“Back to school, back to school, to prove to Dad that I’m not a fool. I got my lunch packed up, my boots tied tight, I hope I don’t get in a fight!” So sings Billy Madison as he waits at the bus stop on his first day of school…as a twenty seven year-old man. Billy Madison is the typical Happy-Madison production: it has crude yet appealing humor and stars Adam Sandler. It gives its viewers a great laugh with its uproarious scenes and unforgettable lines. However, the practicality can be put into question.
Billy Madison is the story of the heir to a fortune 500 hotel chain who spends his days drinking by the pool with his friends, reading nude magazines, and doing as little as possible. Billy (Adam Sandler) is suddenly eager to do something with his life when his retiring, widowed father (Darren McGavin) informs him that the company will be turned over to his evil business associate Eric Gordon (Bradley Witford). When discovering that his father paid his way through school, Billy agrees to go back and “redo” grades one through twelve in twenty-four weeks to gain ownership of the company. Along the way Billy encounters many obstacles such as Veronica Vaughn (Bridgette Wilson), his eventual third grade teacher. Billy falls in love with her and, naturally, she ignores him and threatens to fail him if he does not begin straightening up. His biggest conflict comes when the Eric becomes increasingly agitated with Billy’s success in school. This causes a pivotal controversy involving Billy’s elementary school principal and puts his chances of graduating in jeopardy. From then on it becomes a literal competition to find out who will take over Madison Hotels while Billy continues to joke his way through school.
Billy Madison has a plot that is as unique as any. The idea of a slacking alcoholic going back to school with eight-year-old kids is undoubtedly an immediate chuckle; but no comedic plot is complete without scenes that keep the viewer wanting more....
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