It probably wouldn’t do any good to play this game if you were Chubbs, seeing as how he couldn’t handle the right side of the controller and all. For this version of Happy Gilmore is a sports-themed bash-‘em-up game, partly styled after River City Ransom. Given Happy’s penchant for getting manically violent when things aren’t to his liking, it’s the perfect match-up, and it’s a treat to see the familiar facial expressions during the fight scenes.
The year was 1996 and I was just months away from graduating high school when Happy Gilmore was released. As though Adam Sandler knew I had years of procrastination ahead of me with college just on the horizon, he co-wrote and starred in this gem of a film about an aspiring hockey player who takes his insane slapshot to the golf course in an effort to save his grandmother’s house from being seized by the IRS.
Take away SNL and its cast members and the majority of memorable late 70s, 80s, 90s and 00s comedies would either not exist or require significant recasting. And its not just lighter fare
Happy Gilmore was released at about the same that Tiger Woods began to explode onto the golf scene. Woods’ youthful style and personality (along with Adam Sandler’s flick, if you ask me) led to a resurgence in the game. Kids wanted to play golf, and not just kids