February 18, 2021
Happy Gilmore – US, 1996
In the twenty-five years since the release of Dennis Dugan’s Adam Sandler film Happy Gilmore, a narrative has develop regarding the quality of both Sandler’s films and his performances in them. The theory goes something like this: If Sandler is starring in a film written by him, both the film and Sandler are underwhelming; however, if the film is the creation of a respected director or screenwriter, not only is it worth-watching, but Sandler’s performances are worthy of acclaim and nominations. Compare, for example, the critical responses to Punch-Drunk Love, Spanglish, The Meyerowitz Stories, and Uncut Gems to those of The Ridiculous 6, Pixels, The Waterboy, and Grown Ups. They’re truly night and day.