YMMV / Happy Gilmore


  • Better on DVD: The extended edition of the film has a scene where the cruel nursing home orderly gets his comeuppance (Happy throws him out of a second-story window after learning how he's been treating Grandma Gilmore). On the theatrical cut of the film he's a Karma Houdini (if thankfully also a downplayed one from the full cut).
  • Casting Gag: Lee Trevino as the silent golfer. He was well known of the PGA Tour for never shutting up.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Chubbs and Mr. Larson. Being played by Carl Weathers and Richard Kiel helps.
  • Franchise Original Sin: Several of the issues that would erupt into unwatchability in Sandler's later films show up here, but in muted form that makes them tolerable, most notably the blatant Product Placement for Subway.
  • Fridge Logic: Why was Shooter involved in the meeting between Happy and the president of the Pro Tour? So he could find out about Happy's Grandma's predicament.
  • Growing the Beard: For Adam Sandler. Although his first major lead movie, Billy Madison, was a modest hit, it was also a pretty thin movie that needed multiple BLAMs just to fill its scant runtime, not to mention Sandler talking in a juvenile lisp. With this movie, he proved he could play a mostly-normal likeable guy (with a Berserk Button) that also did a pretty good job hitting the Sports Stories beats and didn't just feel like an SNL sketch. Combining that persona with a traditional but successful formula plot would lay the groundwork for his more popular movies like The Wedding Singer and Big Daddy.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Happy Gilmore is a golfer with eye-popping skill who brings a new boom to golf by attracting younger fans and new sponsors who weren't into the sport before. The year after the movie came out, Tiger Woods hit the scene as a golfer with eye-popping skill who brought a new boom to golf by attracting younger fans and new sponsors who weren't in the sport before.
  • Iron Woobie: Between his father dying, getting beaten nearly to death for an on-the-job accident, failing to make the hockey team, losing his girlfriend, and watching helplessly as Grandma gets evicted from her home, Happy has to endure a lot. It's enough to turn him into a de facto Determinator hero, despite his Jerkass tendencies.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • YER GONNA DIE CLOWN!
    • You eat pieces of shit for breakfast?
    • "Guns don't kill people, I kill people!" It has become so popular so you can expect someone, either fictional or real person, to say this when they want to sound tough.
    • "Grizzly Adams did have a beard."
    • "The price is wrong, bitch!"
    • The hole scene.
    • Shooter McGavin is his own meme.
      • "Well moron, good for Happy GilmOH MY GOD!!"
  • Narm:
    • Happy's first girlfriend scolding and then breaking up with him over his speaker phone, just because it's so poorly acted.
    • Virginia's panicked scream of "Happy, look out—AUGGH!" when Donald ("Jackass!") is about to drive his car into Happy never sounds right.
  • Older Than They Think: UHF also has a scene where a character says "Guns don't kill people. I do.".
  • One-Scene Wonder: Bob Barker, as he utterly whoops Happy during their game. Barker initially was going to decline the cameo, until he was informed he would win.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Huh, who knew that Claire Dunphy used to date Happy Gilmore?
  • Squick:
    • "I saw two big, fat, naked bikers in the woods, off the 17th, having sex! How am I supposed to chip with that going on?!"
    • Happy's corrupted happy place.
  • Tear Jerker: Chubbs' death.
  • Too Cool to Live: Chubbs.
  • Watch It for the Meme: As mentioned above, the "Happy Gilmore vs. Bob Barker" part is the most well-known part of the movie.

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