What’s the best Adam Sandler movie? If you said anything other than Billy Madison, then at no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone on this website is now dumber for having listened to it. We award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul. Join us in remembering exactly how good Billy Madison is when we screen it at Avalon Theater on Wednesday, March 20. Tickets are available now.
Even though The Wedding Singer remains an all-time classic, Happy Gilmore is great, Spanglish was an underrated gem, and Punch-Drunk Love was an impressive turn to serious acting for the Sand Man, Billy Madison wasn’t just Sandler’s first leading role in a major motion picture. It’s still widely regarded to be one of his best films as well. For those who need a reminder, the 1995 film follows the underachieving Madison (Sandler) as he repeats grades 1-12 in an effort to inherit his father’s hotel empire. As the childish slacker works his way closer to graduation, he falls for one of his teachers (Bridgette Wilson), deals with the prideful O’Doyle family, and learns a thing or two about himself along the way. Oh yeah, the movie also features memorable appearances by Chris Farley, Norm Macdonald, Bradley Whitford, and Steve Buscemi.
If encouraging you to buy tickets in advance is cool, consider us Miles Davis. Tickets to the 7 p.m. screening are $5. While Snack Packs won’t be available, Avalon will be selling a variety of foods and non-alcoholic beverages on-site. And if you’re like the surly custodian and you’d rather have a beer, Lakefront Brewery—a proud film sponsor—will have a few of their brews on tap at the screening.
Movie theaters don’t show Billy Madison very often, so for the love of God, cherish it. You have to cherish it.