Happy Gilmore (1996)



Critic Consensus: Those who enjoy Adam Sandler's schtick will find plenty to love in this gleefully juvenile take on professional golf; those who don't, however, will find it unfunny and forgettable.

Movie Info

In this slapstick comedy, Happy Gilmore is a lousy would-be hockey player with one redeeming quality: he has a killer slapshot. When he discovers that the IRS is planning to seize his grandmother's home, Happy has no idea how to help her, until he discovers his amazing talent for golf.

Rating: PG-13 (language and some comic sexuality)
Genre: Comedy, Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By: Adam Sandler, Tim Herlihy
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 24, 1998
MCA Universal Home Video


as Happy Gilmore

as Virginia

as Grandma

as Chubbs

as IRS Agent

as Himself

as Mr. Larson

as Doug Thompson

as Donald (The Jeering ...

as Himself

as Gary Potter

as Announcer

as Happy's Waterbury Ca...

as Hal (Nursing Home Or...

as Assistant Coach

as Chinese Lady

as Mover

as Registrar

as Guy on Green

as Crowd Guy--Waterbury

as Crowd Girl--Waterbur...

as Waterbury Heckler

as Crazy Old Lady

as Registrar

as Starter No. 1

as Starter No. 2

as Daniel Lafferty

as Auctioneer

as Zamboni Driver

as Shooters AT&T Caddy

as Shooters Tournament ...

as Auctioneer

as Pro Golfer

as Pro Golfer

as Young Happy

as Potter's Caddy

as Happy's Dad

as Happy's Mom

as Italian Guy

as Starter No. 4

as Blue Collar Fan

as Reporter

as Batting Kid

as Doctor

as Himself

as Elderly Woman

as Reporter No. 2

as Reporter No. 3

as Official

as Signed Chest Woman

as Cowboy Joe

as Jack Beard

as Babe on Green

as Abe Lincoln
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Critic Reviews for Happy Gilmore

All Critics (53) | Top Critics (12)

[A] one-joke Caddyshack for the blitzed and jaded.

Full Review… | April 15, 2008
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

There are about three minutes of funny material in Happy Gilmore, and pretty much all of them are in the trailer.

Full Review… | April 15, 2008
Top Critic

Superior disposable comedy.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

It may smell awful from a distance, especially if you have low tolerance for lowbrow humor, but up close this yarn about an unlikely golf star is fairly painless.

Full Review… | June 18, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

You don't feel that Sandler and director Dennis Dugan are trying for the kind of subversiveness that might just make Happy's brutal anarchy more effective.

Full Review… | February 13, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

there's still plenty of true immaturity to go around

Full Review… | August 26, 2013
7M Pictures

Audience Reviews for Happy Gilmore

Sandler's second major starring vehicle is his riff on 1980's Caddyshack, another golf comedy. His idea of funny is to transplant the loud obnoxious environment of the hockey rink to the quiet, sophisticated atmosphere of the golf course. It's clear Happy has an anger problem and he's frequently given to losing his cool. The humor is lowbrow and a lot of it rests on Happy Gilmore's boorish demeanor as contrasted with stuffed shirt Shooter McGavin, a villain embodied in full hissable glory by Christopher McDonald. At first there's sort of an idiotic joy in seeing Happy's aggressive behavior conflict with the civilized gold pros. A confrontation with Bob Barker of TV's The Price is Right is a savage delight. But he doesn't remain that way. As the plot develops, Happy becomes more likable. I think it's relevant to point out that Happy begins as a flawed character, unable to control his temper. By managing his emotions and finding his "happy place" he finds success. Nice moral. It's not as inspired as something like There's Something About Mary from the same era. However Happy Gilmore has achieved a cult status and like all such films it improves with repeated viewings.


Mark Hobin

Super Reviewer

It's sad to see where Adam Sandler is right now and compare him to what he was like in the 90's. It just makes you wonder one thing: What happened? Happy Gilmore is definately one of the better movies that Sandler has been in. He plays Happy Gimore, a hockey player with a reputation for being violent towards anybody who pisses him off. (I'm sure he'd beat up a 90 year old man if he was mad enough.) So Happy's grandmother is losing her house because of unpaid taxes and he decides to get the money by winning a golf tournament. It turns out he's a natural when it comes to driving the ball long distances. The thing about this movie is that it's actually funny. There were some jokes where I was like "Come on, you're 90's Adam Sandler, you can do so much better." Some jokes were dumb, but there are surprisingly a lot of parts that made me laugh my ass off. Ben Stiller as the nursing home orderly...that's really all I have to say. Anytime you slap a mustache on Ben Stiller, he's instantly a dick to everyone and he makes for some very funny scenes. Most of the film's humor revolves around Happy's behavior, stuff like him beating people up and cussing and it works for this movie. The jokes aren't as crude or idiotic as they could've been. One would think that seeing Happy beat people up would get old halfway through the movie, but his violence just provides so much entertainment. The fight between him and Bob Barker is hands down my favorite scene in the entire movie. Not just the actual fight made me laugh, but the build up to it also cracked me up. The guy who is always yelling "Jackass!" is the best character in the movie. For a comedy, the cast is pretty decent. Frances Bay, Christopher McDonald are all good in their roles (I didn't really care for Julie Bowen) but it surprised me how Carl Weathers held up as Chubbs. He's the basic mentor with a backstory, but he provided some good laughs, as did the rest of the supporting cast. Happy Gilmore is a stupid movie, but in a good way. Back in the 90's Adam Sandler movies were known for their stupidity, but the stupid stuff was also the funny stuff. Now with stuff like Jack and Jill and Just go with it, it's just plain stupid. Happy Gilmore is no perfect comedy, but it's enjoyable as hell and it does it's job of being watchable and making me laugh.

Tyler Robertson
Tyler Robertson

Super Reviewer


A good time, nothing more, nothing less.

Albert Kim
Albert Kim

Super Reviewer

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