he is, a ridiculous but ultimately harmless clown, and perhaps they're the best judges of character. Those who want Sandler to be something other than an intense, bellowing man-child -- or just wish he would go away -- aren't the intended audience, anyway. Simpatico supporting turns by Norm McDonald, Steve Buscemi, and Chris Farley provide either more giggles for the willing or more ammo for the obstinate.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/07/2011
UPC:
0025195053907
Original Release:
1995
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Universal Studios
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:30:00
Sales rank:
20,636

Special Features

Over 25 minutes of the most awesom deleted scenes including Billy at Home and School Days; Outrageous outtakes and goof-ups that will have you laughing out loud ; Get the whole hilarious story with feature commentary from director Tamra Davis

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Adam Sandler Billy Madison
Darren McGavin Brian Madison
Bridgette Wilson Veronica
Bradley Whitford Eric Gordon
Josh Mostel Max Anderson
Mark Beltzman Jack
Larry Hankin Carl Alphonse
Theresa Merritt Juanita
Hrant Alianak Pete
Helen Hughes 2nd Grade Teacher
Claire Cellucci Attractive Lady
Gladys O'Connor Tour Guide
Marcia Bennett 4th Grade Teacher
Diane Douglass Nurse
Joyce Gordon Lunch Lady
Colin Smith O'Doyle (Grade 9)
Amos Crawley Rod
Tex Konig Crazy Person
Benjamin Barrett Tenth Grader
Matthew Ferguson Tenth Grader
Lawrence Nakamura Lawn Guy
Allison Robinson Newswoman
Justin Williams 3rd Grader
Chris Farley O'Doyle the Bus Driver
Steve Buscemi Danny McGrath
Jack Mather Clemens
Norm MacDonald Frank

Technical Credits
Tamra Davis Director
Gordon M. Barnes Art Director
Perry Andelin Blake Production Designer
Deirdre Bowen Casting
Jaki Brown-Karman Casting
Allan Byer Musical Direction/Supervision
Fitch Cady Executive Producer
Enrico Campana Set Decoration/Design
Randy Edelman Score Composer
Jack Giarraputo Associate Producer
Victor Hammer Cinematographer
Tim Herlihy Screenwriter
Harald Ortenburger Camera Operator
Ralph Sall Musical Direction/Supervision
Adam Sandler Screenwriter
Robert Simonds Producer
Todd Thaler Casting
David Vaughan Asst. Director
Martin Walters Asst. Director
Jeffery Wolf Editor

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