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Happy Gilmore


Starring: Adam Sandler, Christopher McDonald, Julie Bowen, Carl Weathers and Frances Bay
Distributor: Fabulous Films Ltd / Fremantle Media Enterprises
RRP: £14.99
Certificate: 12
Release Date: 15 February 2016

Happy is a rather clueless, deluded individual who is adamant he wants to be a pro-hockey player - despite the fact he can't skate. When his grandmother, who raised him, has her house seized due to not paying her taxes, Happy will do anything to help her. When he's introduced to golf it soon becomes clear he has an insane skill at driving the ball off the tee much further than should be humanly possible. However, he can't putt and he can't control his temper. If he can manage to learn to do both he should be able to win enough money to get his grandma's house back...

Adam Sandler... you either hate him or hate him a little less. Seriously, like Steve Guttenberg, the man is neither likeable or funny. I enjoyed The Wedding Singer, but in almost every other movie he just plays the same, barely likeable character.

Happy Gilmore is a movie with much potential, and with the right actor could have been much more enjoyable than what we finally end up with: a promising film, let down by an unlikable central character. The whole crutch of this film hangs on the audience rooting for Gilmore, which to be honest I wasn't. It was only because Christopher McDonald turns in such a wonderfully unlikable nemesis in Shooter McGavin, that you reluctantly root for Gilmore... a little.

Carl Weathers is wonderfully charming as the one handed Chubbs Peterson, who coaches Gilmore and Julie Bowen plays Virginia Venit, a PR director for the Pro Golf Tour and love interest for Gilmore. I didn't twig when I saw the credits, but this is the same Bowen who plays Claire Dunphy in Modern Family.

For extras we get the text based Production Notes and Cast & Filmmakers as well as Theatrical Trailer (2 min, 11 sec).

Fans of Sandler will no doubt get a kick out of this. For me it's a one sketch gag that is stretched to breaking point.


Darren Rea

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