Henry Roth is a man afraid of commitment up until he meets the beautiful Lucy. They hit it off and Henry think he's finally found the girl of his dreams, until he discovers she has short-term memory loss and forgets him the very next day.
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
I hadn't seen an Adam Sandler movie before. In fact, I didn't quite manage to see all of this one: since it was on tv, I sometimes succumbed to the temptation to turn the sound down, and when I left the room to make coffee I took longer, perhaps, than was strictly necessary. But I more or less made it to the end. Then I come here and discover that the consensus (almost) is that this is his BEST!
Just tell me this: where was Adam Sandler's charisma? His charm? Where was ANY facet of his personality, character, acting, voice or manner, I don't care how ineffable, that might endear him even the least little bit to an audience? A movie I can't help comparing this one to - although I haven't thought about it for years - is Rodney Dangerfield's `Back to School' (1986), which, now that I DO think about it, had an almost identical plot. It, too, was goofy and lowbrow. It, too, wasn't and didn't pretend to be a masterpiece: it offered neither satire nor depth. But it was fun. The crucial difference was that Dangerfield, unlike Sandler, was easy to like, so that the film would have succeeded to some degree even if Dangerfield HADN'T also had much better jokes. It's ESSENTIAL that we like the main comic at least a little. He needn't earn our sympathy - he can steal it or extort it, for all I care, so long as he gets it by some means or other. But Sandler pulled out every stop on the `just plain irritating' organ to prevent this coming to pass.
I suppose there's no talking people out of a laugh, but the jokes weren't funny, either.
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