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Billy Madison (1995)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy  |  10 February 1995 (USA)
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In order to inherit his fed up father's hotel empire, an immature and lazy man must repeat grades 1-12 all over again.


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Billy Madison is a 27 year-old man whose father Brian is the head of a major hotel chain. Even though he is groomed to replace his father who is about to retire, Billy is extremely immature and unmotivated in life. When Brian considers making Eric Gordon (whom Billy despises) his new replacement, Billy decides to prove to his father that he is capable of taking over. He must repeat grade school all over again (2 weeks for each grade) in order to take over the hotel empire. The further Billy progresses, the more Eric tries to derail Billy. Written by Sam

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Billy Madison's going back to school... Way back. See more »



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language and crude humor | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

10 February 1995 (USA)  »

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Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)


$25,588,750 (USA)

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Did You Know?


One of the students mentions the video game Mortal Kombat (1992). Bridgette Wilson-Sampras appeared in the film adaptation of the game, Mortal Kombat (1995). See more »


When the kids come to Max's house, a shadow can be seen passing behind him in the hallway. This is from a deleted scene when one of the kids dresses up in Max's old wrestling costume and runs out on the lawn. See more »


[first lines]
Billy Madison: [sings] # Suntan lotion is good for me. / You protect me, hee-hee-hee. #
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Referenced in Mike & Mike: Episode dated 22 October 2014 (2014) See more »


Written and Produced by Elton Ahi (as Elton F. Ahi)
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I Laughed my balls off!!
30 April 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Billy Madison in a landslide is Adam Sandler's best film. I never laughed so hard. Maybe the humor is a little stupid, but that is because before seeing this movie, you have to make sure your brain is not in Fellini mode and in Sandler mode.

Story revolves around Billy Madison, who must go back to school (he is 27) and graduate High School so he can take over his father's hotel ring. His whole odyssey is utterly hilarious from start to finish. Especially because he has cameos and stars like Norm MacDonald, Steve Buscemi, and Chris Farley as a Penguin lover (that penguin hadn't made me laugh that hard since the pee scene in Naked Gun). Great fun (one of the best of 1995). A++

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