In It For the Whole Stretch

Happy Gilmore (1996)

Adam Sandler usually picks out his roles in various nuanced characters. Out of all his roles so far, one of my favorites would have to be the impulsive temper-acting titular character. This was actually one of his first roles ever and from what I’ve read he even made a production company out of it (Happy Madison). Released in 1996, golf maybe found a new place in comedy with “Happy Gilmore” thanks to Adam Sandler’s outrageous yet hilarious performance.


Since this was one of Sandler’s early films, it isn’t much of a surprise that a lot of his humorous material here was fresh and original as compared to his more recent stale work. It isn’t that much of a recyclable gag film, but rather a progressive one that follows Happy on a quest to save his grandmother’s house after it gets repossessed by the IRS. Eventually he inadvertently ¬†finds the solution in playing golf and soon sets his goal on winning a grand golf tournament.

The rest of the film’s plot follows the various struggles that Happy must cope with such as his arch-enemy rival, McGavin. If you’ve already seen this film you would certainly know that Happy has a temper problem that he just can’t control and usually that’s where most of our laughter ends up coming from. Of course this flaw in his character ends up being his greatest advantage as he develops his unique “skills” under the tutelage of Chubbs.

Another part that almost made it too irresistible for me, from what I remember was the scene with Bob Barker. Their fight taking place before a national television audience almost left me wanting more celebrity cameos. But alas, Happy makes full use of his temper as his best weapon against McGavin as he delivers long-distance worthy shots. Putting however is something that he definitely needs to work on, and trust me if he screws up, he would not hide the fact that he isn’t the¬†happiest person to be around.

Ironic given that his name is Happy but alas inside all of us, we sometimes too feel this temper that just needs to be let out. Don’t believe me? Check out Happy’s way of coping with his frustration…

See what I mean? It isn’t Sandler’s most notable mature work to date, but it’s still holds a special place in my heart. “Happy Gilmore” is a fun ride filled with deride laughter and entertainment. I would certainly recommend it for any late-night comedy enjoyment.