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Billy Madison
Universal // PG-13 // January 2, 2003
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Review by Ron J. Epstein | posted December 1, 2002 | E-mail the Author
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The Feature:
Meet Billy Madison (Adam Sandler). Billy is the heir to a Fortune 500 company, but has one minor problem… He's a moron who spends all day drinking and looking forward to "Nudie Magazine Day." After embarrassing his father at an important dinner, it is revealed that his unethical employee, Eric (Bradley Whitford) will inherit the chain of Madison Hotels, not Billy. Billy is then determined to prove to his father that he is not a moron, and proposes that he repeat all 12 grades within 24 weeks. His father agrees, and comic hilarity ensues.

Billy Madison, in my opinion, is Adam Sandler's funniest movie (followed closely by Happy Gilmore). I can remember watching this movie with friends in college, spending the whole time talking about what lines in the movie was our favorite ("If peeing in your pants is cool, then consider me Miles Davis.")

I could go into detail about the plot of the movie, but honestly, it's really flaccid. The strongest point of the movie is that it doesn't drag on in the least. It's a perfect 90 minutes long, tells the story, makes us laugh, and then plays the credits. This movie has an entirely different, and better, feel from Adam Sandler's later movies… it's not pretending to be something it isn't.

Video:
The DVD is presented in Anamorphic Widescreen 1.85:1. The colors are sharp and vibrant. The picture is near flawless, with an occasional artifact here and there.

Audio:
The audio is presented in Dolby Digital Surround 5.1. Everything sounds crisp and clean. This isn't the kind of movie that pushes the limits of your sound system, but should I really be complaining? The DVD contains language tracks in French, as well as Spanish.

Menus:
Completely static images from the movie. They are easy to navigate, and very direct.

Extras:
I would have killed for some decent extras here, especially if you consider the fact that the USA network plays an extended cut of this movie (There's an additional kickball scene, as well as countless others). The only thing on this disc that is considered an extra is the Theatrical Trailer. Boo!

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