Runtime : 92 min
Genre : Comedy | Sport
Movie Release : 16 February 1996 (USA)
Director: Dennis Dugan
Writers: Tim Herlihy, Adam Sandler
Stars: Adam Sandler, Christopher McDonald, Julie Bowen
A Hockey player wannabe finds out that he has the most powerful golf drive in history. He joins the P.G.A. tour to make some money to save grandma’s house. The downside is that his hocky player mentality doesn’t really go on the P.G.A. tour. Especially with the favorite to win the championship.
A “pro” golfer duking it out with veteran game-show host Bob Barker right in the middle of a tournament. That scene alone makes this one of the more memorable comedies of the last 30 years. Almost everyone I know has either seen or heard of that scene and everyone laughs at it.
It IS ludicrous and that’s what makes it so funny. In fact, most of the movie is totally preposterous, totally unbelievable and totally wacky, which is Adam Sandler’s trademark in these comedies. He’s low key but violent, as he was in Mr. Deeds, Punch-Drunk Love and a few other films.
Here, Sander is even more vocal and violent than normal and definitely more crude, which is saying something since this actor usually doesn’t play guys with a lot of class. “Happy” is a hot-tempered hockey player who can hit a golf ball 400 yards so he tries his hand on the PGA tour to help raise money for his grandmother. I just shake my head even writing that last sentence, it sounds so stupid….but this is a stupid movie with an incredibly stupid story but is hilarious, for the most part.
Anyone who is a golfer would appreciate this movie more than others, because Sandler says and does things we’d all like to do on the links at times but, thankfully, don’t. In short: this is a crude but very funny movie.
Happy Gilmore Trailer