7. Happy Gilmore

Yes, it’s a golf movie.  Not the kind of golf movie you would expect.  I mean it stars Adam Sandler.  Now I will go ahead and say this now.  The rest of the list doesn’t have another Sandler movie?  Why?  To me this movie was better than “The Longest Yard” and “The Waterboy.”  If you’ve seen this movie, then you know exactly what I mean.  If not, I will set it up for you.

As I said earlier the main character is Adam Sandler’s.  That character is Happy Gilmore.  He is really a hockey player who isn’t as good as he thinks he is.  His grandmother’s house is being seized by the IRS and will be up for auction if they don’t pay up.  Happy discovers by accident that he can hit a golf ball over 400 yards.  So he figures he can make some easy money that way.  A former pro-golfer named Chubbs Peterson sees some real talent in him and offers his help to turn Happy Gilmore into more than a side show.  Happy will have to learn on the fly as a rival named Shooter McGavin will stop at nothing to make sure he fails.

Besides seeing Adam Sandler and his antics, the other cast is pretty well known and hilarious.  Chubbs is played by Carl Weathers.  Yes that same “Predator” and “Rocky” fighting individual.  Christopher McDonald does a great job of being Shooter McGavin.  Julie Bowen, who is one of the stars of “Modern Family” played Happy Gilmore’s love interest Virginia Venit.  She is fantastic.  And last, but not least Bob Barker from “The Price is Right” makes an appearance.

The following scene with Happy Gilmore and Bob Barker is the best way to sway you to watch it for the first time or the one hundredth time.  This is easily one of the best if not the best thing about this movie.  Enjoy.

Happy Gilmore: [Having a bad day of golfing due to a member of the crowd] That guy’s driving me *crazy*!

Bob Barker: You know what’s driving *me* crazy? You, not getting the ball in the hole.

Happy: Don’t push me, Bob! Now’s not the time.
[Happy hits the ball, which hits a man standing on a boat, who then falls into the water]

Bob: This guy sucks!

Announcer: We haven’t seen Happy Gilmore play *this* badly since his first day on tour. He and Bob Barker are now dead-last.

Bob: I can’t *believe* you’re a professional golfer! I think you should be working at the snack bar.

Happy: [Angrily, with teeth clenched] You better relax, Bob.

Bob: There is *no* way that you could have been as bad at hockey as you are at golf!

Happy: Alright, let’s go!
[Happy throws down his club and punches Bob in the face, who falls to the ground]

Happy: You like that, old man? You want a piece of me?

Bob: [Shaking his head as he gets up] I don’t want a *piece* of you, I want the *whole thing*!
[Punches Happy in the gut, then proceeds to punch him in the face ten times, sending Happy falling into a pond]

Happy: [Happy gets out] Now you’re gonna get it, Bobby!
[Happy grabs his club and swings at Bob, who blocks, punches Happy in the face, then throws him to the ground. Happy tackles Bob, resulting in both of them rolling down a hill. At the bottom, Happy headbutts Bob]

Happy: The price is *wrong*, bitch!

Bob: [Bob grabs Happy’s throat, opens his eyes with a menacing look, stands up, punches Happy in the gut twice, and once in the face before Happy falls down again] I think you’ve had enough.
[Starts to walk away, but notices Happy start to stand up again]

Bob: No?
[Kicks Happy in the face]

Bob: *Now* you’ve had enough… bitch.

Yes.  Bob freaking Barker is the man.  Aside from that, “Happy Gilmore” really brought the sport of golf to the forefront for me.  Not that I watch it all the time, but I do have an interest in it.  Heck, it does run in my family and most of yours to.  If you haven’t seen it I highly recommend it and that you watch it with someone who has.  You will appreciate it that much more.

This top 10 list is sports movies that I’ve seen.  Not what others recommend, but only what my eyes have seen and that I truly enjoy.  If you haven’t seen this movie, netflix it, pirate the movie, however you go about watching movies, just do it.

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