Time: 92 mins.
Though I think Adam Sandler is a very funny person, most of the time his comedy is best endured in small doses. That's beginning to change with films like THE WEDDING SINGER, which was more than a one joke story. Unfortunately, HAPPY GILMORE is. It's one of his first films and it shows. The story just isn't sustainable for a feature length film. GILMORE has points of hilarity that rival that other golf film classic, CADDYSHACK, but not enough to make it good. What's amazing is though Sandler is not a great actor, the film lags when he's not onscreen. He has a presence and energy that's undeniable, it just needs to be harnessed better. He seems to be under the impression he needs to play the underdog to be likable. He's got leading man potential, he just needs to grow up.
As for this film, another loser versus the system affair, Sandler plays Happy Gilmore, a young man with a serious anger problem and a true love of hockey. Even though he can't skate, Happy tries and tries and tries to become a professional player. A joke on the tryout circuit, he can't seem to get his life together. Hockey is his one true passion. It's a dream he refuses to let go off. Too bad life has other plans. He is forced to find some means of gainful employment in order to help his grandmother pay off two decades of back taxes to the IRS. If she can't come up with $150,000 dollars in 90 days they're going to take her house. Happy tries to reason with them. How can they do this to the woman who raised him? A sweet, old lady who's never hurt a soul? The agent has heard it all before and gives Grandma no leeway.
A bet with the moving men removing his Grandmother's stuff, shows Happy his new calling in life. The bet is to hit a golf ball further than one of the movers. It turns out to be the easiest thing he's ever won. His unusual swing a great visual that's a source of constant amusement rockets the ball down the street through the second story window of a house over 400 yards away. His second and third shots go just as far. This is no accident. Happy finally has hope. Maybe he can save his Grandma's house after all. With nothing to lose, he enters the local open tournament, which goes better than he expected. With a spot on the pro tour in hand, Happy embarks on his new career.