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He's the heir to the Madison Hotel millions, but in order to win his father's resepct, and his Fortune 500 company, grown-up goof-off Billy must repeat all 12 grades of school - in just 24 weeks! Comedy superstar Adam Sandler stars in this laugh-a-minute hit.
Billy (Sandler) is about to inherit his father's (McGavin) hotel empire. There's only one problem, he's a moron. So, he makes a deal with his dad that he will go back through school--first through twelfth grades--to prove that he's capable of taking over the company. Along the way, he falls in love with one of his elementary school teachers (Wilson). Slightly awkward...It's a predictable movie that follows a formula very closely. There are parts of it that are very funny, and there are parts of it that are just plain annoying. MacDonald, for example, is absolutely annoying. Even more so than he was while he was on SNL. His character adds absolutely nothing to the movie. Not only that, but its completely unbelievable that Wilson would fall in love with him. There's little to nothing to lift the film above its core idea: situation + Sandler = potential comedy.
If "Dumb and Dumber" is cleaning up, why not the equivalent of "Dumb, Dumber, Dumbest?" That seems to be the guiding principle behind Adam Sandler's first star vehicle, which, after an initial look from committed fans and some youngsters, promises to continue the streak of so-so grades for the current "Saturday Night Live" class at the box office...Sandler and director Tamra Davis ("CB4") bring a certain manic energy and no-holds-barred attitude to the proceedings but still feel like they're stretching sketch material to feature length...There are a few bursts of sheer, irresistible idiocy -- along the lines of "Wayne's World" or even "Pee-wee's Big Adventure"-- but not enough to sustain the more arid stretches. Taking a page from Jim Carrey's playbook, Sandler's madcap character is also constantly demented, to the point where it's hard to tell, at least at first, whether he's just a dork or there's something actually wrong with him.
DVD, English, French, Dolby, Digital Audio, Dolby Digital (5.1)
Clint Morris, MovieHole
The best film Sandler has done. Wildy funny and appropriately over the top.
Rita Kempley, Washington Post
...a more kid-friendly version of "Dumb and Dumber."