Happy Gilmore (SE)
WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Hockey lover, grandma lover and overall good guy Happy Gilmore (Adam Sandler) has to get a ton of money to buy back his grandma’s house before the bank takes it over and puts it up for auction. He has a strong hockey swing but, being a failed hockey player, he gets into golf instead to win tournaments and prize money. He becomes the talk of the golf course with his wild antics and even has a golf course run-in with Bob Barker of “The Price is Right” fame. Originally released in 1996.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
This film made me laugh and was even touching, especially the scenes with Sandler and his grandmother, wonderfully played by Frances Bay. We truly see how much he loves his grandma, it’s so sweet. Co-starring Kevin Nealon as the spacey friend with some strange words of advice, Christopher MacDonald as the rival golfer with a nasty attitude, and Carl Weathers as Gilmore’s one-handed golf mentor Chubbs in the film, this film is mostly known for its infamous Bob Barker fight scene with Sandler. Barker plays himself and is hilarious, and tough, as you’ll see and the fight between the two is something to behold. I personally enjoyed the way-too-small part that Ben Stiller has in the film, as the nursing home’s evil nurse who treats the elderly like factory workers, and threatens them at any chance he gets. He was so good and I loved his huge moustache too.
Sandler’s Gilmore has a heart of gold, as he will do anything to help his grandma, but unfortunately for him, his rival, the talented golfer named Shooter McGavin (MacDonald) is spinning his own ugly web behind the scenes to discredit Gilmore and win the tournament himself. The rivalry between the two golfers is fun to watch, and I especially found MacDonald’s non-comebacks hilarious. There is one scene in particular, when Sandler rhymes, “…and then I will eat hay, what do you say, etc.” as a comeback intended at MacDonald’s character, that was perfect, and made me laugh out loud. You have to see it to really understand the joke, but it’s a great one. Although the soundtrack did not play a major role in the film, its cool seventies music was enjoyable and was an added bonus for me. The overall acting, story and pacing of the film kept me fully amused for its full 90 minutes.
Never-Before-Seen Deleted Scenes: Over twenty minutes of boring, non-essential deleted scenes. Not worth watching.
Outtakes: Around five minutes of film outtakes, of which only one was funny.
Although the DVD features are nothing to write home about, the film itself is funny and heart-felt and worth writing home about, so to speak. Its entertainment value is still there, even for someone like me who had already seen it before. Any Sandler fan will love this film, one of his earliest and funniest comedies. Ben Stiller’s small role alone is worth checking out this DVD for, but that’s just my opinion. A good, funny one and a half hours to spend the time, pick it up soon to add to your DVD collection.