Happy Gilmore

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"He doesn't play golf... he destroys it."
  • PG-13
  • 1996
  • 1 hr 32 min
  • 7.0  (250,054)
  • 31

Happy Gilmore is a 1996 sports comedy film directed by Dennis Dugan and starring Adam Sandler, Christopher McDonald and Julie Bowen. The movie tells the story of Happy Gilmore, a failed hockey player who discovers he has a talent for golf when he hits a golf ball 400 yards. With the help of retired golf pro Chubbs Peterson, Happy tries to qualify for the PGA Tour in order to win enough money to save his grandmother's house from being foreclosed upon.

The movie begins with Happy Gilmore's childhood, where he was constantly teased and bullied by other kids in his neighborhood due to his inability to ice skate. The only way he could fight back was by having a powerful slap-shot in hockey. Years later, Happy is an adult, still struggling to make it in the hockey world. After his girlfriend leaves him, he goes to the driving range to blow off some steam, where he discovers his talent for golf. Upon seeing Happy's impressive drive, a golf hustler named Chubbs Peterson convinces Happy to enter a local tournament to win prize money for his grandmother's house.

Despite his lack of experience and unorthodox playing style, Happy makes it to the tour, where he becomes known for his aggressive behavior, such as his tendency to yell and curse after bad shots, even fighting with other golfers on the course. This sets him up for a showdown with the tour's villain, Shooter McGavin, a condescending and entitled golfer who hates Happy, due to his unorthodox behavior and his growing popularity among the fans.

Along the way, Happy befriends a golf-loving nurse named Virginia Venit, who works as the tour's publicist and who helps Happy become a better golfer. Happy also has to face a personal tragedy when his beloved grandmother passes away, which takes a toll on his performance.

The film's humor is classic Adam Sandler-style slapstick, highlighted by Happy's aggressive and impulsive behavior, which constantly gets him into trouble. Happy's antics range from hitting shots through houses and sending balls rocketing through crowds of spectators, to verbally assaulting other golfers and destroying equipment. The humor is further accentuated by his volatile relationship with Shooter, as the two engage in a war of words and pranks that inevitably leads to a final showdown on the golf course.

Overall, Happy Gilmore is a hilarious sports movie that showcases Adam Sandler's witty and improvised dialogue, combined with a clever plot, unforgettable characters, and memorable one-liners that make it an instant classic. It's a story that emphasizes the importance of perseverance, self-belief, and redemption, and teaches us that even the unlikeliest of heroes can come out on top.

In conclusion, Happy Gilmore is a must-see movie for anyone looking for a good laugh and entertainment. With a great cast and exceptional comedic timing, it's a movie that has stood the test of time, and continues to make audiences laugh to this day.

Happy Gilmore is a 1996 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 32 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.0 and a MetaScore of 31.

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    1 hr 32 min
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    7.0  (250,054)
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