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Happy Gilmore

Posted by admin on September 17, 2013


How do you succeed in a field where you work with controlled anger, yet you have anger issues? Some might think it’s a match made in heaven, but given that most work can trigger stress, this makes things worse. This is why I work as a film critic and not as a video game critic. Having been killed off for the fiftieth time or not knowing how to solve a maze puzzle would set me off more then having to eat broccoli. In fact, I one threw a controller at my Super Nintendo after continually dying in a Superman game. My parents were then set off, and preceded to punish me.

Though I’m a pretty mellow guy, I feel like that it would turn me loose, hence why I don’t play that many video games. Sports are probably the better outlet for those that are easily prone to anger. But putting everything into working out and learning to channel all of their high moods into their game, they may have a chance. Football and basketball seem to take in a lot of these people. Golf does not. How many golfers do you know that throw their clubs after not getting the putt in for a birdie. The only one I know is of Adam Sandler in Happy Gilmore.

 Happy Gilmore (played by Adam Sandler) is a young man who has wanted to become a hockey player ever since he was a child. What prevents him from making his fantasy into reality is that he’s not a skilled skater and his anger causes problems. He has tried out each year for a junior league, but is always told to “try again next year”. Things go worse when he finds that his grandmother (played by Francis Bay) owes big money to the IRS, or their going to take the house she’s lived in for a long time.

While supervising the men reposing grandma’s stuff, Happy discovers that a hockey stick maneuver can actually shoot a long ball from a regular set of gold clubs. He’s seen by a former pro golfer Chubbs Peterson (played by Carl Weathers) who tells him that playing in a local tournament could get him on the Pro Golf Tour (parody of the PGA tour). Chubbs manages to get Happy to control his anger and the latter winning his spot on the tour. Another golfer Shooter McGavin (played by Christopher McDonald) is aspiring to win the gold jacket (again, parody of the green jacket) and make sure that the sport of golf is not declassed by Happy.

If I talk about this, then I need to bring up Caddyshack. That movie is one of the best sports comedies of all time, examining most of the best about golf; snobbish country clubs, frequent rodents, and the fact that the greens are the one place where both the rich and poor and challenge each other. Happy Gilmore was something that I used to watch a lot in middle and high school. Looking back at it now, I still think that it’s a generally funny movie.

I wouldn’t call Happy Gilmore one of best or funniest movies about golf, but for a standard comedy, I laugh at this a lot more then I do for most Adam Sandler movies these days. I think what I like about this movie is that Sandler plays a man who shouldn’t be a likable hero, and he makes him someone that I care about. Sandler looks that he’s been trying to repeat the character in his other movies like That’s my Boy and Jack and Jill.

I’ll also give this movie some credit for creating some interest in the sport of golf. I know that this sport is not an easy pitch to the younger crowd, but you wouldn’t believe how many young adults claim that they wanted to golf after seeing Happy Gilmore. Kudos to this for at least generating an interest.


I’ll give this four alligator heads with one eye out of five. I don’t believe that Happy Gilmore is as bad as most critics have made it out to be, but I can see it’s not the better of sports movies. It's dumb, but it's funny. This works better as a vehicle for Adam Sandler then as a movie about golf. If you’re a fan of his, this is worth seeing a lot of his earlier material.


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