Billy Madison

1995 PG-13 1h 30m DVD

Billy Madison

1995 PG-13 1h 30m DVD
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Job-averse goofball Billy Madison stands to inherit a fortune when his hotel magnate father retires and leaves him in charge. But Billy's dad won't trust him with the family business unless he goes back to school. All the way back.
Adam Sandler, Darren McGavin, Bridgette Wilson-Sampras, Bradley Whitford, Josh Mostel, Norm MacDonald, Mark Beltzman, Larry Hankin
Tamra Davis
Widescreen 1.85:1
English, Spanish (Neutral), French
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
PG-13 - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.
age 13+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 13+
age 13+

Common Sense Note

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.

Sexual Content

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."


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.


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

Social Behavior

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


Triscuit, Coke, and Snack Pack references.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

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

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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