HAPPY GILMORE is a happy comedy from Saturday Night Live alumni Adam Sandler. Happy is a hockey player who can’t skate and can’t pass but has a mean slap shot. He doesn’t make the team, his girlfriend leaves him, and his grandmother is getting kicked out of her house. He needs $250,000 in 90 days or her house is gone. On a bet, Happy learns he can drive a golf ball 400 yards. He is trained by an old golf pro and joins a match. Happy comes in last, but is able to make a little money for his Grandmother. Happy joins other matches, getting a little better and making a little more money each time. He is becoming a media darling, with crazed hockey antics on the greens, superlong drives and a visible rivalry with the number one pro named Shooter. The movie concludes with Happy and Shooter, shooting it out for Grandma’s home.
HAPPY GILMORE is a juvenile comedy. It has lots of slapstick violence, some sexual innuendo and a good helping of foul language. Among silly comedies, HAPPY GILMORE takes the high road thematically and makes the protagonist’s conflict a noble fight. He is fighting for his Grandmother and her home. The mood is usually light and never mean-spirited. There are no new lows explored in tastelessness in the film. HAPPY GILMORE is a likeable comedy, but it does have some of the usual offensive elements of modern comedies.
(B, LLL, VV, S, N, M) Moral worldview where major theme is taking care of family; 44 obscenities (many more "beeped" out when shown on broadcast TV), 7 profanities, rude remarks, & threats ; moderate slapstick violence including falling, hockey fights, getting hit with golf balls, man fights alligator, falling objects, shoving, man hit with baseballs, & fist fighting; some mild sex talk, implied fornication & fantasizing; brief rear male nudity, cleavage & woman in lingerie; and pride