Adam Sandler (Jack & Jill)
Christopher McDonald (Fanboys)
Julie Bowen (Modern Family)
Frances Bay (The Grifters)
Carl Weathers (Rocky II)
Allen Covert (Mr. Deeds)
Kevin Nealon (Weeds)
Richard Kiel (The Spy WHo Loved me)
Will Sasso (Movie 43)
Ben Stiller (Zoolander)
Happy Gilmore (Adam Sandler) is an aspiring ice hockey player who possesses a powerful and dangerous slapshot that his father (Louis O’Donoghue) taught him as a child (Donnie MacMillan) before he was apparently struck and killed by a wayward hockey puck, though his over aggressive streak (which once resulted in him trying to stab a guy to death with an ice skate) and lack of skating talent consistently preclude him from joining a hockey team. His girlfriend Terry (Nancy McClure), a schoolteacher, leaves him because of his hockey obsession.
His grandmother (Frances Bay) has not paid her taxes for many years. As such, she owes the IRS $270,000 in back taxes, and the house is about to be seized. Gilmore has only 90 days to come up with the money or else the house will be auctioned off. Grandma Gilmore is forced to temporarily move into a retirement home, run by a sadistic manager named Hal (Ben Stiller in an uncredited role). While repossessing Grandma’s furniture, a pair of movers challenge Happy to hit golf balls. With his unorthodox, hockey slapshot-style swing, Happy hits the ball 400 yards three times, winning $40 as a result and starts hustling golfers with his swing at the drive, leading former golf star and current club pro Chubbs Peterson (Carl Weathers) to convince Happy to enter a local tournament for a chance to win “big bucks”. Happy wins the tournament and earns a spot on the Pro Golf Tour, though Chubbs advises him to wait 6 months so he can improve Happy’s performance.
On the tour, Happy encounters Shooter McGavin (Christopher McDonald), who sees Happy as both a detriment to golf and a threat to his career. Although Happy has a powerful drive, his putting is terrible with violent outbursts and he lacks golf etiquette. Commissioner Doug Thompson (Dennis Dugan) demands to expel him from the tour, but PR head Virginia Venit (Julie Bowen) convinces him to reconsider, citing higher television ratings, increasing attendance, drawing more youthful sponsors, and that she’s willing to work with Gilmore on his anger issues. Thompson threatens to fire her as well if there are any further incidents; Happy begins to improve his performance and behaviour.
During a pro-am tournament with Bob Barker (then-host of The Price Is Right), Gilmore gets distracted by an insulting fan named Donald (Joe Flaherty), causing Barker and Happy to lose the tournament and get into a brawl. Barker wins the fight, but it’s revealed that Shooter hired Donald to distract Happy and get him kicked off the tour. Thompson has a meeting with Happy, Virginia, and Shooter about the incident with Barker, Happy tells Thompson about Donald bothering him and that he really wanted to attack him and not Barker, then Thompson makes his decision, he decides not to kick Happy off the tour because the tournament had very high TV ratings, but Thompson still has to punish Happy with a one-month suspension and a $25,000 fine, Shooter tries to protest Happy’s suspension, but Thompson tells Shooter that the board committee suggested that a suspension is better for Happy then to be kicked off the tour. Happy tries to plead his case about Grandma’s house, but is sent away by an angry Thompson.
Despite bidding $275,000, the endorsement deal from Subway at the auction, Happy is outbid by Shooter who has purchased the house for $350,000, and Happy makes a bet with his rival based on the upcoming Tour Championship. He seeks the help of Chubbs, admitting his past mistakes and the two head to a miniature golf course. Though Happy makes progress, Chubbs falls to his death after seeing the alligator head that took his hand in golf. Determined to win the tournament for Chubbs, Happy is evenly matched with Shooter after the first two rounds and leads Shooter by the end of the third day. On the fourth and final day, multiple unusual scenarios occur between both Happy and Shooter, with the latter losing after the former succeeds in the trick shot learned from Chubbs. Afterwards, an angry and hysterical Shooter attempts to steal Happy’s gold jacket, but is chased down by Mr. Larson and an angry mob of spectators. Back at Grandma’s house, the film closes with Happy being congratulated by the two-handed ghost of Chubbs, Abraham Lincoln, and the alligator.
This movie is an incredibly hilarious movie, no matter how many times you watch it. It’s true that it’s profane, violent, and stupid, but in this film, that’s what makes it so funny! The timing is just perfect. It’s a great movie to watch.