Happy Gilmore (1996)

Movie Title: Happy Gilmore

Year Released: 1996

Rated: PG-13

Runtime: 1h 33min

Genre: Comedy, Sports

Director: Dennis Dugan

Writer: Tim Herlihy, Adam Sandler, Judd Apatow

Starring: Adam Sandler, Christopher McDonald, Julie Bowen, Carl Weathers

Review: All Happy Gilmore (Adam Sandler) has ever wanted is to be a professional hockey player. But he soon discovers he may actually have a talent for playing an entirely different sport: golf. When his grandmother (Frances Bay) learns she is about to lose her home, Happy joins a golf tournament to try and win enough money to buy it for her. With his powerful driving skills and foulmouthed attitude, Happy becomes an unlikely golf hero -- much to the chagrin of the well-mannered golf professionals. With the help of retired pro, Chubbs Peterson (Carl Weathers), Happy goes head-to-head with Shooter McGavin (Christopher McDonald) for the coveted gold jacket. Happy Gilmore is a 90's Sandler film, which means the viewer should expect a healthy dosage of juvenile slapstick. With that said, it's some of Sandler's best work, as he applies the immaturity to golf, which golf naysayers often describe as being too serious. The film excels at delivering quick-witted humor at the perfect time, as well as having a great villain character in the brash, obnoxious Shooter McGavin. At the end of the day, Happy Gilmore is an hour and a half of absurd, ridiculous lowbrow humor. But it's very funny, and very quotable. If you're a fan of early Sandler, then this movie is a hole-in-one! If not, then I'd probably avoid it like a headhunting Volkswagen.

Stars (out of 4):

Fun Fact: Bob Barker wasn't sure if he wanted to be in the movie. When he learned that he was going to win the fight with Adam Sandler, he accepted the role.


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