Happy Gilmore

Universal Released 1996




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Dennis Dugan

Happy Gilmore is a sports comedy film that follows the career change of hockey player Happy Gilmore. After failing to make numerous hockey teams, Happy decides it is time to make a career change. Meanwhile, Happy finds out that his Grandma Gilmore is about to lose her home due to back taxes she owes. He makes a vow to save his grandmother's home. While playing golf one day, former pro golfer, Chubbs Peterson, sees Happy's shot and realizes he is talented. He tells Happy playing golf could earn him a large amount of money, so he gets the idea to put his hockey career on hold to play golf. After winning a local tournament, Happy decides to enter a pro tour. A series of comedic events ensue, many revolving around Shooter McGavin, Happy's fellow golfer and enemy. Shooter is determined to make sure Happy does not win the pro tour.


Metacritic Score

  • 40

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    The result is a movie that's hard to laugh at when its hero would surely be either in jail or perhaps even a mental institution were he to behave the way he does on screen in real ...

  • 30

  • 10

    Variety Brian Lowry

    Added together, there are about three minutes of funny material in Happy Gilmore, and pretty much all of them are in the trailer, leaving a sometimes painfully unfunny 90 minutes w...

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    • Production Budget - $10,000,000
      Domestic Gross - $38,824,099 (71st)

      Domestic Adjusted for 2013 - $71,675,260

    • Other Production Companies:
      Brillstein-Grey Productions
      Robert Simonds Productions

    • Tagline:
      He doesn't play golf... he destroys it.

    • Filming locations include:
      Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
      Furry Creek, British Columbia, Canada
      Richmond, British Columbia, Canada
      Surrey, British Columbia, Canada
      Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

    • Music:
      Tuesday's Gone
      Written by Allen Collins, Ronnie Van Zant
      Performed by Lynyrd SkynyrdKiss
      You All Over
      Written by Michael Chapman, Nicolas Chinn
      Performed by Exile
      Money (That's What I Want)
      Written by Berry Gordy, Janie Bradford
      Written by David Paton, William Lyall
      Performed by Pilot
      Carry On My Wayward Son
      Written by Kerry Livgren
      Performed by Kansas
      Wooly Bully
      Written by Domingo Samudio
      Performed by Sam the Sham and The Pharaohs
      Endless Love
      Written by Lionel Richie
      Performed by Diana Ross and Lionel Richie
      Green Onions
      Written by Booker T. Jones, Steve Cropper, Lewie Steinberg,
      Al Jackson Jr.
      Happy Day
      Written by Eric Kupper, Orville Brinsley Evans
      Performed by Uncanny Alliance
      Jump Around
      Written by Larry Muggerud, Erik Schrody
      Performed by House of Pain
      Vidyekhom Svyet Istinly
      Written by K. Shvedov
      Performed by Siavyanka Men's Chorus
      Rock And Roll Part 2
      Written by Gary Glitter, Mike Leander
      Performed by Gary Glitter
      We've Only Just Begun
      Written by Paul Williams, Roger Nichols
      Sung by Carl Weathers
      Clubhouse Pie-ano
      Written and Performed by Sourcerer


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Comedy, Sports


quotable, dumb friends, low brow humor, the underdog, snobs versus slobs