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Happy Gilmore is a 1996 sports comedy directed by Dennis Dugan. It is about an unsuccesful hockey player who becomes a golfer to get the money to get his grandma’s house back.
Why It Rocks
- This is one of the few Adam Sandler films that don’t suck.
- Happy is a very likable protagonist with lots of character development. He starts off as a lazy jerk who would beat up everyone to a caring and persevered athlete. Sandler did a great job playing his character.
- Great blend of sports, romance, and comedy.
- Virginia Venit is a likable character as well. She brings Happy an important message that his grandma would rather see him succeed than get her house back.
- Funny side characters, like Otto and Mr. Larson.
- Chubbs’ death is arguably one of the funniest deaths in cinema history. It comes off as unpredictable and surprising.
- Great choice of casting.
- Good choice of music, particularly Endless Love.
- The scene where Happy gets into a fist fight with Bob Barker, who hosted The Price is Right at the time.
- Shooter McGavin is an underrated movie villain whose motives are clear on why he wants Happy out the tour. Like Sandler, McDonald did a great job with his character.
- ”How about I just eat some hay? I can make things out of clay, I will lay by the bay I just may. What do you say?”
- ”You suck, ya jackass!”
- Way too much profanity and inappropriate scenes for a PG-13 movie.
- A few unlikable characters like Hal and Donald.
- A few jokes can be pretty weak.
- It started the controversial Happy Madison franchise (along with Billy Madison).
- The weird scene when Shooter makes out with Virginia and Grandma Gilmore in Happy’s “happy place”.
- Lots of product placement from Subway.