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->''"He doesn't play golf -- he ''destroys'' it."''
-->-- '''TagLine'''

While ''Film/{{Caddyshack}}'' is widely regarded as the greatest golf movie ever made, this is undoubtedly the second-greatest.

''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.

This is a movie brimming with hilarity from front to back, and regarded as one of Creator/AdamSandler's defining roles. It is also the highest reviewed movie directed by Creator/DennisDugan, earning a 60% on RottenTomatoes.
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!!This film provides examples of:

* AbortedArc: In the theatrical release, the buildup about the orderly in the nursing home is all for naught, as he isn't seen ever again after the grandma leaves the home. He doesn't even appear in the scene where she leaves. In TV airings and the special DVD release, however, he gets his comeuppance by being thrown out a window and beaten with purses by old ladies
* AccidentalAthlete: Played with. Happy ''is'' trying to be an athlete, just at hockey instead of golf.
* ActorAllusion:
** Multiple layers of it in a single short conversation. First, Happy asks Chubbs why a guy his size isn't playing a "real sport" like football or something. (Carl Weathers, who played Chubbs, used to be a pro football player). Chubbs answers the question by claiming that his mother wouldn't let him play anything dangerous. Happy comments that maybe that's a good idea. (Weathers also played Apollo Creed in the ''Film/{{Rocky}}'' movies, who died in the ring during the fourth film). Then, Happy discovers that Chubbs is missing a hand, and in ''Film/{{Predator}}'' Weathers' character had an arm cut off just before being killed.
** The character of Mr. Larson is referred to as 'Frankenstein' at one point. Richard Kiel who plays him was in a Monkees episode as a 'Frankenstein' type creature.
* AlliterativeName: Virginia Venit, the second of Adam's "V-name" girlfriends.
* BadassBoast: On Mr. Larson's shirt: "Guns don't kill people, '''I''' kill people."
* BadassGrandpa: Happy learns the hard way that Bob Barker is one of these; he gets the shit beaten out of him.
** Counts as a Real Life Example too; Barker practiced Tang So Doo and was even taught under Chuck Norris at one point.
* 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.
* 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 first time can't believe their eyes.
* BigNo:
** Happy, after Shooter crashes his dream sequence.
** Shooter himself, after he loses the tournament and [[spoiler: while getting the absolute stuffing beaten out of him by angry Happy fans after he stole the gold jacket near the end.]]
* BizarreAndImprobableGolfGame: Shooter learns that the "play it where it lies" rule applies for ''everyone''. This is why he has to hit a ball off Mr.Larson's foot.
* BookEnds: The film begins and ends with the opening guitar strains of "Tuesday's Gone" by Music/LynyrdSkynyrd.
* ButtMonkey: The towheaded caddy at the invitational is a hapless punching bag for Happy.
* CharacterTitle: Happy Gilmore
* ChasedByAngryNatives: Not the tribesman type, but [[spoiler: Shooter gets this after losing to Happy then, being the sore loser he is, trying to steal his Golden Jacket...right in front of Happy's fans (who happen to include a particularly enraged [[Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe Richard Kiel]]). In this case, he doesn't run fast enough]].
* ClusterFBomb: After a frustrating round of putting, Happy unleashes one but because it only happens in replays of tournaments, [[ClusterBleepBomb they're all bleeped out.]]
* ChekhovsSkill: While practicing his putting, Happy becomes very skilled at miniature golf. This skill pays off in the film's climax.
* CoolOldLady: For someone presumably old enough to remember the Great Depression, Grandma Gilmore is surprisingly keen on who Gene Simmons and Brooke Shields are.
* CripplingOverspecialization: Aside from his extremely long drive, Happy's golf skills aren't much to talk about. His putting in particular is quite poor, but he ultimately [[DefiedTrope defies this trope]] by accepting Chubbs' trainning offer and learning on a miniature golf course.
* CriticalResearchFailure: InUniverse.
--> '''Lee Trevino:''' Grizzly Adams ''did'' have a beard.
* CurbStompBattle: This is what happens when Happy attacks Bob Barker. Barker lands 17 hits on Happy. Happy lands ''two''.
* {{Deconstruction}}: This movie is a commentary on golfers, their attitudes, and golfing.
* 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.]]
* {{Defictionalization}}: The NHL Shop has sold [[http://shop.nhl.com/search/hockey%20stick%20putters hockey stick putters]] for many years.
* DestinationDefenestration: Happy knocks some people out of windows in anger.
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: Happy, who is otherwise a {{jerkass}}, becomes a gentleman around his grandmother.
* {{Everyman}}: Virginia argues that Happy is a ratings bonanza for the tour because professional golf needs a "working-class hero" whom ordinary people can look up to.
* EvilPlan: An odd example in that the plot's initial conflict, Mrs. Gilmore losing her house, is not the real villain's {{plan}}. Instead, that would be Shooter's attempts to kick Happy off the Pro Tour for stealing his thunder.
* FromBadToWorse: Happy watches his grandmother's house get auctioned off. The winner? [[spoiler:Shooter [=McGavin=].]]
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: While Virginia and the tour commissioner are discussing Happy, [[http://youtu.be/8qaAKxJp0EM?t=2m4s Happy can be heard on the TV in the background swearing up a]] ([[ClusterBleepBomb bleeped out]]) storm.
--->'''Happy''': [[PunctuatedForEmphasis Piece! Of! Monkey]][[CensoredForComedy sh*bleep*]]!
** Even earlier when Chubbs is convincing Happy to try out for the Pro-tour, a kid who watched Happy in the batting cages tries the same thing. It doesn't end well for him.
* GentleGiant / HiddenDepths: Happy's Boss Mr. Larson is at first shown to be a brooding intimidating guy, but when he's calm he is actually a nice guy to those that deserve it and even tells Happy he is proud of him. [[spoiler: He also takes a step further in chasing down Shooter when the latter steals Happy's prize golden Jacket.]]
* GoodColorsEvilColors: In Happy Gilmore's [[ImagineSpot "Happy Place"]], Virginia is usually wearing white underwear but when Shooter invades the dream sequence, her underwear is black.
** VariableMix: The music also changes from ethereal to Heavy Metal.
* GretzkyHasTheBall: Semi-averted; they ''do'' mention that one can take a drop with a two-stroke penalty, but neither Shooter nor Happy does (Shooter would be hitting a ball off a patron's ''shoe'', and Happy would be putting over a fallen broadcaster's tower that winds up amazingly like a mini-golf hole).
** However, Shooter and Happy's lie are treated equally by the association president when they are not under pretty much any golf rule set in existence; Shooter has to play his ball of Mr. Larson's foot because it was an errant shot of his own agency. Virtually every US golf association rule set would allow the tower to be cleared from Happy's line of putt, as the obstruction came from fan interference and the golfer can request a movable obstruction that is not part of the course design to be removed. Of course, [[TookALevelInBadass one could also be like Happy and just hit it with brimming confidence anyways.]]
* GrievousBottleyHarm: Happy threatens Shooter with it, but Virginia stops Happy before he can.
--> '''Happy:''' Yeah, I was just looking for the other half of this bottle, and-- oh, here's some! There's some... over there, too.
* HairTriggerTemper: Happy will fly off the handle at preceived slights; he ripped off a guy's shirt and punched him out because of a sarcastic remark about his putting skills.
* HaHaHaNo: Happy's reaction to the member of the audience chiding him on his putting skills in his first tournament. Happy agrees with the guy until he gets close enough for a sucker punch.
* HappyPlace: {{Trope Namer|s}}. Chubbs tells Happy to relax by going to a place 'that's pefect; your own happy place'.
* TheHeckler: Shooter hires a guy to harass Happy while he plays because Happy simply does not have the self discipline to ignore him and he promised not to attack other players or the audience. So he is constantly hearing the guy scream "You're not going to make this putt, you jackass!" and eventually this leads to him taking out his anger on Bob Barker.
* HeroicComedicSociopath: Happy's temper, aggression, and disregard for the well being of others (like the family at the end of the street) is played for laughs.
* HollywoodNewEngland: Grandma's house is in Waterbury; Happy's Boston Bruins gear indicates that the movie specifically takes place in Waterbury, Connecticut, the site of Happy's first open.
* HopeSpot: Happy earns enough money to buy back Grandma's house, only to learn that it's being sold at auction, where he is outbid by Shooter.
* [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy I Want My Grandson To Be Happy]]: When Happy flounders in the final tournament thanks to Shooter's chiding and is so frustrated that not even his HappyPlace can help him, his grandmother breaks him out of it by telling him whether he wins or loses she wants him to be happy. This calms him down enough to focus and make a comeback.
* InsultBackfire:
-->'''Shooter''': I eat pieces of shit like you for breakfast.\\
'''Happy''': You eat pieces of shit for breakfast?\\
'''Shooter''' (''panicked''): ...No!
* JerkJock: Shooter [=McGavin=] is obnixious and arrogant and looks down on Happy for being new. He's like the sterotypical high school jock that went professional.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Happy's a NiceGuy when he's not trying to stab someone with a hockey skate or throwing a guy out of a second-story window.
* KarmaHoudini:
** Creator/BenStiller's character (the retirement home orderly) in the theatrical version. In TV and extended DVD versions, the Grandma tells Happy about her mistreatment, and Happy throws the orderly out of a second-story window in retaliation.
** Also Joe Flaherty's character Donald, the fan hired by Shooter to annoy Happy ("Jackass!"). Along with being a JerkAss, he also runs into Happy with his car. He's last seen fleeing the golf course with security in pursuit, but we never find out his fate. In a deleted scene before this during the championship game, Happy calls him out on his insults and forces him to take a shot. He fails horribly. Considering a part of him caught on fire briefly any potential burns he suffers that scar him permanently is a good karmic kick.
* KickTheDog: Shooter when he [[spoiler: tries to buy Happy's grandmother's house]] and suggests that she become his maid.
* KickThemWhileTheyAreDown: Bob Barker's finishing shot on Happy. ''Now'' he's had enough...
* LetsGetDangerous / TookALevelInBadAss: "Happy learned how to putt... ''uh-oh!''"
* MentorOccupationalHazard: [[spoiler:Chubbs, who dies from a combination of fright and a long fall.]]
* {{Metaphorgotten}}:
-->'''Happy''' (''to his golf ball, after barely missing a putt''): You son of a bitch ball -- why don't you just go home?! That's your home! Are you too good for your home?! Answer me!
* MoralityChain: Happy's grandmother is his defining moral point her being in trouble is what sparks the whole plot off, and Happy rejects anything that will cause her harm in some way.
* MoralityPet: Happy is surprisingly nice to the homeless guy he picks up to be his caddy. [[spoiler: After he wins the tournament, he makes the guy his butler]].
* NoBadassToHisValet: The homeless guy that Happy enlists as his caddie seems completely unafraid of Happy's explosive temper. In one scene, he catches a golf club hurled by Happy at high speed without even flinching.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Happens offscreen to [[spoiler:Shooter courtesy of an angry mob and a REALLY angry Mr.Larson.]]
* NoSympathy: Bob Barker is not interested in Happy's excuses of the very loud and visible heckler distracting his playoff, and makes clear he blames their loss on his incompetence, only spearheading the latter to take his frustrations out on him when he won't relent on insults of his own.
* 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.
* 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]].
* OhCrap: Shooter's reaction to Mr. Larson's threat after he has to play it where it lies...off Mr. Larson's foot.
-->'''Mr. Larson''': That's two thus far, Shooter.\\
'''Shooter [=McGavin=]''': Oh, you can count. Good for you.\\
'''Mr. Larson''': And ''you'' can count...on ''me'', waiting for you in the parking lot!\\
(''crowd "oooo"s in surprise while Shooter runs away, followed by someone in the crowd mockingly calling "Run Shooter!"'')
** Another example between the two:
-->'''Mr. Larson''': Trying to reach the green from here, Shooter?\\
'''Shooter [=McGavin=]''': That's not possible, sir.\\
'''Mr. Larson''': I beg to differ; Happy Gilmore accomplished that feat, no more than an hour ago.\\
'''Shooter [=McGavin=]''': Well, MORON...(''turns around'') good for Happy (''sees Larson'') Gilm-OHMY''GOD!''
** The look on Shooter's face when Mr. Larson bends his 9-iron is priceless.
* OnlyAFleshWound: Happy is hit with a car. The only loss he suffers is his ability to hit the long drive; he quickly shrugs off his injuries [[spoiler: and is able to win the tournament.]]
-->'''Doctor''': Well, you're a little banged up but no serious injuries. Just keep off your feet for a few days.
-->'''Happy''': To Hell with that, I gotta finish up.
-->'''Doctor''': [[LampshadeHanging Fine! Do whatever you like. What would I know, I'm just a Doctor.]]
* PlaceWorseThanDeath: The retirement home where Happy leaves his grandmother is a cover for its true purpose; a sweatshop for old people.
* ProductPlacement:
** Happy gets an endorsement deal with Subway long before Jared made the company famous. In this case it's a plot point; the commericals earn Happy enough money to pay his grandma's back taxes.
** The Pepsi logo also shows up several times in the film.
** In his [[http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/happy-gilmore-1996 review of the film,]] Roger Ebert noted "Diet Pepsi, Pepsi, Pepsi Max, Subway sandwich shops, Budweiser (in bottles, cans, and Bud-dispensing helmets), Michelob, Visa cards, Bell Atlantic, AT&T, Sizzler, Wilson, Golf Digest, the ESPN sports network, and Top-Flite golf balls."
* RuleOfFunny: Why is Happy never in deep trouble or arrested for his multiple assaults? Because it's funny!
* RunningGag: Lee Trevino looking at Happy forlornly and shaking his head. There's a twist on this near the end.
-->'''Shooter''': You, beat me, at golf? Yeah right, and Grizzly Adams had a beard.\\
'''Trevino''': (''interjecting'') Grizzly Adams ''did'' have a beard.
* SirSwearsALot: The TV censors can barely keep up with Happy.
* SlobsVersusSnobs: The plot is driven by the rivalry between the blue-collar Happy Gilmore and the upper class Shooter [=McGavin=].
-->'''Virginia:''' Golf has been waiting for a player like this: A colorful, emotional, working-class hero.
* SmallNameBigEgo: Shooter to a T. He's smug to everyone, especially Happy, about what a great golfer he is. However it's clearly shown that some Gold Jacket champions are more interested in welcoming Happy to his first open than talking to Shooter.
* SmugSnake: Shooter [=McGavin=] is a great golfer, no doubt about that, but he's not as great as he thinks he is and his ego is fragile.
* TakeAThirdOption: After a tower crashes down on the putting green, blocking Happy's path to the hole, Shooter fully expects Happy to forfeit the tournament. Virginia suggests that he stroke ''around'' the crashed tower and get a two-putt to send the contest into overtime. Instead, Happy decides to use the struts of the tower as conduits to the hole in an attempt to win the game right there.
* TameHisAnger: The secret to Happy learning how to put is controlling his anger and focusing on the putt itself.
--> '''Chubbs''': ''This isn't Hockey; you don't play with raw emotion.''
* ThisCannotBe: Shooter during his VillainousBreakdown, if you can make it out over the crowd cheering and [[LargeHam his general shout-iness.]]
--> "[[BigNo NOOO!]] IT'S IMPOSSIBLE! [[SoreLoser THIS IS MY JACKET!]]"
* ThisIsForEmphasisBitch: First by Happy to Bob Barker ("The price is ''wrong'', bitch!") then by Bob Barker to Happy ("I think you've had enough...(''punts a downed Happy'') ''Now'' you've had enough...[[IronicEcho bitch]]!")
* TrainingFromHell: Happy goes through this twice first, when he stands in a batting cage and gets pelted with baseballs to toughen himself up, and later he has to learn how to putt at a very gaudy mini-golf course. He prefered the former ("God, I love it!") to the latter.
* {{Troll}}: "You WILL NOT make this putt, you jackass!"
* UnderdressedForTheOccasion: Happy shows up to an upscale social gathering wearing denim jeans, sneakers, and a AC/DC t-shirt.
-->'''Chubbs''': By the way, thanks for dressing up.
* UnstoppableRage: You don't want to make Happy mad at you. However this trope is inverted as his rage causes him to lose focus and make his golfing game sloppy. Shooter uses this against him in the duo tournament with Barker which causes their fight. Chubbs helps him to overcome this and then Happy himself does it on his own in the final game.
* VillainyFreeVillain: The IRS agent who takes Grandma Gilmore's house due to unpaid back taxes is simply doing his job. He even points this out when Happy shows up to stop the moving men. Happy throws the IRS agent out of a window anyway.
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: Shooter considers Happy to be this. He feels that Happy Gilmore's antics are ruining the sport of golf (plus, he also feels that Happy is a threat to his chances of winning a championship).
* WhoNeedsOvertime: Happy elects to take a difficult putt to win the tour championship instead of taking a safe two-putt opportunity to force a playoff.
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