MOVIEmeter
Top 5000
Up 80 this week

Happy Gilmore (1996)

7.0
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.0/10 from 123,920 users   Metascore: 31/100
Reviews: 269 user | 73 critic | 14 from Metacritic.com

A rejected hockey player puts his skills to the golf course to save his grandmother's house.

Director:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 26 titles
created 27 Dec 2011
 
a list of 25 titles
created 02 Jul 2012
 
a list of 28 titles
created 09 Sep 2012
 
a list of 29 titles
created 13 Nov 2012
 
a list of 47 titles
created 6 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Happy Gilmore" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Happy Gilmore (1996)

Happy Gilmore (1996) on IMDb 7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Happy Gilmore.

User Polls

1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Billy Madison (1995)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

In order to inherit his fed up father's hotel empire, an immature and lazy man must repeat grades 1-12 all over again.

Director: Tamra Davis
Stars: Adam Sandler, Darren McGavin, Bridgette Wilson-Sampras
The Waterboy (1998)
Comedy | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A waterboy for a college football team discovers he has a unique tackling ability and becomes a member of the team.

Director: Frank Coraci
Stars: Adam Sandler, Kathy Bates, Henry Winkler
Big Daddy (1999)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A lazy law school grad adopts a kid to impress his girlfriend, but everything doesn't go as planned and he becomes the unlikely foster father.

Director: Dennis Dugan
Stars: Adam Sandler, Joey Lauren Adams, Jon Stewart
Mr. Deeds (2002)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A sweet-natured, small-town guy inherits a controlling stake in a media conglomerate and begins to do business his way.

Director: Steven Brill
Stars: Adam Sandler, Winona Ryder, John Turturro
Comedy | Crime | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Prison inmates form a football team to challenge the prison guards.

Director: Peter Segal
Stars: Adam Sandler, Burt Reynolds, Chris Rock
Click (2006)
Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A workaholic architect finds a universal remote that allows him to fast-forward and rewind to different parts of his life. Complications arise when the remote starts to overrule his choices.

Director: Frank Coraci
Stars: Adam Sandler, Kate Beckinsale, Christopher Walken
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Robbie, the singer and Julia, the waitress are both engaged to be married but to the wrong people. Fortune intervenes to help them discover each other.

Director: Frank Coraci
Stars: Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Christine Taylor
Little Nicky (2000)
Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

After two of the devil's three sons escape hell to wreak havoc on Earth, the devil must send his third son, the mild-mannered Nicky to bring them back before it's too late.

Director: Steven Brill
Stars: Adam Sandler, Patricia Arquette, Harvey Keitel
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Two straight, single Brooklyn firefighters pretend to be a gay couple in order to receive domestic partner benefits.

Director: Dennis Dugan
Stars: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Jessica Biel
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Sandler plays a businessman who is wrongly sentenced to an anger-management program, where he meets an aggressive instructor.

Director: Peter Segal
Stars: Jack Nicholson, Adam Sandler, Marisa Tomei
Comedy | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A group of misfits enter a Las Vegas dodgeball tournament in order to save their cherished local gym from the onslaught of a corporate health fitness chain.

Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber
Stars: Ben Stiller, Christine Taylor, Vince Vaughn
Grown Ups (2010)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

After their high school basketball coach passes away, five good friends and former teammates reunite for a Fourth of July holiday weekend.

Director: Dennis Dugan
Stars: Adam Sandler, Salma Hayek, Kevin James
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
IRS Agent
...
Bob Barker
...
...
...
Jeering Fan
Lee Trevino ...
Himself
...
Verne Lundquist ...
Announcer
Jared Van Snellenberg ...
Happy's Waterbury Caddy
Ken Camroux ...
Coach
Edit

Storyline

A Hockey player wannabe finds out that he has the most powerful golf drive in history. He joins the P.G.A. tour to make some money to save grandma's house. The downside is that his hocky player mentality doesn't really go on the P.G.A. tour. Especially with the favorite to win the championship. Written by Kevin Mitchell <kevin@mitchell.mdn.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

He doesn't play golf... he destroys it.

Genres:

Comedy | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language and some comic sexuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

16 February 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Adam Sandler's Happy Gilmore  »

Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$38,624,000 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

In the fight between Bob Barker and Happy. Bob genuinely would have won. He has studied Tang Soo Do Karate for decades under Chuck Norris and his brother Aaron. See more »

Goofs

When the VW turns the corner on the grass you can tell that they have done that shot a number of times as there is already tire tracks on the grass. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[opening narration voice over]
Happy Gilmore: My name is Happy Gilmore. Ever since I was old enough to skate, I loved hockey. I wasn't really the greatest skater though. But that didn't stop my dad from teaching me the secret of smacking his greatest slap shot.
[Young Happy, hits a hard plastic ball into his father's forehead]
See more »

Connections

References Evil Dead II (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Jump Around
Written by Larry Muggerud and Erik Schrody
Performed by House of Pain
Courtesy of Tommy Boy Records
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
It's not Caddyshack, but it's quality comedy
29 July 2006 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

Happy Gilmore is Adam Sandler's only standout performance in a long list of half-assed, unfunny comedies. But this is it, the real deal. This is the film that all other Sandler films make references to, quote and celebrate, in case you ever wondered where phrases like "It's all in the hips" (as said in Little Nicky) and "You eat pieces of sh*t for breakfast?" (quoted everywhere) came from. Well, Happy Gilmore is the birth of these phrases as well as the birth of a comedic star. It is also just all-around solid comedic entertainment and a crash-course in golf. Or rather, 101 Things Not To Do On The Golf Course.

Adam Sandler is Happy. But this is only his character's ironic name, because Happy is really quite angry and extremely frustrated at getting nowhere in his amateur hockey career. He slips into golf by what can only be described as a fluke, and is able to take out his aggressions on the golf-court, setting records for longest drives ever as he aggressively hits the ball. The anger he has is advantageous here, but a big problem when it comes to putting - and an even bigger problem when it comes to dealing with smug competitors like Shooter McGavin (superbly played by Christopher McDonald).

Happy Gilmore thus follows Sandler on the golf-court, where 90% of the film takes place. Happy is one of those rare characters in films that you desperately pull for and end up hating all of his competitors and enemies. In this way, Happy Gilmore is a very effective film as it establishes a hero-feeling with its main character, in spite of his flaws. I can't think of many other films in which I've wanted the lead character to win as much as in this one. On top of that device, you have such gems like Adam Sandler beating up old man Bob Barker on the green, Adam Sandler screaming at a golf ball asking it "Are you too good for your home?", and Christopher McDonald in one of the most hilarious and subtlety comedic performances of the 1990s.

So Happy Gilmore is the Godfather of all Sandler films, as well as the only truly good one. It borrows somewhat from Caddyshack in the goofy golf sense so it can't be considered truly original, but it IS original when it comes to Happy Madison productions.

8/10


25 of 37 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Who would you cast in a 2012 remake??? jameswilliams9000
Shooter feels up Virginia homelandinsider
Chubbs Arm is SO LONG!!! MooseWithFleas
Discuss Happy Gilmore (1996) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?