History Film / HappyGilmore

20th Jul '16 11:06:39 PM Whistler
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* DefeatMeansFriendship: In the prologue we learn that Happy got into a fight with his boss, Mr. Larson. Happy feels like 'I won the fight' and when they met later, Mr.Larson is one of his fans [[spoiler: and beats the crap out of Shooter on Happy's behalf.]]

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* DefeatMeansFriendship: In the prologue we learn that Happy got into a fight with his boss, Mr. Larson. Happy feels like 'I won the fight' (despite being the one who ended up in the ER) and when they met later, Mr.Larson is one of his fans [[spoiler: and beats the crap out of Shooter on Happy's behalf.]]
20th Jul '16 1:03:38 PM rjung
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''Happy Gilmore'' is the story of -- well, Happy Gilmore, a die-hard hockey fan who badly wants to make it in the pro leagues. Unfortunately for him, he gets cut at every tryout due to a considerable lack in skill -- a powerful slapshot notwithstanding. Things go from bad to worse when he discovers his grandmother owes over $250,000 in back taxes and is about to lose her home. While her stuff is being repossessed, the two workers challenge Happy to hit golf balls. He does...and much to the workers' (and his own) surprise, discovers he has a 400yd+ drive. After a remark about how he can make lots of money doing that, he decides to give golfing a shot.

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''Happy Gilmore'' is the story of -- well, Happy Gilmore, Gilmore (Creator/AdamSandler), a die-hard hockey fan who badly wants to make it in the pro leagues. Unfortunately for him, he gets cut at every tryout due to a considerable lack in skill -- a powerful slapshot notwithstanding. Things go from bad to worse when he discovers his grandmother owes over $250,000 in back taxes and is about to lose her home. While her stuff is being repossessed, the two workers challenge Happy to hit golf balls. He does...and much to the workers' (and his own) surprise, discovers he has a 400yd+ drive. After a remark about how he can make lots of money doing that, he decides to give golfing a shot.
7th Jul '16 1:09:22 PM Morgenthaler
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* TheObiWan: Chubbs is a legend among golf pros. The reason why he's the MentorArchetype and not TheHero is better justified than in many stories. In golf, missing a hand [[IncrediblyLamePun is a large handicap]].
6th Jul '16 6:21:04 PM SuperSauce
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* JerkassHasAPoint: Shooter is undoubtedly the villain but he does bring up valid points about Happy's unacceptable behavior during tournaments. The crowd also boos him when he breaks a beach ball in the last tournament but it shouldn't have been there in the first place.



* VillainHasAPoint: The IRS agent legally has the right to kick Happy's grandma out of her house since she hadn't paid her taxes in over 20 years.

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* VillainHasAPoint: VillainHasAPoint:
** Shooter is undoubtedly the villain but he does bring up valid points about Happy's unacceptable behavior during tournaments. Manhandling caddies assigned to you when you're a rookie, swearing up a storm on live television because ''you couldn't putt a ball properly'', throwing clubs, and causing (and losing) a punch-on with a celebrity should get you ejected permanently from the tour. The crowd also boos him when he breaks a beach ball in the last tournament but it shouldn't have been there in the first place -- and certainly not while he was putting.
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The IRS agent legally has the right to kick Happy's grandma out of her house since she hadn't paid her taxes in over 20 years.
6th Jul '16 4:47:43 PM omegafire17
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* AccidentalAthlete: Played with. Happy ''is'' trying to be an athlete, just at hockey instead of golf.

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* AccidentalAthlete: Played with. Happy ''is'' trying to be an athlete, just at hockey instead of golf. His prowess at golf is a combination of his drive (his hockey power swings) and some luck, but the rest of his game is terrible until given lessons, as a result.



* BeyondTheImpossible: Happy has a 400 yard drive. In real golf, a 300 yard drive is considered to be very impressive. Indeed, everyone who sees it for the first time can't believe their eyes.

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* BeyondTheImpossible: Happy has a 400 yard drive. In real golf, a 300 yard drive is considered to be very impressive. Indeed, everyone who sees it for the first time can't believe their eyes. eyes, and Shooter offhandedly says to Larson that it's not possible (normally).



** Happy, after Shooter crashes his dream sequence.

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** Happy, Happy after Shooter crashes his dream sequence.sequence, [[DownplayedTrope though it's more angrish than a 'no']].



* BreakoutCharacter: An in-universe example. Happy's amazing drive, in-your-face attitude, and blue collar background make him a hero of the masses, and gives professional golf a boost in popularity that it has never seen before.

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* BreakoutCharacter: An in-universe example. Happy's amazing drive, in-your-face attitude, and blue collar background make him a hero of the masses, and gives professional golf a boost in popularity that it has it's never seen before.
22nd Jun '16 12:56:31 PM case
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* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Happy acknowledges that he originally only played golf to make money. It's only because of Shooter's constant antagonism that he decides that kicking Shooter's ass is also a worthy goal. Further, if Shooter hadn't enlisted Donald to bring Happy down, Happy likely would have made enough money to buy Grandma's house back and quit the tour before the Gold Jacket championship, leaving it open for Shooter to win.
22nd Jun '16 12:34:33 PM case
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* DramaPreservingHandicap: On the last day of the climatic tournament, Happy loses his long drive after being hit by a car.



* UnskilledButStrong: Happy can hit the ball 400 yards by adapting his hockey slapshot. His inability to putt (among other things) prevents him from becoming a great golfer. He slowly learns golfing skills over the course of the movie.

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* UnskilledButStrong: Happy can accurately hit the ball 400 yards by adapting his hockey slapshot. His inability to putt (among other things) prevents him from becoming a great golfer. He slowly learns golfing skills over the course of the movie.
4th Jun '16 9:31:32 PM wyattte
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* ChekhovsGun: The car driving into the tower after [[spoiler: running down Happy. The tower eventually gives way and falls onto the green right before Happy can take his final shot.]]



* {{Fanservice}}: Virginia in the HappyPlace, in lingerie. Carrying beers!



* NothingCanStopUsNow: This is how Happy feels when he eventually wins enough money to pay off the money his grandma owes the IRS. The next scene shows it auctioned off for ''more'' money than Grandma Gilmore owed in taxes.

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* NothingCanStopUsNow: This is how Happy feels when he eventually wins enough money to pay off the money his grandma owes the IRS. The next scene shows it auctioned off for ''more'' money than Grandma Gilmore owed in taxes. [[spoiler: To Shooter.]]



* TheStoic: The homeless guy. Especially when Happy throws a tantrum and tosses a putter again, and the homeless guy catches it without even cocking his head.



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--->''[[{{Troll}} JACKAAAAAASS!!!]]''
6th May '16 6:50:28 AM case
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* AnnoyingLaugh: The big clown face at the mini-golf course of "you're gonna die, clown!" fame makes one every time it rejects Happy's ball.
5th May '16 11:59:01 PM Eagal
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* BerserkButton: Happy has many; threats to his grandma, other players taking the puck away from him, balls that don't want to "go home" etc.
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