Billy Madison

Movie review by
Alex Orner, Common Sense Media
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Goofy comedy with immature humor, profanity, sex jokes.
  • PG-13
  • 1995
  • 90 minutes
Popular with kidsParents recommend

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 14 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 65 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

The main character is an unmotivated heir to a hotel fortune who must learn to apply himself in order to succeed. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Characters are too silly, strange, and one-dimensional to be seen as positive role models. 

Violence

In a high school auditorium, a character pulls out a gun and starts shooting. He is shot at by another character armed with a rifle and scope. A clown seems to fall to its death at a party. A station wagon full of a family of bullies spins out of control and goes off a cliff. 

Sex

Sexual innuendo. The lead character is excited because it's "nudie magazine day;" he goes to the mailbox and takes out magazines with titles like Drunk Chicks. His teacher and eventual love interest helps him study by quizzing him on questions and removing an article of clothing each time he gets a question right; she does not get undressed. Billy and his friends ask each other the question, "Who would you rather bone?" concerning two famous people. Billy draws his teacher in a suggestive pose with the caption, "Do me, Billy!" His principal gives him a valentine that reads, "I'm horny!" In the tent where Billy studies, his bathroom is covered in pictures of naked women (not clearly seen), with speakers that make noises like women having orgasms. The man in charge of asking the questions during the "Academic Decathlon" continually refers to his wife's cheating on him and refers to her as a "tramp." 

Language

Some profanity. "F--k" is used once. "S--t." "Dips--t." "Horses--t." "Ass." "A--wipe." "Douchebag." Use of the word "retarded." 

Consumerism

Triscuit, Coke, and Snack Pack references.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some binge drinking involving Billy and his friends, causing Billy to see a hallucination of a penguin. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Billy Madison is a 1993 movie that launched the post-SNL career of Adam Sandler. The immature humor is full of sex jokes and innuendo that's targeted toward teenagers; for example, Billy is excited because it's "nudie magazine day," where he receives magazines with titles like Drunk Chicks. An older maid makes continuous sexual advances at the protagonist (including a request to take her shirt off for him). There is lots of profanity throughout the film, including "f--k," "s--t," and use of the word "retarded." The film contains some scenes of binge drinking. Billy is often hazed by the bullies of each grade he attends. Rude behavior rules. The ending features a positive message of accomplishment and resilience.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byhomealonefan123 June 5, 2014

Sandler's crudely immature but very funny comedy is a blast!

Parents need to know that this movie looks like a very kids friendly movie, but it is not. Although it is entertaining from start to finish, it does have a comi... Continue reading
Adult Written byEyeKare August 7, 2011

No redeeming value

Billy is rude, vulgar, inconsiderate and mean. The message is that money can buy you friends and favors. Billy has a sense of entitlement that isn't a posi... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old May 31, 2010

A Little Too Sexual...

In one part the teacher says "That milk belongs to that classroom" and Billy replies "Oh, they don't gots to know about it. It could be our... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byredskinator3000 June 11, 2011

Nine plus

Great movie for nine plus

What's the story?

To inherit his family's chain of hotels, Billy (Adam Sandler) makes a deal with his father to pass grades 1-12 without cheating. There is only one problem: Billy is a good-for-nothing idiot. The 27-year-old spoiled brat is usually drunk. He chases invisible penguins and pranks neighbors by setting fire to bags of poo on their doorsteps. As the movie progresses, Billy slowly learns responsibility. The film culminates with an academic decathlon against conniving Madison Hotels V.P., Eric Gordon (Bradley Whitford) and Billy falling in love with his teacher Veronica Vaughn (Bridgette Wilson).

Is it any good?

Similar to Sandler's Happy Gilmore, BILLY MADISON is a silly, unintelligent comedy that offers no real message. Without warning, though, audiences both young and old may find themselves guffawing at the film's more random memorable moments (Miss Lippy's paste facial comes to mind). The film features great cameos by Steve Buscemi and Sandler's old SNL pals Chris Farley and Norm McDonald. There's lots of iffy material but young teens are sure to enjoy it.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Billy's apathetic view on life. How did growing up without any pressures or responsibilities result in Billy's degenerate lifestyle?

  • This was Adam Sandler's first movie. How did this movie set the tone for future Adam Sandler movies? What similarities do you see between this and other movies starring Adam Sandler? 

  • In light of so much gun violence in schools in the years since this movie was released, do you think the climactic scene in the high school auditorium would be the same had the movie been released just a few years later? 

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