Happy Gilmore A Comic Classic That Still Stands Strong Today, After 22 Years

Happy Gilmore’s storyline is simple: A lambast hockey player finds out that he has the most powerful golf drive in history, and becomes a professional so that he can make money and save his grandmother’s house. Weird? Quirky? Absolutely. When you have the tagline “Written by Adam Sandler” what else can you expect?

 

This film is the one that introduced me to one of my favourite comic stand-ups and actors, Adam Sandler. His movies are mostly slapsticks and many have also been unfunny, but this is one of his movies in which nearly every slapstick and his signature “Sandler Tropes” work. This old Adam Sandler has largely been non-existent as of late. The old Adam Sandler character would be a man who acts nice but turns violent and angry when he doesn’t get his way. Simple. Brilliant. Sandler. This movie is a true example of his genuine comic side.

 

Happy Gilmore (Sandler) is a nearly unlikeable loser who after a strangely traumatic childhood, grew up to be a raving, anti-social lunatic, who happens to be obsessed with hockey. That’s what he feels he’s good at. He constantly tries out for hockey teams, and proudly holds two league records (Most time spent in the penalty box, and he was the only person in history to ever take off his skate and try to harm somebody). One day, his girlfriend dumps him and he doesn’t make the hockey team, and this prompts the IRS to possess his grandmother’s house which he spent a lot of his childhood and grew up in. Soon, he discovers that he has an incredible talent for golf, with a record-breaking long drive. Unwillingly he is taken under the wing of one-handed former golf pro Chubbs Peterson (Carl Weathers) and becomes a golf professional due to his long drive, and extremely rude behaviour, much to the dismay of the leading tour money winner, Shooter McGavin (Christopher McDonald). A bitter rivalry and a race-against-time ensues, as Happy tries to earn back his grandma’s house, and beat Shooter to win the championship.

 

Happy Gilmore is a movie that I truly adore, and will always cherish. There are many quotable lines and hilariously random scenes and/or characters. One of the funniest ones is a cameo by Ben Stiller as a cold-blooded orderly at an old folk home, who treats the citizens like inmates in jail. One of the funniest comic bits in any Adam Sandler movie is the sequence in which Happy gets into a fistfight with Bob Barker, the host of “The Price is Right.”

Another hilarious thing about this movie is how many of the characters in the movie manage to play their parts and keep a straight face, even when Happy is assaulting innocent people for the smallest reasons, and verbally abusing the golf ball when it won’t go “home.” Happy is one of a group of quirky characters in the film, but much of the humour comes from the reactions of the serious characters, and/or the extras when Happy does something stupid. One hilarious example of this is when Happy repeatedly screams out every word that can’t be said on TV, well… on TV. The overall premise of the film is fun, and the film delivers non-stop laughs. Sit back and enjoy the classic Adam Sandler vehicle.

 

Hiranandani Parks, Oragadam

 

Now that you read about a twenty-two-year-old classic golf movie, let’s get you enlightened with something that’s constantly budding in Oragadam, Chennai. Oragadam houses one of the most premium properties in Chennai named the Hiranandani Parks, built by the Hiranandani Group. It also houses one of the most premium golf ranges in the City. It comprises a 9-hole-range, and a driving range as well to practice, if your game is off a bit! Visit the Hiranandani Parks today, for an experience you will never forget.

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