Happy Gilmore

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Happy Gilmore
Genre: Comedy
Running Time: 92 minutes
Country: United States
Release Date: February 16, 1996
Directed by: Dennis Dugan
Written by: Tim Herlihy
Adam Sandler
Distributed by: Universal Pictures
Starring: Adam Sandler
Christopher McDonald
Julie Bowen
Carl Weathers

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

  1. This is one of the few Adam Sandler films that don’t suck.
  2. 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.
  3. Great blend of sports, romance, and comedy.
  4. 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.
  5. Funny side characters, like Otto and Mr. Larson.
  6. Chubbs’ death is arguably one of the funniest deaths in cinema history. It comes off as unpredictable and surprising.
  7. Great choice of casting.
  8. Good choice of music, particularly Endless Love.
  9. The scene where Happy gets into a fist fight with Bob Barker, who hosted The Price is Right at the time.
  10. 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.
  11. ”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?”
  12. ”You suck, ya jackass!”

Bad Qualities

  1. Way too much profanity and inappropriate scenes for a PG-13 movie.
  2. A few unlikable characters like Hal and Donald.
  3. A few jokes can be pretty weak.
  4. It started the controversial Happy Madison franchise (along with Billy Madison).
  5. The weird scene when Shooter makes out with Virginia and Grandma Gilmore in Happy’s “happy place”.
  6. Lots of product placement from Subway.