Happy Gilmore
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Adam Sandler's second popular starring vehicle after Billy Madison is a goofy lowbrow paean to golf, hockey, and the comic hysterics of its childlike star. In Happy Gilmore, Sandler plays the title character, a raw, determined, but ultimately untalented hockey player who keeps trying out for the pros. When Happy discovers his grandmother (Frances Bay) will lose her home if she doesn't fork over 270,000 dollars to the IRS, he tries to figure out how he can possibly scrounge up the cash. An idea strikes during a game of one-upmanship with a couple furniture movers stripping his… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 60%

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"[A] one-joke Caddyshack for the blitzed and jaded."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"It may smell awful from a distance, especially if you have low tolerance for lowbrow humor, but up close this yarn about an unlikely golf star is fairly painless."
‑ Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle
"there's still plenty of true immaturity to go around"
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"Fans of sport and brash, boisterous comedies will find a lot to love here."
‑ James Jennings, Film4
"This is a fun movie. I don't know how many times I've seen it now, but it never ceases to amuse me."
‑ JoBlo, JoBlo's Movie Emporium
"There are about three minutes of funny material in Happy Gilmore, and pretty much all of them are in the trailer."
‑ Brian Lowry, Variety
"You don't feel that Sandler and director Dennis Dugan are trying for the kind of subversiveness that might just make Happy's brutal anarchy more effective."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"Adolescent humor at its best/worst. Lots of profanity."
‑ Alex Orner, Common Sense Media
"At the end of the day, it's exactly what most spectators would really love to see on the fairway."
‑ Darren Bignell, Empire Magazine
"Happy Gilmore provides Sandler with a perfect outlet for his character."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Superior disposable comedy."
‑ , Time Out
"Happy's tantrums, which the movie pretends are liberating explosions of self-expression, aren't nearly maniacal enough to reach comic delirium."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"Sandler's serious moments are dramatically deadly, while a little of his comedy goes a long way."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"From beginning to end, there's not a slow moment in "Happy Gilmore," the Tiger Woods of gleefully idiotic comedy."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"A bigtime guilty pleasure for me."
‑ Bill Clark, FromTheBalcony
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