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.
  • 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.