Happy Gilmore Dvd

Written by Sarah Provost
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Adam Sandler takes the title role in Happy Gilmore, and that will pretty much tell you whether you want to see the movie. If you're a fan of Sandler's shenanigans, you'll love it. If you're not, you won't.

Happy Gilmore wants nothing more than to play hockey, but he can't skate. What he can do, he discovers by accident, is hit a golf ball far and straight. A retired golf pro (Carl Weathers) takes him under his tutelage and coaches him into winning a tournament. From there, he joins the PGA and becomes a sensation. Golf lovers, especially his smug rival Shooter McGavin (Christopher McDonald) are horrified by his barbaric behavior and the far-from-couth fans he attracts.

Fish Out of Water and onto the Links

The problem is, Happy doesn't like golf. And when Happy's not happy, everybody knows it. His hockey-player mentality doesn't fit the genteel world of the country club--he even gets into a brawl with Bob Barker! The only reason he keeps playing is because he needs money to help his poor grandmother regain the home she lost to back taxes. There's also a cute publicist in the picture.

These two soft spots aside, Happy is just plain nasty. Critics often compared this movie to the classic golf comedy Caddyshack, but Sandler has more in common with Jerry Lewis's physical comedy than with Bill Murray's cerebral smarminess. Enough audience members were amused by Happy's antics and tantrums to make the movie a modest success and Sandler a star.


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