Adam Sandler has never been accused of high art in his films. Sandler’s 1995 Billy Madison became a cult classic, hailed as a “masterclass in male comedy”. (Yes, this is a real quote from rolling stone.) While the film has a touching message of never giving up and an impressive cast, Billy Madison was panned by 16 points on metacritic. out of the maximum possible 100 points.
However, here’s the thing: It may be a cult classic, but there are quite a few comedic gags that haven’t aged, especially in regards to women. Billy has a nudity magazine, Drunk Chicks, an adult magazine title that doesn’t even seem remotely funny today. Similarly, Chris Farley, who plays the bus driver, peeks into the teacher’s skirt as she boards the bus. And of course, who can forget when a kid dares Billy to grab his teacher’s chest, to which he replies, “It’s an att*ck, brother,” only to raise his eyebrows and ask if he dares twice? The child does, and Billy gleefully falls on his teacher, feeling her breasts.
In 1995, these scenes were considered rough and crude; in the modern world it is uncomfortable to watch; disgusting factor of s*xual assault and molestation played out for laughs, it seems like this PG-13 rated movie should come with a content warning these days.
If you or someone you know has been the victim of s*xual assault, help is available. visit National Network of Rape, Abuse and Incest website or contact RAINN National Help Desk at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673).
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