The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.2101 Wednesday, 15 November 2000.
Date: Wednesday, 15 Nov 2000 00:03:54 -0500
Subject: Hamlet in Billy Madison Film
The first few lines of Hamlet's "To be or not to be" soliloquy are cited
in a scene in the comedy Billy Madison (dir. Tamra Davis, 1995),
starring Adam Sandler. Sandler plays a loser rich kid named Billy
Madison who goes back to school (K-12) in order to take over his
father's business. (He has to graduate each grade in two weeks to do so
or his rival, Eric Gordon (Bradley Whitford), will take over the
business instead.) Madison ends up having an academic decathlon contest
with his rival, who at one point begins to read "to be or not to be"
from a copy of Hamlet. Sandler then comes on in Elizabethan dress
(green, not black), interrupts Gordon, and finishes the sentence from
the soliloquy Godon had begun. Later, the two men end the decathlon by
playing a jeopardy like game and one of the topics on the board is