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      31.07.2013 08:31
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      I love it!

      Happy Gilmore is a film that I remember watching with my slightly younger brother when we were teenagers and just giggling all the way through it. I actually forgot about the film really until a few months ago when browsing the play.com sale and I spotted it for around five pounds. I immediately popped it in to my basket and bought it and this is my review of the film.

      Happy Gilmore was released in 1996 so I would imagine I first watched it soon after its release as I would have been 16 at the time. It was one of Adam Sandler's first movies as far as I am aware and he takes the main role in this one. The film is about a young man called Happy Gilmore who tends to just be rolling through life with only one real aspiration and that is to play ice hockey. The only problem is that Happy may have a pretty good ability to strike the puck fast, hard and a long distance but he cannot stay on his feet well on the ice and so he is never going to make it! One day when Happy's Grandma's house is being repossessed because she hasn't paid her taxes he learns that he can make money by basically betting people on how long he can strike a golf ball and in turn realises that he may actually have a shot of making some money as a golfer and so wins an amateur cup and earns a place on the professional tour! All Happy really wants to do is earn enough money to be able to buy back Grandma's house and so he decides to give it his all.

      From the off I have to say that I find this film absolutely hilarious and so do many other people that I know but this is not necessarily going to be the kind of film that will be to everyone's taste as the laughs are generally cheap ones which focus on Happy's temper, accidents or just plain silliness to be honest. I personally love the fact that I can watch this film and just chill out and giggle through it without being challenged in to thinking too much!

      What I particularly love about this film is the way that Happy has such a temper when things are going wrong. As such he will often be found punching someone or other on the golf course when one of his attempts at putting the ball doesn't work! There is a hilarious section in the film where he ends up fighting with his celebrity partner Bob Barker on the golf course and he basically ends up with his bottom being well and truly kicked and it makes me laugh every time! Another great moment is when Happy decides to go for some revenge for his friend Chubbs who had his hand bitten off by an alligator in the lake on a course and ends up wrestling the alligator in the lake himself! Silly, cheap laughs but ones which for me really do make me smile.

      Adam Sandler plays Happy Gilmore really well. I think in parts it can look as though he is trying not to laugh himself but this adds to the charm of the film for me which is basically one that looks pretty low budget for the most part, especially when compared to films these days. I love the relationship between Happy and his Grandma who is played by Frances Bay and I think it comes across on the screen well. One of my favourite lines in the film is when Grandma asks Happy how his lovely girlfriend is and he replies "Oh she got hit by a car. She's dead" rather than actually admit that they had broken up and she had left him!

      The characters and actors in this film all fit in well I think and in particular I liked the casting of Christopher McDonald as Shooter McGavin who is basically the favourite to win the gold jacket in the golf until Happy comes along. He is a nasty, smug man and the actor plays him so well that you actually do start to really dislike him! The banter between him and Happy really does make me giggle as Shooter normally comes off looking a little silly! There are some really great characters in this film which are not in the film much but which always make me laugh and the two examples which stand out to me are the jackass man and Frankenstein who have some classic moments. What is great though is that often the body language used by the actors is enough to make you start laughing!

      This film is a 12 and this is really down to the fact that there is occasional bad language used and the odd reference to sexual things too. Now, I have actually watched this film with my son because I think that really there isn't anything in this film that he wouldn't hear in other films aimed more at families in terms of some of the words said and a lot of them just go totally over his head anyway! He would never repeat them and he doesn't even giggle at them as you may expect a child to do if they think something is naughty. What my son does do though is literally roar with laughter at some of the scenes in this film!

      The film lasts for 91 minutes and so it isn't a massively long film. I would certainly recommend giving it a watch if you haven't already if it sounds like your kind of thing. I don't know anyone that doesn't love this film and so although it isn't brilliantly made it works well and is the kind of film that I don't think will ever get old! You can buy the DVD for just £3.00 on amazon which is a nothing price really!

      Thank you for reading my review!

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        25.02.2013 08:32
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        I defy you not to laugh! great film

        As with other reviews, please can I reiterate that I am writing about this film, purely from my own angle - I am not a professional critic, I only write about the film I have recently watched from a totally personal point of view.
        Happy Gilmore

        I am shocked to discover that this film first came out in 1996.. that is 17 years ago! Yet, if you watch the film now it doesn't appear to have dated in the slightest, to be fair the humor in this film is timeless and the film doesn't portray anything obviously "current"

        Happy Gilmore was written by Adam Sandler and Tim Herlihy, these two men have worked together on many fantastically funny flilms in the last 15 years, it is a combination that works well.
        The film is certificate 12 and is 88 minutes long.
        The Storyline

        For obvious reasons, this film should be a poignant, sad story, but instead it is a comedy, and a very good one at that.
        Happy Gilmore, played by Adam Sandler, is a passionate ice hockey player, he is very good on the whole, but doesn't get chosen for the important teams as he has a temper which he finds it impossible to control on the ice - I need to make sure I explain this properly, it is not that Happy is a horrid, aggressive person, he is a character that as a viewer you warm to and like, but things go wrong for him.

        His professional sporting life does not go well, neither does his working life, he moves jobs regularly. Even his long term girlfriend leaves him, but somehow this still manages to be funny (She teaches young children and he tells her that her finger paintings suck!)
        Happy was brought up by his grandmother, who he totally adores, however she doesn't tell him that she is in financial trouble and owes a fortune in taxes - the only way out of this situation is for her to sell her home, which Happy's grandfather had built, with his bare hands.

        Happy needed to raise some money, but it amounted to many thousands of dollars. Whilst the removal men were moving Grandma's belongings out of the house, the removal men and Happy challenged each other to a bet, using the golf clubs -it turned out, to everyones surprise that Happy Gilmore had an amazing talent for Golf. Happy managed to hit a ball 400 yards three times and won forty dollars from the removal men, this gave him the idea that he could make money from this talent.
        Happy spends time at the local Golf Club and is noticed by the resident Golf Pro there, Chubbs Peterson, played by Carl Weathers. Chubbs sees the potential in Happy and wants to train him for 6 months, to get him ready to join the tour, Happy however joins the tour immediately, as soon as he qualifies for it.

        To discuss the plot too much further, would be to give the storyline away too much. Happy has to work through tournaments, in competition with Shooter McGavin, a professional golfer, who is very jealous of Happy Gilmore and does not want him to succeed, and certainly does not want Happy to beat himself.
        Will Happy raise the money to get his Grandma's house back, whilst she is in a retirement home, being cruelly treated by her carer (Ben Stiller) "You're in my world now Grandma" with threats of "landscaping duties" and being told that she can have a glass of "shut the hell up!"

        Happy Gilmore needs to focus if he is to become a winner whilst playing Golf, he has great talent for it, but still wishes he was playing Hocket
        The Cast

        Adam Sandler
        Christopher McDonald
        Julie Bowen
        Frances Bay
        Carl Weathers
        Allen Covert
        Kevin Nealon
        Richard Kiel
        Dennis Dugan
        Joe Flaherty
        Lee Trevino
        Bob Barker
        Verne Lundquist
        Mark Lye
        Ben Stiller
        My opinion

        As a family we have found this film hilarious, our children are now in their twenties, and still laugh at this film now, as they did when they were teenagers.
        It shouldn't be a "feel good" film, with what is obviously a sad plot/story line, but hey -it is an Adam Sandler film, feel-good/slapstick/silly - highly amusing and great fun.

        Watch it once, and you will probably watch it again a couple months later.
        It has been around for so long now that you can buy this DVD for just a couple pounds online.

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          30.08.2012 12:54

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          Perfect for wasting a couple of hours laughing yourself silly

          ~Info~

          Classification - 12
          Region - 2
          Run Time - 92 minutes

          ~Review~

          Happy Gilmore is a failed ice hockey player who has to turn to gold when his beloved grandmother is in trouble with the IRS for not paying her taxes. She has to find the money in 90 days or the bank is going to take her house. Blessed with an unbelievable shot in ice hockey, but no other skills apart from fighting, Happy finds out he can transfer this skill to golf. Originally making money by entering long drive competitions he is picked up by the local golf pro, Chubbs Peterson, and makes it onto the pro tour. Can he make enough money, and get one over on the unlikeable but top golf player Shooter McGavin, and save his grandmothers' house?

          I can still remember this film when I first watched it, well over 10 years ago, and I still love it as much now as I did then. If you like Adam Sandler films then you will definitely want to see this one and even if you don't you should still try it!. It is a very easy watching comedy, don't expect any major acting performances but you will get involved in the storyline and be willing on the star of the show. Added in our some excellent little cameos like Richard Kiel, Jaws from Bond, and Bob Barker.

          It is a silly comedy, meant in the best possible way, and a great way to kill a couple of hours. The plot is fairly predictable but that won't stop you from getting involved. You will find yourself quoting all the lines and remembering this film for a long time. Or until the next day when you watch it all over again! This will have you laughing all the way through.

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          22.02.2011 21:59
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          Overall a brilliant film jam-packed with laughs.

          Happy Gilmore is a comedy that follows the wannabe hockey player turned professional golfer Happy Gilmore (Adam Sandler). Happy turns to golf when his long driving talent is spotted by ex-pro golfer Chubbs. Chubbs persuades Happy to start professional golf by telling him that Pro golfers make lots of money. This instantly appeals to Happy as his grandmother's house is currently being re-possessed and is in danger of being auctioned off for sale.

          Happy endures a long learning curve in the form of professional golf tournaments and becomes more and more successful along the way and attracts a huge, crowd full of people who you wouldn't typically expect to see watching golf.

          In his journey, Happy falls in love , Screams at a golf ball to get 'in its home', tells a partner golfer 'old man river, zip it or ill break your hip'(which lead to a fight between the pair), and acquires a homeless caddy who eats biscuits off of the floor!

          This film is extremely funny and is a great watch for any comedy fan, especially for those Adam Sandler fans who wish to see him in his earlier career.

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            24.09.2010 00:09
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            Another cracker from the comedy genius that is Adam Sandler

            In my eyes Adam Sandler can do no wrong I thoroughly enjoy all his films and Happy Gilmore has to be right up there as one of the classics.

            I haven't always been a fan as I only ever saw my first Adam Sandler film about 7 years ago (which just so happens was Happy Gilmore), It was curled up on cold October's night with the gas fire on and with my new girl friend (now my wife) having a nice quiet Saturday night in. She had this DVD in her collection and said it was very funny, having never watched one of Sandler's films before I was reluctant but agreed as didn't want to upset her. This is where the romance began (in both senses, I suppose).

            I don't want to ruin the storyline as why would you then watch the film but here is a brief overview

            Sandler plays the main character "Happy Gilmore" who is absolutely obsessed with Ice hockey, just one problem, he is absolutely terrible at it and has quite possibly one of the worst bad tempers to go along with that. His problems begin when his girl friend leaves him and then his beloved Grandmother has her house repossessed for not paying her taxes. She is then shipped off to an old folks home where a nasty carer , "Ben Stiller", is exploiting the oldies and using them as slave labour. Happy vows to get her house back, but how? Whilst the house is being cleared an old set of golf clubs are found and this is where the main story begins. Sandler finds out by total accident that he is an absolute natural at golf and soon finds himself on the pro tour where he can earn big money and maybe pay off his Grandmother's debts, the only snag of course, he hates golf! It is during the tour that one of the other pro's, ("Shooter McGavin") takes an instant dislike to Happy and seems to make it is personal mission to wind up Happy at every possible opportunity and sabotage his efforts. This all leads to the major tournament at the end, can Happy win and solve all the problems, you'll have to watch to find out.

            Sandler seems to play these type of characters in most of his movies, however, it works and as the old saying goes, if it's not broke don't fix it and this film is a must for all comedy fans and anyone just looking to spend a night in front of the TV.

            As it is now and older film you will be able to pick it up as a bargain as both Amazon and Play have it for sale for £2.99, worth every penny!!! Also I have seen it a few times recently playing on the Sky movie channels, worth putting the controller down if you are flicking through the channels and settling down for a good laugh.

            In all, a good film with laughs throughout, Well done Mr Sandler!

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              10.06.2010 20:19
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              Adam Sandler at his best.

              If you're in serious need of being cheered up, I would recommend this amazing film. Adam Sandler stars as a failed hockey (Happy Gilmore) player who discovers he is good at golf. Soon he is winning tournaments to make sure his Grandma's home doesn't get demolished. But will he stay focused and avoid distractions to get the money for his Grandma? The plot is very good, and with some of the funniest movie moments ever. This is as good as, if not better, than Sandler's other biggest movies, Billy Madison, The Waterboy, Click, Big Daddy and Little Nicky. Probably the funniest moment in the film is when he shows Chubbs (his golf mentor) the alligator that bit his hand off. I'll not say what happens, but it is funny. Also, his 'Happy Place' is very funny. This is without a doubt one of the best comedy films ever, so I strongly recommend buying it.

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                18.02.2010 21:51
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                hilarious film

                Firstly, I absolutely love Adam Sandler, he has done so many great films, and really carries them off so well, he's a great actor, but really above that he's a very funny and likable guy and I think that comes off in his roles and is why he does so well.

                I do like a lot of his films, however this one, Happy Gilmore has to be my absolute favourite from his collection. Its about Happy Gimore, played by Adam Sandler who really wants to play ice hockey professionally, however despite trying at the tryouts each year, he just isn't good enough.
                His girlfriend leaves him, and things really aren't going his way when his grandma rings him to tell him she's having problems at her house.

                When Happy turns up, the removal men are taking things from her house as she hasn't been paying her taxes and only has so long to raise money to pay them off. However after finding some old golf culbs and challenging the removal men to a driving competition happy discovers a new talent and in order to try and raise money to help out his gran goes to the driving range to hustle money off people. However when he is spotted by golfing coach Chubbs, Happy is mentored and soon realises his talent could earn him more than just a few books betting.

                This film is a really great watch, its something I have seen countless times now, yet if it was on TV tonight I wouldn't think twice about putting it on and watching it again, I just never tire of it, its really funny, and Adam Sandler is really great in it as well.

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                15.02.2010 23:17
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                Amazing film, fully recommended!

                Main Characters:
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                Happy Gilmore: Adam Sandler
                Shooter McGavin: Christopher McDonald
                Virginia Venit: Julie Bowen
                Grandma: Frances Bay
                Chubbs: Carl Weathers
                Bob Barker: Bob Barker

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                Happy Gilmore wants to be an ice hockey player, but he can't skate, and has a really violent temper. When his grandmother falls behind with her tax payments, she is threatened with repossession of her home, and to be put into a care home. Happy promises his grandma that he'll get the money, but how?

                Happy finds that he can drive a golf ball a long way, so decides to enter the competition with a cash prize - perfect for his grandma. However, is Happy really that good at golf? And will he actually be able to control his temper?

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                This is by far the best Adam Sandler film out there in my opinion. He's in the perfect role; similar to those of Mr Deeds and Billy Madison. The storyline is completely unrealistic, but Sandler plays the part so well that we believe it to be true, just for a moment. However, the story is really good in the way that it is brought together; the mixture between the golfing and the repossession of the house gives this comedy something for everyone.

                The acting is brilliant; Sandler really plays his role well. As mentioned before, he is a great actor in these comedy films, they seem to fit him really well. The other actors aren't as good, but good acting isn't really a necessity in comedy films; it's more about playing to the audience, and this is what it does.

                The comedy aspect of the film is right there; seeing Happy getting really worked up and annoyed at golf really makes you laugh. And the scene with Bob Barker is legendary! I found that scene to be the funniest one of the whole film. You really do have to see it to find it hilarious.

                The romantic aspect of the film isn't really good; but it's not what the film is about. There's always romance in Sandler's films, but it's not really necessary in this one, even though it is put into it. The acting with this part isn't very good, but I will overlook this as it's not what the film is about.

                All in all, I really do recommend this film to everyone; apart from children since there really is a lot of swearing which is unsuitable for them. But they should watch it when they get older, since this really is an amazing film.

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                  Overall, another great Sandler movie

                  I have always been a fan of Adam Sandler in much of his work and Happy Gilmore is no exception and I really enjoyed it when I saw it on DVD.

                  Happy Gilmore is the character that Adam Sandler plays in this comedy and he has loved hockey since his childhood. He is extremely close to his grandmother seeing as she was the one who raised him when his father died when he was younger. He would love to be professional Ice Hockey player. The problem is that he can not skate too well and has a really bad temper which doesn't help.

                  His girlfriend leaves him and then to make matters worse he discovers that his grandmother may lose her house as she hasn't paid taxes in years. While he is working out what to do to rectify the situation he randomly finds that he has a bit of talent of the game of golf. He enters a local competition and does well enough to join the pro tour. If he can do well enough on there he can raise enough cash to save his grandmother's house. However while on tour one of the main golfers around, Shooter McGavin takes an instant dislike to Happy and tries to get him kicked off the tour. Happy's demenour may be a little unorthodox as well as his style of play, plus his flash temper, but he is drawing in the crowds wherever he plays.

                  The plot itself in this movie is fairly straightforward and simple and despite being a bit silly at certain points is extremely funny, espeically when he loses his temper randomly and his bad relationship with Shooter on tour. I found it to be very entertaining and one of Sandler's funniest movies to date.

                  It is a comedy that can be silly and hilarious in equal measure but as with alot of Adam Sandler's movies there is a deeper undercurrent flowing through it and in this case it's Happy's desire to save his Grandmother's house so there is a good deed at the end of it. Adam Sandler is as reliable and funny as ever and the scenes where he loses his temper he plays very well and we have seen him do this many times in other movies he's appeared in.

                  There is of course a love interest along the way to make things more complicated for Happy in the form of Virginia who is a woman who works on the golf tour. She helps him to try and fit in a bit more and control his temper - easier said than done!

                  Adam Sandler is backed up and supported in this film by a great supporting cast and if you've never seen this movie go and buy a copy or watch it as it's very funny.

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                  30.12.2009 18:24

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                  I have always been a big fan of Adam Sandler and Happy Gilmore is my favourite film with him in. It's comedy at it's best as it had me roaring for the entire film.

                  The plot of the story is about a young man called Happy Gilmore who is played by Adam Sandler, who's ice hockey dream has passed him by, but one day Happy finds out that he can hit a golf ball so far that it seems unbelievable. He's talked into joining the pro-tour by his good friend Chubbs to help pay for his Mother's house, or it will be repossessed. The only problem is that Happy has a really bad attitude, which he shows on several occasions whilst playing golf which makes the film funny. He even has a fight with a celebrity golfer during a celebrity golf day which was funny.

                  Happy makes an enemy with Shooter who is a rival for the number one spot, and Shooter tries to get Happy taken out so he can win himself. This backfires as Happy gets his act together with a bit of help from some friends.

                  This is one of the funniest movies I have ever seen and would recommend this movie to everyone. I would definitely give this movie a 5/5.

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                  24.12.2009 21:43
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                  A good way to pass 92 minutes

                  "Happy Gilmore" is a 1996 Comedy film starring Adam Sandler and directed by Dennis Dugan.

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                  Happy Gilmore ( Adam Sandler ) is a loveable loser, he's gone through life in various meaningful jobs and really just wants to be a professional Hockey player, the problem is that besides having a powerful and dangerous "Slapshot" he's not very good, he also has a bit of a temper problem which has hampered his career.

                  Happy has lived with his grandmother his whole life after his father was killed during a Hockey Game when he was a young boy, Happy returns to his grandmothers house to find that she is in the midst of having it repossessed as she has failed to pay taxes to the IRS for many years and owes $270,000, which she must pay within 90 days or lose her home.

                  While moving grandma's belongings out of the home two of the movers attempt to use some of Happy's grandfathers golf clubs to hit balls on their break. proving to be inept at doing so and after Happy points this out to them, they challenge Happy to do the same, using his unorthodox Hockey slapshot to hit the golf ball, he ends up shooting it almost 400 yards, and does so again after the movers believe it to be a fluke, this gives Happy the idea to go to the driving range and challenge golfers to outfdrive him for money.

                  Ex-Golf player and current club pro Chubbs Peterson ( Carl Weathers ) sees happy and encourages him to take up golf and play in a local tournament, which at first Happy doesn't want to do, but after some encouragement he does and starts to gain success and exposure, eventually moving onto the golf tour, where he faces the successful and arrogant "Shooter" McGavin ( Christopher McDonald ) who becomes Happy's enemy and attempts to prevent Happy winning the tournament and winning enough prize money to purchase his grandmothers house !

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                  I can honestly say that it took me a couple of viewings of Happy Gilmore to appreciate it, as this is the first Adam Sandler movie I liked ( His previous movie "Billy Madison" is one of the unfunniest movies i've seen in a long time ) it is something I find myself watching every now and again as it does have some genuinely funny moments.

                  However as this movie is almost 15 years old you can definitely see where Sandler has grown as not only a comedian but also an Actor as his recent movies ( Funny People / Reign Over Me ) show a maturity that it missing in this movie, but thats ok as everyone has to start somewhere.

                  My favourite player in the movie is Shooter McGavin, I think Christopher McDonald plays the part of the arrogant golf pro to perfection and can really believe some golfers on the professional circuit to behave in such a manner.

                  The Movie is predictable, and there are some dumb and totally irrelevant parts to the movie with some typical toilet humour that was par for the course for Sandler in his early career, but that can be excused as there are also some genuinely funny moments and does show how far Sandler has come.

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                    09.10.2009 19:35
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                    A Good Solid Comedy

                    To say that Golf is such a huge sport around the world, there have not been that many films about it. Compared to other sports where there seem to be endless films made, Golf has just a few, Caddyshack, Tin Cup and Bagger Vance are the only ones that spring to mind. So when Happy Gilmore came on the scene, I was really looking forward to seeing a comedy about golf.

                    Happy Gilmore came out back in 1996. It stars Adam Sandler. The film wasn't really that big at the time, but in more recent years ot seems to have gathered a small cult following. It certainly isn't a classic film, but it has entertained people over the years.

                    The story tells of A young man named Happy. He has dreams of becoming a pro hockey player, but as he can't really skate never quite makes the grade. Anyway, it turns out his gran has not been paying her taxes and owes the IRS a great deal of money. They are going to take away her house if someone can't come up with the money. Whilst all this is going on Happy finds out he has a talent for golf. Well sort of. He can hit the longest drive you have ever seen. A local pro spots Happy's potential and trys to teach happy how to play. Happy enters a tournament and then the story tells of how he progresses and how he goes no getting his grans money.

                    I really like this film. I'm not a huge fano of Adam Sandler but this is one of his films I really enjoyed. The comedy in it is very simple and certainly not subtle. But it just an easy film to watch that keeps you laughing on a regular basis. There are plenty of things I could pick up on that are wrong with the film, but if you enjoy it for what it is it's a good comedy.

                    There are some moments in this that I love. I think the first five minutes of the film are probably the best, and as the story gets going it looses its charm slightly, but its still worth watching.

                    The film runs for 92 minutes. This is only a short film but I think if they made it any longer they might struggle to keep the viewers interested. At 92 mins it just about right.

                    The film is rated 12. There is some swearing in it, but nothing so serious really.

                    The DVD itself is pretty standard, has the same features as many other DVDs, trailers etc... Nothing to get excited about.

                    Overall this is a really good film. Like I said it does not do anything special and its not clever or complex. It's just a simple laugh out loud kind of comedy that is easy to watch. If you have never seen Happy Gilmore, it's a film you should really give a chance!

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                      A funny if abrasive film

                      note: also appears in part on Flixster and The Student Room

                      Happy Gilmore is one of the few Adam Sandler films that actually managed to win a degree of critical acclaim, and is largely considered one of his best, if not his best film outright. It features Sandler at his manic best, with some cracking pop culture references, and somehow, it manages to make a sport that many think boring quite interesting. In short, imagine if golf were more like professional wrestling - that's how this film shakes things up.

                      Happy Gilmore (Sandler) is an up and coming ice hockey star who is unfortunately unable to join any teams because he has a powerful slapshot but poor skating abilities. To rub salt in the wound, his grandmother (Frances Bay) hasn't paid her taxes in years, and is going to have her house repossessed unless Gilmore can pony up $270,000. He does, however, notice that he has some golfing ability, and is told by Club Pro Chubbs Peterson (Carl Weathers) that if he smarts up, he could be successful on the golf circuit. Incredibly, he makes the PGA Tour due to his intense driving ability.

                      However, here me meets a rival player, Shooter McGavin (Christopher McDonald), an arrogant rich man who intends to buy his grandmother's home when it goes up for auction. The two therefore have a rivalry that is anything but friendly - it is deeply personal.

                      Although Sandler carries the film to a large extent, with his numerous pratfalls and extreme anger, it's also the supporting cast, notably Carl Weathers, who really brings this home, and there's also a funny cameo by Ben Stiller as an aggressive nursing home attendant. It's not exactly clever, but it does almost have a feral intelligence to it, and I admire that, as it's not something you see in many of Sandler's films.

                      Easily one of Sandler's best films, Happy Gilmore is loud, abrasive and foul-mouthed - I loved it.

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                      Enjoyable American comedy

                      Happy Gilmore is a comedy released in 1996, starring the very popular Adam Sandler as a hockey player. After realising his dreams of making it big in hockey are never going to happen and when his grandmother loses her house, Gilmore takes up golf to try and win a tournament with a large cash prize... using a hockey stick! He soon discovers that his talent was in golf all along.

                      It's a silly movie but I think it's Sandler's best and has higher ratings than most of his other, more mediocre, releases. It's very Sandler-esque; Gilmore needs some urgent anger-management creating hilarious scenes which are still being repeated in his more recent movies. However, his intentions are always good.

                      The support cast are fairly well picked. Carl Weathers has a very good performance as Chubbs Peterson; a former player and Shooter McGavin is the stereotypical rival with a predictable fate, which is however enjoyable to watch.

                      You can most probably guess the ending very quickly but it's Adam Sandler's great performance that makes it entertaining nonetheless. This is the movie he is most associated with and he fits the role perfectly. It's a good DVD to own, not just to rent, because it has a lot of re-play value.

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                        24.07.2009 23:09
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                        Great, laughable knockabout comedy, great for families 12+

                        This film is genius! Adam Sandler fits the bill perfectly as 'Happy', an ice hockey player, who's aggressive techniques stop him from gaining any places in his team. The plot is well built and although there are a few cheesy jokes, a lot of them made me laugh out loud!
                        The film was clearly well written, and is a great family film for 12 year olds and up. The jokes used were imaginative and original, and the actors played their parts really well. I have to recommend this film to anyone who likes to have a laugh, it is truly hilarious.
                        Although this film is only rated a 12, it does have quite a lot of swearing in it so be warned!!!
                        As Happy goes on in life he finds out that he has an amazing 400 yard golf drive, so reluctantly decides to give up ice hockey and take up golf, trying to fund enough money for his grandma who has recently been moved to a nursing home.
                        Overall 5/5 stars for comedy, not to be missed!

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                        Adam Sandler fans are sure to enjoy this no-brainer comedy, but everyone else is strongly advised to proceed with caution. Before scoring a more enjoyable hit with his 1998 comedy The Wedding Singer, the former Saturday Night Live goofball played Happy Gilmore, a hot-tempered guy whose dreams of hockey stardom elude him. But when he discovers his gift for driving golf balls hundreds of yards, he joins a pro tour to win the prize money needed to rescue his beloved grandma's home from repossession. The trouble is, Happy's not so happy. He's got a temper that frequently flares on the golf course (he even dukes it out with celebrity golfer Bob Barker), but a retired golf pro (Carl Weathers) and a compassionate publicist (Julie Bowen) help him to perfect his putting game and adjust his confrontational attitude. How much you enjoy this lunacy depends on your tolerance for Sandler's loudmouthed schtick and a shocking number of blatant product-placement endorsements, but if you're looking for broad comedy you've come to the right tee-off spot. --Jeff Shannon