YMMV: Billy Madison

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Was Carl trying to get Billy to be president because he knew he'd be the real power behind Madison Hotels and knew that if Eric took charge, he'd be powerless?
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment:
    • There is a solitary musical sequence in the middle of the movie containing several of the film's characters.
    • Additionally, the "Schlopppy Joes" scene. Even with vaguely dramatic music playing in the background, it adds nothing to the plot.
    • Billy dancing to "I'll Tumble 4 Ya" on the stairs.
  • Critical Dissonance: Like many of Adam Sandler's movies, this movie was slammed hard by critics, but was a huge hit with audiences.
  • Memetic Mutation: Pretty much every line in the film. If you grew up in The Nineties, you can probably quote this film line-for-line. Special mentions go to "O'Doyle Rules!" "Shampoo is better/No, conditioner is better," "Nudie magazine day" and, of course, the whole "I award you no points and may God have mercy on your soul" monologue.
    • The latter became popular to put after Sarah Palin quotes during the 2008 presidential election.
    • There is a particular demographic who will, upon hearing the word "chlorophyll", will either reply, or think, "Chlorophyll? More like BOROPHYLL."
  • Moment Of Awesome/Funny: The principal/contest host's reply to Billy's answer about the Industrial Revolution (see the quote on the main page). So awesome/hilarious, in fact, that a bankruptcy judge used that very quote to a defendant in real life!
  • Moral Event Horizon: When Eric tries to shoot Billy. After the Principal intervenes, he tries to shoot Veronica For the Evulz.
  • Strawman Has a Point: Eric is a Corrupt Corporate Executive and sleazy Jerk Ass who merely wants to run Madison Hotels. However, he is right when he points out that the company's fifty-thousand employees are not likely to have jobs for very long if the president makes his drunkard son (who only graduated because his father bribed his teachers) president of the company. Note, though, that before Billy strikes a deal to graduate legitimately, this actually does temporarily convince Billy's father to hand the reins over to Eric. It's also noteworthy that, after some Character Development, Billy himself concludes that he's not cut out for the management of a large company and turns it over to Carl, who is both competent and not a Jerkass.