It’s always exciting when a beloved movie celebrates an anniversary. With the memory of a first watch comes a flood of feelings and associations tied specifically to that experience. That, coupled with the fact that the actors/actresses of that particular movie usually find fun, offbeat ways to mark the occasion, promises a good time for all. So, when Adam Sandler and Christopher McDonald took to Twitter yesterday to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Happy Gilmore, the world understandably fell in love with it all over again.
Adam Sandler reminded fans that one of his best films, Happy Gilmore, turned 25 on February 16, which is pretty remarkable. Time, like Happy’s wayward, gator-bound golf balls, really does fly, and it will be fascinating to see what Happy hype looks like at 30 and 35.
Here’s Adam Sandler’s original tweet:
And here is Christopher McDonald’s (Shooter McGavin) impressive video response to Adam Sandler:
It is comforting to know that despite all that has changed in the last two decades (heck, even in the past year), Happy and Shooter are still after the ultimate prize: the other’s defeat. It is worth noting, though, that the competition has absolutely grown quite a bit friendlier, which is always great to see. After all, it wouldn’t be in the Happy Gilmore spirit to be angry, sad, or overly competitive, would it?
Happy Gilmore pulled in $41.2 million at the box office, an encouraging number when you consider the fact that the film only cost $12 million to make. It opened to $8.5 million domestically and brought in an additional $2.3 million internationally. Critically, it did alright, even though Rotten Tomatoes maintains it is Adam Sandler’s best comedy. It has some pretty stiff competition when stacked against films such as Billy Madison, Big Daddy, or The Waterboy.
Other comedies that have recently hit 25 include Tommy Boy, Billy Madison, Clueless, Black Sheep, and tons more, with staples such as Jerry Maguire and Kingpin set to reach this same milestone later this year. The ’90s really did seem to be comedy’s heyday, and a compelling argument could absolutely be made in defense of it being one of the most memorable decades for the genre. Of course, then the ’70s and ’80s would need to be taken into consideration and that’s just a can of worm that isn’t worth opening.
In terms of Adam Sandler’s recent and upcoming performances, he has starred in the stressful but incredible Uncut Gems, Hubie Halloween, The Wrong Missy, and Murder Mystery, with a prominent role in Jeremiah Zagar’s forthcoming film Hustle. He is an extremely prolific actor. We usually don’t have to wait too long for him to release something new.
If you’re feeling festive and want to celebrate alongside Adam Sandler and Christopher McDonald, revisit Happy Gilmore. You’d be a day late but if the film’s success says anything, it is that it can be enjoyed at any time. It really does hold up, and it’s likely, even probable, that it will continue to endure and endear itself to audiences for years to come.