'Boorish man-child' isn't a favorite flavor of comedy for me, so Adam Sandler's bull-in-china-shop performance at times struggles to draw a laugh, except when he allows himself to be the butt of the joke—like when he shows up to high school blasting Billy Squier in a denim jacket, a totally outmoded idea of cool by 1995's grunge era. It also helps that the supporting cast includes scene stealer Chris Farley.
This film is probably gonna get no love on this site and while my affection for it is probably mostly based on childhood nostalgia, I will argue that "Billy Madison" is a darkly comedic vision with enough surreal and berzerk touches to compare it to Bunuel and the Marx Brothers.
A film that defined my childhood. Before the age of 10, I must have watched this over 100 times. Re-watching it 15 years later was a trip. I can still quote the entire film, but now, I must say, it really is a bad movie. Hilarious, juvenile, and even ugly at times, it was fun to revisit but, like it's central character, it's time to grow up.