Happy Gilmore

  • Directors: Dennis Dugan
  • Producers: Robert Simonds
  • Writers: Tim Herlihy, Adam Sandler
  • Genres: Comedy, Romance, Sport
  • Actors: Adam Sandler, Carl Weathers, Julie Bowen, Allen Covert, Frances Bay, Christopher McDonald, Ben Stiller

Happy Gilmore (Adam Sandler) is an aspiring ice hockey player from Waterbury, Connecticut who masters a powerful, and dangreous slapshot that his late father taught him as a child. However, his aggression and poor skating ability render it impossible for him to make any hockey team. His grandmother (Frances Bay), with whom he’s lived almost all his life due to an unfortunate hockey-related incident which killed his father, has not paid her taxes for many years. As such, she owes $270,000 to the IRS and the house that Happy’s grandfather “built with his bare hands” is about to be seized. Grandma Gilmore is forced to temporarily move into a retirement home run as a sweatshop by Hal, the retirement home’s sadistic manager (Ben Stiller in an uncredited role). While repossessing Grandma’s furniture, a pair of movers challenge Happy to shoot golf balls, and his unorthodox hockey slapshot hits 400 yards three times, winning $40 as a result. This gives Happy the idea to go to the driving range to make money with bets on his swing. When ex-golf player and current Club Pro Chubbs Peterson (Carl Weathers) (who was forced to retire when his hand was bitten off by an alligator) sees Happy’s shot, he talks Happy into entering a local tournament by convincing him he can make a lot of money. Happy wins the tournament and earns a spot on the PGA Tour. However, against Chubbs’ advice Happy joins the tour immediately after learning he can make enough money to buy back Grandma’s house.

Shooter is attacked by an angry mob of spectators after he steals the gold jacket from Doug in a fit of hysteria after Happy wins. The film closes with Happy being congratulated by the two-handed ghost of Chubbs, Abraham Lincoln, and the alligator (reference to Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi).

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