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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Tamra Davis
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Adam Sandler ... Billy Madison
Darren McGavin ... Brian Madison
Bridgette Wilson-Sampras ... Veronica Vaughn (as Bridgette Wilson)
Bradley Whitford ... Eric Gordon
Josh Mostel ... Principal Max Anderson
Norm MacDonald ... Frank
Mark Beltzman ... Jack
Larry Hankin ... Carl Alphonse
Theresa Merritt ... Juanita
Dina Platias Dina Platias ... Miss Lippy
Hrant Alianak ... Pete
Vincent Marino Vincent Marino ... Cook
Jack Mather Jack Mather ... Ted 'Old Man' Clemens
Christopher Kelk ... Rollo the Janitor
Marc Donato ... Nodding 1st Grader
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Storyline

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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A comedy about an overwhelming underachiever. See more »

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Comedy

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

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Though he co-wrote the script, Adam Sandler also ad-libbed a lot of his performance. Director Tamara Davis said, "It was important to let Adam be Adam." See more »

Goofs

When they are on the bus for the field trip, the shots inside the bus clearly show that it is a short bus, while the shots of it on the road show the bus as full size. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Billy Madison: [sings] # Suntan lotion is good for me. / You protect me, hee-hee-hee. #
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Alternate Versions

The Australian network TV version cuts out the line "You gotta get out there, and find that fuckin' dog!" that Billy says commenting on the book "The Puppy Who Lost His Way" to reduce the M rating to a PG. Cable and Video/DVD versions are unchanged. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: The Best of Adam Sandler (1999) See more »

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Renegade
Written by Tommy Shaw
Performed by Styx
Courtesy of A&M Records, Inc.
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Total rubbish. Just excruciating. You actually LIKE this??
10 April 2004 | by b3n9raySee all my reviews

This was on TV last night, and I watched it on the strength of the reviews here at imdb.com. I am AMAZED that so many people liked this pustulent, fetid, rancid discharge of a film. Its lack of comedy is only equalled by its immaturity and pointlessness. There is no acting, no humour, and a plot so thin I can only wonder how it survives holding the weight of its own rancid patheticness. I was literally slack jawed with shock at how bad this film is. I was frustrated with sorrow for the people who actually liked this - one reviewer says that he / she was laughing out loud. At what? How films like this ever get released? How Adam Sandler still has a career after this moronic turd of a film? Just awful. Dont say I did not warn you. By the way, this is only the 2nd review I have written on imdb.com. Generally I feel little need to, as previous posters sum up (generally) the pros and cons of a film very well, but I feel in this case, the public should be warned. I cannot BELIEVE there are so many good reviews for this film, and the truth needs to be told. I am actually offended that this rubbish got greenlighted, made and released, where actual (would be) decent films never see production.

Shocking.


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Release Date:

10 February 1995 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,639,080, 12 February 1995

Gross USA:

$25,588,734

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$26,488,734
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