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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 29 August 2014
Happy's grandmother's house is foreclosed because of her failure to pay her taxes, and she's placed in a retirement home.

He must try and find a way to make some money. Whilst at a driving range, he discovers that he can hit a golf ball a hundred feet, so the range pro, convinces him to try being a pro golfer.

Reluctant at first, because he considers himself a hockey player, but when he learns he can make a lot of money, he gives it a try and surprisingly, in addition to his amazing driving ability, his personality has made him popular the crowd.

Shooter McGavin, the tournament leader, thinks that Happy's an embarrassment and is jealous that he is stealing his spotlight, so tries to get him thrown out.....

This is the film that did it for Sandler. The Wedding Singer is a brilliant movie, but this is the one that got Hollywood to notice the man. Here is the film that started it all, and Sandler knows this, that's why his production company is partially named after his career defining movie.

But the main difference with his this, and films up to Big Daddy, and his later works, is that in this film, there are not as many random out of the blue moments like there are in Grown Ups, and Zohan, and this makes the film a little more coherent.

That's not to say I don't like his later movies, I think the man is a funny writer, it's just that this stands the test of time, and can be watched over and over,without becoming too monotonous.

It's consistently funny, Sandler is endearing enough to carry the whole movie, and Macdonald is excellent as the paranoid shooter.

But we still have the random things here. Ben Stiller is wonderful as the orderly, and of course Weathers, who sends himself up something rotten.

Its a fun film, always guaranteed to raise a smile.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 24 October 2012
Languages and Subtitles details for Blu-Ray edition of Happy Gilmore, verified from the back cover.

Languages: English, French, Latin American Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Italian, German, Spanish
Subtitles: English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Latin American Spanish, Norwegian, Swedish
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon 4 August 2011
One of Adams best films imo, and it is the first one i saw with him as the lead & love the most out of his long line of titles. Here he plays a washed up ice hockey wannabe who cant skate, but does have one helluva shot! Which comes in handy once he finds out his grandmother is going to lose her home to the IRS, he stumbles across a set of his grandfathers golf clubs & on a wager finds out he can hit the ball for 400+ yards. So off he trots to the driving range, charging people to try and out drive him. Fortune smiles upon him, as ex-pro golfer Chubbs (Carl Weathers -Predator) spots him, and offers to take him under his wing...but Happy isn't interested, he wants to play Ice Hockey....that is until he learns he can earn the big bucks!

So with training & taking part in tournaments, Happy tries to raise enough money to buy his Grandmas house back, which his grandfather built with his own two hands don't you know. During which he comes across competiton in the shape of yellow coat wannabe Shooter McGavin (Christopher McDonald -The Faculty) & love interest in Virginia Venit (Julie Bowen -Horrible Bosses). Keep an eye open for a young Ben Stiller who pops up in one of his early comedy roles before his own big break.

In conclusion, Happy Gilmore is a mixture of crazy, funny & very enjoyable comedy. Certainly one for those who appreciate Adam Sandler's style of comedy, hilarious. Highly Recommended.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 4 June 2007
I saw this film at a mates birthday bash and MY GOD it was funny. Adam Sandler was brill and the gags were woven into the story with ease. The story was touching in parts, although sometimes the plot became slightly complicated. Still, an amazing film that would split your sides on any day of the week. Thoroughly reccommended.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 2 March 2005
This is a brilliant and side-splittingly good comedy. Adam Sandler pulls out yet another fantastic performance in this film and is helped by the other characters in the film. If your an Adam Sandler fan, this film's a must have for your collection and even if you're not passionate about him, you still have to see this film, for the experience at least.
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on 21 March 2015
Meet Happy (Adam Sandler): an ice-hockey player wannabe who can't skate for toffee. Suddenly life is collapsing around him, his girlfriend has just left him and his grandmother's house is foreclosed because of her failure to pay her taxes, and she's placed in a retirement home - and it’s not a nice one. When his grandmother’s stuff gets moved out, lucky is challenged by one of the movers that he can’t drive the ball a certain distance - to his surprise he can (and he can do it really far!), so he decides to go to a golf course to test out his newly discovered skill. Whilst at the golf course he is discovered by the range pro who encourages him to play professionally with the promise of big money. In his first public play, the audience really likes him, not because of his golf skills, but because of his aggressive personality. Shooter McGavin (Christopher McDonald), who’s the tournament leader, thinks Gilmore is an embarrassment to the golfing scene and tries to kick him out - and kick him out hard.

Sandler is an amazing actor and this is easily displayed in this film. I’ve never been a fan of Adam Sandler movies, but since I watched this I may have changed my mind. So much in fact I’ve ordered Big Daddy ( Expect a review soon!
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on 6 June 2012
Adam Sandler is a good comedy presence in all his films and I find his mix of nice-guy angry-guy to be most hilarious and well portrayed.

As usual he pulls it off in this golfing comedy, about a drop-out hockey player who finds his true calling is on the fairway not the ice.

The film is by no means an Oscar nominee, but it is good gentle comedy for the whole family. It has all the ingredients; mislead protagonist who finds a good reason to change course and succeed against a villain.

Adam's character "Happy Gilmore" is the typical Sandler part as said before. If you want something new this isn't it, but it is still as good as Mr. Deeds, and Anger Management, etc. In all honesty Sandler pretty much plays the same character in all of his films, but that's no big deal as he still delivers the laughs.

Happy Gilmore will cure a dull spell when you just want something easy and funny to watch. It's not amazing, but it's not terrible. And for the price you can't go wrong.
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on 25 September 2014
This makes me laugh right from the start. If you need a pick me up this film should do it. Happy is a hockey player who somehow finds he is rather good at golf with his somewhat unusual style and clubs. He needs money to pay his grandmothers tax bill, meets good and bad characters along the way. It has a happy ending for grandma, the baddie gets his reward and Happy gets the girl. What more could you wish for!
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on 1 July 2014
This has to be the highlight of Adam Sandler's career; as well as a laugh out loud hilarious film this is the sum total of my golf knowledge also. I won't go into the storyline as it's fairly generic anyway and merely a platform for some of the best humour to ever come from over the pond. If you've never seen this film then it really is highly recommended, if you have seen it you alrady know how good it is
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on 20 August 2013
Essential viewing if you're into golf, or even if you've just got a sense of humour. You will never see golf in the same way again after this. Hilarious from start to finish, but with a bit of a heartwarming side too, and several memorable quotes which I'm trying to figure out how to slip into everyday conversation. Most of Adam Sandler's films are good, but this is definitely the best.
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