Happy Gilmore movie review - Aussieboyreviews


Happy Gilmore is your typical Adam Sandler comedy, but it comes with a surprising mood, overall making it an enjoyable movie. No, it’s nothing of masterpiece material, but it’s fun, funny and often very entertaining.


After learning that his precious grandmother will lose her house, Happy Gilmore, a rejected hockey player, discovers his golf skills as he enters a tournament to save his grandmother’s home with the prize money.

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Movie details

Director: Dennis Dugan
Cast: Adam Sandler, Christopher McDonald, Julie Bowen, Carl Weathers, Frances Bay, Allen Covert
Writer: Tim Herlihy, Adam Sandler
Release Date (Australia): 8 August 1996
Runtime: 92 minutes/1h 32m
Genre: Comedy, Sport
Country: USA
Language: English

CONTENT GUIDE (warning: May contain spoilers)

Themes (G)

The film contains themes of rivalry and death, as well as multiple instances of crude humour. An elderly woman is evicted from her house after failing to pay taxes.

Violence (PG)

The film contains multiple depictions of scuffles that feature punching.

Coarse Language (M)

The film features frequent use of the words “ass”, “s**t”, “hell”, “damn”, “crap” and “bastard”, as well as bleeped use of coarse language and infrequent brief use of the word “f**k”.

Nudity (PG)

The film contains two comedic depictions of mens’ buttocks.

Sex (PG)

The film features crude sexual references and sexual innuendo that is mild in impact.

mpaa rating

PG-13 (for language and some comic sexuality)

Aussie boy's thoughts

It’s certainly nothing of masterpiece material, but this golfing rivalry comedy reminds us why we love Adam Sandler. After his grandmother is evicted from her home,  he is absolutely hilarious and very likeable in his role of a character who enters a golf tournament to win the prize money, which will lead him to buy her house back. Overall, it’s just a spectacular film to help lighten the mood.

In Happy Gilmore, just as you’d expect from a comedy movie that stars Adam Sandler who also co-wrote the story, the entire tone of the film is very silly. There’s tons of rude (but mild) language, innuendo, absolutely random and dumb scuffles, and Sandler’s jokes are splattered everywhere, some being dumb, and others actually giving you a good laugh. This easily make this movie his most successful comedy.

But to take a look from a serious point of view, the thing that really stands out about Happy Gilmore is its extremely satisfying rivalry between our protagonist and the antagonist. It’s surely surprising to say for an Adam Sandler comedy, but the film’s lead villain, played awesomely by Christopher McDonald, may be one of the greatest comedy villains of all time. He is the one who makes you really root for Sandler in this movie.

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