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Happy Gilmore (1996 – PG-13)

April 4, 2009

Originally posted on December 7, 2003


Story

In Happy Gilmore, a young man dreams of a professional career in hockey, but never makes the team due to his lack of skating ability and poor shot accuracy. His poor old grandmother loses all of her possessions and her home to the IRS, and the young man decides he is going to make sure they get the home back. After a strange set of circumstances, he lands himself on the PGA tour, and begins to earn the necessary funds. Still not very realistic, but I suppose there is a slim chance something of this nature could occur.

Story = 18

Cast

Christopher McDonald, Adam Sandler, Julie Bowen, Frances Bay, Carl Weathers, Allen Covert, Robert Smigel, Bob Barker, Richard Kiel, Dennis Dugan, Joe Flaherty, and Kevin Nealon. I love this cast, and this is the first movie in which Sandler really develops his own style.

Cast = 20

Soundtrack/Score

From “Wooly Bully” to “Tuesday’s Gone.” A nice soundtrack that really catches the spirit of the film. I would have liked to see a Kiss song, not because I like Kiss, because I don’t, but because Sandler’s character specifically mentions that his grandmother wore a Gene Simmons mask when he first came to stay with her. At least, I think it was Gene Simmons.

Soundtrack/Score = 18

Quote/Catch Phrase

“You’re gonna die clown!” “The price is wrong…” “You eat crap for breakfast?” “It’s all in the hips.” A lot of good ones really.

Quote/Catch Phrase = 20

Rewatchability

This is when Sandler’s career really took off. He stabilized a good niche for himself, and began to use several of the same people in many of his movies. He is like a comedic Capra in that sense. Happy is the best gold movie… if you can call it that… ever.

Rewatchability = 20

(EDIT from 2009 – I seriously have no clue as to what the “best gold movie” means. Maybe I was hopped up on Nyquil at the time.)

Total Score = 96

I am kind of surprised that I scored it that high, but I definitely think it’s “A” material.

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